View Full Version : Any dressage specific catologs/websites?
Jan. 10, 2011, 01:38 PM
Are there any good dressage-only catologs or online tack/ clothing stores? I know Dover, smartpak and several other mainstream companies offer dressage stuff but do not know any of the companies that specialize in dressage. I am from hunter land and want to know what all is out there before I do all my shopping (I am getting ready to do some dressage shows this year- yippee!). Thanks!
Jan. 10, 2011, 02:13 PM
Jan. 10, 2011, 02:31 PM
I second Dressage Extensions. They have everything...and then some.
As well - there are a few blogs out there that are specific to dressage. One that I follow quite religiously is "Behind the Bit" blog by Stacey Kimmel.
She bought Riley (Donnerhall/Deniro/Delaurentis - bloodlines) when he was just a few weeks old. The blog chronicles the training of him - both in hand and under saddle (he will be 5 this year), as well as different products that she uses and the ups and downs with medical, complications, etc. She also owns a 23 year old TB...Harvey. The stories about him are hilarious:) She competed in dressage with him...after "hunter land", herself.
I switched from "hunter land" 6 months ago:) Welcome:)
Jan. 10, 2011, 02:32 PM
cross post-never mind
Jan. 12, 2011, 09:22 AM
I switched from hunterland about 7 years ago. Unsound mare and the realization that I was going to jump the same AA courses the rest of my life... Wardrobe perspective: found myself ALWAYS riding in boots; no more 1/2 chaps. Found that I'm indifferent between full seat and knee patch britches. Schooling show wardrobe is no biggy; neat and tidy, shirt w/ a collar. Recognized shows, you can get away w/ your hunter coat for a bit if its dark, but add white britches and white gloves.
Tack - basic snaffle bit. you will want a dressage saddle sooner rather than later. Fit is very important. Black is the norm, brown is ok too.
Training perspective. I WORK much harder at this than I did riding hunters. Every stride, every movement I'm accountable for the rhythm, impulsion, etc etc. It was very difficult for me to sit straight and undo the 2-point mentality and to let go w/ my knees and thighs. Then again they say its hard for an old dog to learn new stuff:D
I am a results oriented personality so l love getting such detailed test results and seeing my scores improve (or not) and all that.
Jan. 12, 2011, 10:20 AM
http://www.foxsdentackshop.com/ eventing and dressage
http://www.dressageextensions.com/home.html as previously mentioned (my go to place)
http://www.eurosaddlery.com/ good for saddles and strap goods, but they have broadened their inventory recently
Jan. 12, 2011, 04:09 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions!
Jan. 12, 2011, 04:17 PM
I use dressageextensions for just about everything.