Birthday Time!

Today:  My birthday –

Don’t really feel that much different from yesterday.  Usually a good sign, right?!

More celebrations with my favorite family tonight, and tomorrow, but first, some absolute favorite things will happen.

Trail run at the lake with one of my awesome dogs.

Riding the quirky horse.

bringing horse out of pasture safely
Dirt Goddess exiting her kingdom to greet her people beyond the moat.

leading horse from pasture at winter

So grateful for being able to do all the fun stuff I love, and still more, the next day – without really hurting all that much the next day.  Best birthday present ever!

horses with floppy ears

Getting a new show coat too – want to help pick one?!! 

On the list:

  • 4 buttons
  • Blue
  • VERY breathable – I live in a toaster.  (Locals don’t agree, but they’ve been brainwashed.  Don’t trust anyone who thinks soft baked summer cookies made on the dashboard is quite normal.)

What you got?  What would you pick?!

40 thoughts on “Birthday Time!

  1. I have a truly lovely Pikeur Diana jacket that I got at a tack store tent sale for $100. MSRP $400-something. It was the only one on the rack and just happened to be my size. Blue, too. How often does that happen?? Anyway, Pikeur is very finely tailored, great square shoulders, (German engineering!), neat accent piping along the collar, and great fit. If anything happened to my jacket I would get another Pikeur in an instant, even if I had to pawn my horse blankets to do it LOL!! Mine is over 5 years old now, and was a close-out when I bought it, which is why it’s wool. Now they’re making all of them in machine-washable, breathable soft-shell fabric. I would probably go with the Sarissa II even though I’m not a big fan of front zippers. Price is in upper $400’s.

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    1. The Diana looks nice and classic, I like it when they’re not too short like that!
      I held a wool coat once, over my arm. That was enough to know it would NEVER work Feb-November…
      The Sarissa II looks awesome. I had to check it several of them tonight, they look lovely in pictures. Pikeur, yum!!

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        1. Yes! Thank you for the link! I know without VAT, the deals get better, but sometimes I stall because of shipping fees. This one here has a great deal for the Saphira – I like this one!! Would have to try it on first though.

          For anyone checking it out, click the link, then just search under clothing, then show jackets, and there are several Pikeurs there at really good prices. This is great!

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    1. I knew you’d have a Pikeur! They’re classic and the quality can’t be beat! Well, at least not for under 500. Animo, Arista, Equiline, Asmar, Kingsland. I like them all, but there’s no way I could plunk down the cash for them.
      You’ve inspired me to definitely do some shopping research now! Soft-shell Pikeur would be great…

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  2. Oh, do I have opinions about show coats! You’ve come to the right place. MUST HAVE TECHNICAL FABRIC!!! We who show in hot climates cannot do without it. Not to mention that it stretches with you, is machine washable, doesn’t wrinkle, breathes, etc., etc. I noticed someone mentioned Pikeur – probably a good one to look at. I have Animo, which I ADORE, but they are hard to find and usually pricey. Sometimes you can find on eBay but you have to really know your size. Equiline – same problem, but oh, the fit and the drape of these Italian designers. Oh my, so very lovely, light, flattering, and so much cooler. I say, go to a nice tack store and try on everything, then try to find it lightly used somewhere (eBay? craigslist? online listings of used tack?). People do change sizes, stop showing, etc., and show coats don’t get much use, anyway. Get the most beautiful one you can, you will be riding in it all the way through 4th level, so that’s quite awhile…Blue will be lovely on you and on the Grey Princess, by the way. You’ve seen my Green coat. Color is so fun to bring into the dressage ring and shock all those staid black wearers.
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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    1. Yes yes, technical!!!! I hate my ill fitting unbreathable straightjacket. I die every show.
      Ok, so Italians are out. And so is some other beauties like Kingsland, but Pikeur seem to have several options under 400… Blue seems harder to come by in all sizes… you are SO right, absolutely MUST try on I think. It should be just the right fit this time!
      You’ve got me all fired up to really take my time this time around and really get something that works! I don’t really have time to go shopping – but for this I will. So fun!
      And, I’ve ditched the Tipperary so this blue will match another new show helmet, in blue. I think it looks so nice to break up all the black 🤗😍

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      1. Try to enjoy the process of making yourself all beautiful! You only get to buy this show outfit once (every few years – or every many years, depending on what it is). Take your time but don’t take too much time, just like training. Research, try things on, get the thing that Looks Good, Feels Good, is Comfortable, Breathes, Flattering, etc., etc. And the right color, too. Whew, that is a tall order! Fingers crossed! (I’ll bet you can add the bling if you want to, you are crafty).

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        1. Feeling really motivated by this! So many new ideas, and YES, I’m definitely going to take my time. First off I really need to get out and try some coats on so I know what I like. But when!!?? I just work, and ride, and run so many miles, and there are dogs and scouting, and we always run out of groceries. Who shops in other cities any more!! I really need to do this 🙂
          Hoping by the show in May I’ll have something. And yep, I’ll be showing in it for a looooong time – since I have no idea how to train this horse to FEI levels 😉

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    1. I KNEW you guys would come through!! Never really shopped for a nicer showcoat before, now I’m liking almost All the Pikeurs!
      I’d really need to try the brand for sizing – reviews are all over the place on where I’d fall, so I wouldn’t know at all which size at this point.
      I like this price!!!

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      1. I think the imports are sized in American sizing, at least mine was. Just can’t get every product here…However, if you know what size you wore in Sweden (😁) and you want to order from England that would probably work.

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        1. I do know!! This is encouraging!
          As long as they stay true to those sizes, I’d be a 36. But, I know that British sizing can be different from Swedish. Gaaaaah! And let’s not even get started on French – they always have to be different, with everything 😉

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        1. This is getting more and more interesting! Seriously, you guys have really motivated me to get something nice this time around! My current showcoat is, well, let’s just say it’s about 3 inches too short or more in the arms, and it doesn’t button up right in the front either. And even though it’s not wool, you just sweat to death in it.
          Can’t wait to see if I’ll be able to get something much more enjoyable 🙂

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    1. Great, tanks!! The Aristas have the longer, classic length – I like that!!! It better be thin to put up with inland California heat. If you show soon, let me know, I’ll be shopping for some time!!

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  3. Happy Birthday, You had commented on my post from yesterday and pointed out the photo being offensive– I since have removed the photo as that was something that was completely overlooked and not intentional. Thanks for having pointed that out and I do wish you a happy birthday.

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    1. Hi, I am so glad! That’s the second time that photo showed up in my feed, and it’s a terrible example of how a horse should have to work for its living. Expressions of extreme pain, frenzy and torment aren’t usually all that popular as a marketing choice. Appreciate you removing it and wishing you all the best! 🙂

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    1. I like Spooks, but haven’t been able to see any products over here! From what I can tell, it’s beneficial with the exchange rate, but, the shipping is a killer…
      If anyone else know that I’m wrong, I’m all ears!! 🙂

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  4. Omg! Happy Birthday! Mine was on the 23rd! Aquarians rock. 😉 A new show coat is the perfect birthday gift to oneself. I LOVE my Kingsland coat…scored it on sale and it’s very traditional looking, flattering, and light.

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    1. Happy belated to you Tonia! It’s a great birthday month 😉
      Kinglsand are really sleek looking – I really like the quality. Haven’t seen one at a reasonable price both in my size, and blue.
      aaaaah, why did I decide on blue!! 🙂

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      1. Yeah those European brands are so nice, but hard to find here. eBay is your friend!! They make their Baltimore coat in blue and it’s gorgeous…but very pricey. eBay!!

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        1. Agreed. Then again, I sometimes have very bad luck finding the right things on ebay. Tricky to search, and I run out of patience, haha. Did you see that link earlier to one of the GB sites with reasonable Pikeur coats available. Excited about that one!!

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