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New Albany Classic Jumps

New Albany Classic Grand Prix

Central Ohio has a healthy equine industry; there’s no shortage of boarding barns, trainers, vets or farriers and we definitely have more than just a few horse shows available. But I have to admit, we’re not the hunter/jumper hub of the Buckeye state. I think if you took a poll of Ohio’s equestrian citizens, the majority would own and show Quarter Horses–which makes sense, considering the world’s largest single-breed horse show is literally in our backyard. So while it’s pretty cool to have so many horse-related options and activities, sometimes I feel like us hunter/jumpers get the short end of the stick. But we do, however, have a really cool Grand Prix event to drown our tears with. Read More

Irideon Kismet Show Coat Review

Product Review: Irideon Kismet Show Coat

Irideon Kismet Show CoatProduct Details

Irideon Kismet Show Coat
Retail Price: $332.99
What I Paid: $150
Purchased: May 2014

The Review

When I started showing again back in 2010 I needed a new coat on the cheap, so I picked up a navy wool jacket on Ebay for $25. I wore it for two seasons and while it was just fine, the construction and fit left a lot to be desired. So I went on the hunt for a stretchy, technical fabric jacket; unfortunately this turned out to be a big more difficult than I originally imagined as many brands don’t carry my size. When I stumbled upon the Irideon Kismet, I was tickled pink: this jacket is everything I wanted and more! The “StretchTech™” soft shell fabric really is super stretchy, more so than the Grand Prix TechLite or the Ariat Triumph I tried on, as well as much lighter and cooler than wool. The fit is spot on and true to size, although I did shorten the sleeves just a bit for my T-Rex arms. Read More

Riding Socks

TBA Blog Hop: Riding Socks

It’s blog hop season, apparently! TBA just started her very first blog hop, and I’m really excited to participate, especially since her first topic is on one of my random equestrian obsessions: riding socks. Some girls like to buy lots of makeup or Louboutin shoes… I like to buy riding socks. I guess in the grand scheme of things, this unhealthy obsession of mine is at least relatively cheap [let’s face it, Zocks are cheaper than Maybelline]. I get really excited when new colors and patterns come out, and I literally cannot physically check out at a tack shop without buying a pair of boot socks. My collection is mostly made up of Ovation Zocks, but I have a few Sox Trots and Sock It To Me’s in my drawer as well… and yes, I have an entire drawer dedicated to just riding socks. I told you I had a problem!

Honestly, I don’t really have a favorite brand; all three brands I have I love. I use Zocks and Sox’s in the summer, because they’re thinner. My Sock it to Me’s are a bit thicker, but they keep my toes from going numb with cold in the winter, so that’s a bonus. My biggest consideration when buying riding socks is how cute the pattern is… because I’m obviously five years old and very mature. Lately, I’ve been hunting for some new colors to add to my collection: namely orange and green. Also, Ohio State Buckeyes riding socks would be a fantastic addition to my collection. So if you’re out and about and happen to see any cute ones, send ’em my way!

Riding Socks
The clean half of my sock collection