View Full Version : Inexpensive Shadbelly

May. 1, 2012, 08:05 PM
So, my diet has been paying off, and the tailor deemed my old coats too large to take in. With a show 3 weeks away, I need to find an off-the-rack shadbelly that will be passable (and get here in time). I'm still hoping to lose another 2-3 sizes, so I don't want to go expensive or custom since I'll hopefully be selling it by fall.

Does anyone have any input on these (quality, true to size chart, etc.), or know of a better option?

http://www.SmartPakEquine.com/ovation-ladies-dressage-shadbelly-9728p.aspx?cm_vc=Search (Ovation)

http://www.dressageextensions.com/ProductDetail.asp?KEY=61021 (Unknown)

http://www.dressageextensions.com/ProductDetail.asp?KEY=61023 (Goode Rider)

http://www.equestriancollections.com/product.asp?groupcode=JP00274 (TuffRider)

http://www.equestriancollections.com/product.asp?groupcode=RJ00011 (RJ Classics)

May. 1, 2012, 08:23 PM
the 2nd one on your list is a Pfiff (german). It is a great shadbelly, holds up well. Runs a bit small.

May. 1, 2012, 08:50 PM
The RJ Classics shad is GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS, incredibly lightweight. Runs short in the body. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=446843865332422&set=a.379476358735840.111732.228209437195867&type=1&theater (very long link, sorry)

May. 15, 2012, 05:00 PM
Thanks, Lauren. Just thought I'd come back with an update. I ordered the RJ Classics Volte and it arrived yesterday. It is quite lovely- even more lightweight than I expected. It is definitely short wasted, but it is also the most flattering cut I've tried. It is definitely not a coat to wear with low-rise breeches.

The sizing is generous. I followed their size chart, and was at the higher end of the 1" range for bust and waist on the size that I ordered. Even so, it has ample room to move, and I will likely have the waist taken in a bit after this weekends show.