... We Don't Want to Be Right!
Horses are expensive - no denying that. Hey, remember back around the time of the Presidential election and the 2012 Olympics - when the press got worked up in a frenzy over Ann, Mitt, Rafalca and the whole cost-of-dancing-horses thing? Did that sudden, widespread interest in the financial aspects of our sport create turmoil in your world too?
Well, the timing of it could not have been worse for me personally. You see, I was right in the midst of intense negotiations with my sponsor (aka husband) for a second horse. Everything was going perfectly until, out of the blue, the absurd media hype threatened to derail my masterfully crafted plan. "That is RIDICULOUS!" I'd snap, while diving to flip off the radio dial so hubby wouldn't hear NPR's story about the "rarefied, blue-blooded world of dressage".
And could Stephen Colbert not SEE that he was crushing my dreams, my pursuit of happiness ... and for what? A few cheap laughs? But the late-night talk show jokes kept coming and dressage elitism became THE hot topic at dinner parties. Non-horsey acquaintances would smirk and ask, "How much was your dressage saddle? They cost $12,000, right?"
Hubby was getting nervous - I could sense that much.
If only I'd known then about Smartpak's $89 Piper Full Seat breeches with free shipping and free returns. The Piper's are THE perfect rebuttal: "See, Darling, horses aren't that expensive. Why, these amazing, super-cute, Piper riding breeches from SmartPak cost less than ... a tank of gas!"
Yes, SmartPak, we are genuinely impressed! We love the hip style and detailing - the Pipers really ARE as attractive as breeches costing twice as much. The quality? Looks pretty darned good! The Pipers are "cheap" only in the GOOD sense of the word: cost. And after all, isn't true style is really just knowing when to splurge ... and when to conserve? Here's what you need to know:
The Pipers are available in a Full Seat or Knee Patch configuration. SmartPak describes the Pipers as having a "stylish low rise cut", but don't let that scare you. Trust me when I tell you that these breeches will not leave your backside exposed like a plump plumber in an unfortunate choice of blue jeans. Oh, and while we're on the topic of the rear, we LOVE the flattering, "jean style" back pockets on the Piper.
Colors and Trim
We're ALL ABOUT color choices and SmartPak delivers. We chose a pair in Military Green (actually a nice, rich brown) with Black full-seat panel and trim to feature in the photos, but the Pipers come in NINE colors:
- Anthracite with Electric Coral (Pink) trim
- Black with White trim
- Blue Jean with Brown trim
- Charcoal with Light Grey trim
- Iron (Bronze-ish color) with Champagne trim
- Merlot with Dark Grey trim
- Military Green with Black trim
- Navy with Emerald trim
- Wheat (a nice Taupe) with Teal trim
The Piper's are a perfect everyday schooling breech weight. The comfortable, soft, stretchy fabric mix is figure-flaw-forgiving and designed to retain its shape long term. The full seat fabric is a stretch synthetic with good grip and (SmartPak assures us) lasting durability. And thank you SmartPak for the super comfortable, no-Velcro, ankle design.
Darlin', there aren't many guarantees in life, but Smartpak's Happiness Guarantee and qualified free shipping and free returns make giving the Piper breeches a try a total no-brainier. Seriously, could it get any easier than this?
In the unlikely event you don't already have SmartPak in your speed-dial, the number is 1-888-752-5171 and the peppy SmarkPak team is there to help you with sizes, color choices, whatever, literally 24/7. Oh, and do us a little favor and name drop "SHADBELLY" a few times while you're on the phone with SmartPak and you'll win our unwavering admiration.
So there you have it - proof that looking like a million bucks while riding your "ballet prancing dancing horse" doesn't have to cost a million bucks. Take that Stephen Colbert.