Back In The Day
This story happened in what seems like a different universe a long, long time ago! I was probably about 10 or 11 years old maybe.
Summer Dressage Show
We had hauled with the lesson barn I was riding at during that time to a schooling dressage show. I don’t remember the exact month, but it was summer and EXTREMELY HOT out!
Those of you who are familiar with dressage know that dressage show attire consists of white pants and a shirt. A white stock tie, black boots, black jacket and of course a black helmet. Not the ideal summer outfit.
Every once in a while the dressage gods will shine down with sympathy on a hot day and excuse jackets. Meaning, they won’t penalize you for not having your show coat on during your test.
Not Excused For Me!!!!
When it came time for my ride time and I changed into my show clothes, I was excited that for once we were allowed to ditch the show jackets. It is a rare thing, those judges don’t mind watching their competitors sweat!
It was brought to my attention pretty quickly that I was going to have to keep the damn jacket on.
Evidently, I didn’t think about my underwear when I was packing my white show pants. My underwear showed right through my white pants.
I mean, obnoxiously stood out. They were some neon color and had a day of the week on them. We can hope I at least was wearing the right day of the week, since for a brief time everyone saw it!
Could They Have Put A Sign On Me Or Something?
I got to the point where I wished someone would just put a sign on me that said” I know jackets are excused, I can’t take it off my underwear shows through”.
Every other person who passed me was like” honey, don’t you know jackets are excused? Take that hot thing off !”. So, then I had to tell everyone my underwear was showing. Over and over again! I was a little kid and it was humiliating!
How Did I Do In The Show?
I don’t remember. Hard to imagine I did very well, stressing out over my underwear and sweltering under a hot black coat. Not to mention the horse that I rode at the time was a little squirrely, so with me in a crappy mood it was probably a ugly test.
Whether at a show or schooling at the barn. To avoid being laughed at or stuck wearing a hot coat in the summer. Think twice when selecting the underwear you put under your breeches.
I laugh now! I did not laugh at the time! In fact, I most likely cried from a crappy dressage test and being overheated! Oh, the stories I have about horse shows as a kid! I will tell you some more sometime!
In The Mean Time! What Day Is It?
Oddly enough, today is National Bootlegger’s Day and National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Who knew? If you were looking for a reason to celebrate here you go!