Greetings, I’m Sally Batton from Etna, NH. I am the Head Coach of the Varsity Dartmouth Equestrian Team and the Director of Riding at the Dartmouth Riding Center. I’ve been coaching in the IHSA for 35 years and loving horses for 58 years!
Although I don’t ride anymore, I do wear riding clothes to teach both my Dartmouth team and for clinics that I teach all over the world. I teach a wide variety of clinics: Jumping, Flat, Balanced Seat, Polocrosse and even Western. I regularly teach in Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa, Southern CA and all over New England.
Stickyseat Breeches: I exclusively wear Stickyseat regular or polarfleece boot-cut breeches. I have tried MANY types and brands of breeches through the years (my children say I have an addiction) and Stickyseat are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. I wear them all day and not only teaching, I wear them to run errands, to concerts, sometimes even to social events. They look just like yoga pants and come in Tall sizes so, for once, they are long enough for me since I’m 5’11”! In addition, I get the kind with the cargo pockets so that I always have a place to carry my cell phone. The only downside to these amazing pants is that due to the “Stickyseat” it can be a little tough to get out of leather seats in a car!
UV Shirts: If it’s a sun shirt of any brand or style, I’ll wear it! For a NH, fair-skinned woman to teach in Hawaii and South Africa, I must have a shirt that’s cool but also provides sun protection. I do love Kerrits because the arms are long enough but I also wear Noble Outfitters, Kastel and regular non-riding brand Columbia. My favorite shirts have a zip pocket somewhere to stash my sunscreen Hawaiin Tropic lip balm and my cheat-sheet of rider names at my clinics!
Hoka One One Shoes: Due to back problems that ended my ability to ride, I MUST have comfortable, supportive shoes to teach clinics for 8-10 hours per day. I would love to wear a paddock boot but just haven’t found one that isn’t stiff. My sports medicine doc recommended Hokas and I’ve worn these dreamy sneakers and hikers ever since!
Columbia Sun Hat and Dark Sunglasses: I wear a wide brim Columbia packable straw hat that is a lifesaver for long days in the broiling sun. You also can always find me in my dark sunglasses, you never know when the paparazzi are lurking nearby.