Hello, Her Riding Habit! I’m Maddie, the blonde behind The Blonde & The Bay. I am a 26-year-old Adult Amateur FEI dressage competitor, working in the real estate and creative industry while balancing my riding career on the side. In 2015, I created my Instagram as a place to share photos of my mare without bombarding my friends on a daily basis. Since then, my platform has grown into so much more, becoming a journal of my accomplishments, struggles, and everything in between. I’m so blessed to have met so many incredible people through my venture; it’s opened more doors than I could have ever imagined! Thank you, Molly, for allowing me to share my top 5 favorites for everyday riding. Let’s get started!
Head protection is a given, and I’m never without my Samshield helmet. I made the switch to this brand a few years ago, and I’ve yet to look back. It’s by far the most comfortable, breathable, and ventilated helmet I’ve ever worn. I’m a Samshield girl for life!
A few years ago, I wrote a post on my blog titled “A Tall Girl’s Guide to Dressage,” where I mentioned that as a woman of height, I found my brand tribe and loved them hard. Romfh Equestrian Apparel is the one company I always turn to when it comes to properly fitting breeches. They’re basically all I wear, just because they compliment my stature so very well.
You won’t catch me riding without my Roeckl’s, friends. I own a navy pair for everyday training and a classic white pair for competitions – this brand is my ol’ reliable. I never have to worry about rein rubs, blisters, or pinching of any sorts while in the saddle. The gloves allow for airflow while maintaining a solid grip, even in Texas humidity!
My Everest R Saddle + flocked sheepskin half pad
I have a confession… I’m in love with my saddle. I’ve kissed quite a few toads when it comes to finding a perfect fit for both myself and for Leah, and my Everest R by Custom Saddlery was the one. Because Leah is older, and her comfort is my ultimate priority, I never ride without a sheepskin half pad. My saddle fitter extraordinaire, Susan, custom flocked our half pad to accommodate Leah’s back. These two items are by far the most important!
My last favorite “thing” isn’t a material item at all. In my opinion, in order to succeed with our daily riding, we all have to come strapped with a positive, optimistic outlook, even when our ride does not go according to plan. Turning a negative into a learning experience is one of the most beneficial principles we equestrians can apply to training.