Modern dressage competition apparel has become quite extravagant, in pretty much every sense of the word. What with all the sparkly rhinestones, lace trim, lingerie-esque mesh cutouts - it's a far cry from the frumpy "one style fits all" clothes of yesterday. So when you make an investment in a new show jacket or a fine pair of custom dressage boots, you want to take care of them - right?
Not so simple. When you're schlepping your stuff back and forth through barns, in and out of pickup trucks, horse trailers, golf carts, wheelbarrows ... it's not so easy to "keep it clean". And by nature most equestrians prefer animals to people anyway, so we're sharing our space not only with our horses, but with dogs, cats, chickens, goats and pot-bellied pigs. Everybody needs a nice cozy place to nap - why not on your brand new dressage coat?
So how do you keep your lily-white show breeches bright, your buttons intact, your stock tie untrampled? Protection, dear readers, protection. Don't trust flimsy improvisations, because nothing, I repeat NOTHING, sends a dressage horse into the stratosphere like an errant dry cleaning bag floating in the breeze.
We're here to help. SHADBELLY is giving away two AWESOME prizes to help you "Keep it Clean: a Fab-Functional Garment Bag and a Boot Bag from Noble Equine!
We're really impressed with Noble Equine's "Just for Kicks Tall Boot Bag". Its a well constructed bag of heavy weight poly-canvas fabric with a water resistant finish. The bag is available in black, navy or hunter with contrasting trim, and features a nice rubber base and a padded separator to keep your boots from rubbing together.
The matching Noble Equine Show Ready Garment Bag has a coated interior to protect your competition ware and a snap fastener so you can neatly fold the bag and go. Both bags come with a patch so you can proudly declare your discipline - we picked dressage (ok, duh - you already guessed that.)
Entering is easy! Just snap and share a photo of your Chewing Chihuahua, your Terrorizing Tabby or your Naughty Newfoundland. *We'll reward the entrant with the most "votes" in our contest with the Garment Bag, and we'll pick our OWN PERSONAL FAVORITE fan as winner of the Boot Bag (so YES, the more we know you love SHADBELLY and Noble Outfitters, the more likely you are to WIN!)
"What???", you ask. "Shouldn't it be a random drawing for the winners?"
Heavens no, darlin'. Our blog, our rules. Good luck.
Contest ends Saturday August 23, 2014 at midnight EST.