You've heard all about it, right? Equestrian Culture magazine's month long giveaway of prizes? No? Well wake up, darlin'. [SHADBELLY Disclosure: Yes, you have to get creative and jump through a few hoops to qualify, but for prizes like these, we're in!] They're about halfway through the contest now, but several of the most coveted prizes are still up for grabs, like:
c) the Holy Grail, a limited edition pair of Dubarry Tweed Galway boots! These classic Country Boots are both waterproof AND breathable (have NO IDEA how that's possible, but it is) and trust me YOU WILL WEAR THESE EVERYWHERE and people will stare ... like in a GOOD way.
Oh, but, don't waste your time trying to WIN* the Dubarrys because they already have Connecticut dressage rider Virginia Leary's name all over them. Ok, it's not OFFICIAL or anything, but could anyone better exemplify the Dubarry Ireland lifestyle?
You see, Virginia's horse Kells, affectionately known as Spotty, is IRISH born and bred. Virginia purchased the gelding as a young event prospect from Carol Gee of Ireland's Fernhill Sport Horses. As Virginia's focus shifted to dressage, she recognized real potential in Spotty, so much so that she packed him up and headed to Germany for a summer to train with Ulla Salzgeber. Virginia and Spotty now compete at Grand Prix level in dressage.
No other horse turns heads and has the loyal, cult following that Spotty does. Artist Patricia Powers told SHADBELLY that she didn't need a commission, "I saw Spotty and immediately knew he was a horse I just HAD to paint!" ... and one we had to blog about.
So judges, go ahead and pick Virginia to win the Dubarrys, because this Irish horse of hers is a living work of art.
#dubarry #equestrianculture #livelovedubarry
* We're kidding, you know that, right? The contest to win the Dubarry boots is still wide open. Grab a copy of Equestrian Culture magazine and a camera and get creative! Full contest rules are here.