We've had a lot of "Firsts" here at Shadbelly:
- First blog post (January 1st!),
- First Facebook "Like" by a non-family member (January 5th),
- and more recently, well actually just the other day, First genuine, on-topic exchange with a reader!
Sure, I'd received a few token comments from insiders (thanks Dad!), and some kind words from dressage-lovin' English majors (thanks Mom!), but wow, a blogger's dream, a real conversation.
Ok, so for those of you who missed it:
"SHADBELLY: My young horse is black bay with a deep red undertones throughout. People often comment on his unusual color. I'm thinking about updating from my old Pikeurs but if I go with something other than basic black I don't know what color would look best on him. What do you think?" - Anne from New York
Dearest Anne, SHADBELLY will be forever grateful for your bravery ... and if we ever get freebies, you know we've got you covered! That's a great question! The perfect intro to a blog post I was already dying to do.
You see, I have the exact same problem. My mare is a sleek, inky black ... for about 2 weeks of the year. The rest of the time, she's . . . almost black. To me, the problem with "almost black" is that when viewed side by side against the "true black" of my dressage coat, my girl looks ... well not quite as rich, dark and BRILLIANT as I think she should! Our recommendation: the Pikeur Irina in Bronze.
I zeroed in on this coat last fall at the Mystic Valley dressage show in Connecticut. Rider Jane Hannigan wore her bronze Irina in her 3rd level ride on Rubenstern. This jacket went immediately to the top of my MUST HAVE list. Judge for yourself:
Photo courtesy of Brenda V. Cataldo, Moments in Time
I know what you're thinking - that's not "bronze"! Why Pikeur would choose this name for a color that is not even bronzish is beyond me. It's actually more of a khaki, but whatever color you call it, we think it's a sophisticated modern neutral that works beautifully, particularly on bays, blacks and dark browns. Bling-bashers be forewarned, Pikeur included a touch of sparkle with their signature crown on the left sleeve of the Irina.
BRAVO! Jane, we LOVE the look!
At SHADBELLY we'd like to know what other color combinations you think work with this "bronze". Look for the little comment box right below this post. Also, be sure to check out SHADBELLY on Pinterest for lots of great apparel color ideas indexed by your horses coat color.
SHADBELLY NOTES: Jane tells SHADBELLY she got her Irina from Horse of Course (of course!) Thanks to Jane Hannigan for agreeing to be in the spotlight, and to photographer Brenda Cataldo of Moments in Time for kindly allowing us to share this image with our readers.
Thanks for blogging with SHADBELLY. We'll be back next week with the next installment in our wildly popular series on Dressage Figures: What's your Rider Conformation?