Does a bit of bling make you a dressage diva?

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My mare and I are on the cusp of Third Level. Flying changes come and go – occasionally she does a few easily clean and straight, and other days, it’s, “huh? I have no idea what you’re talking about.” All other third level moves feel fairly easy; the changes will come soon enough. Probably.

So I allowed myself the indulgence of buying a new (admittedly unneeded) show shirt at the Animo Black Friday Sale. 

Admittedly, the shirt above falls in the rather blingy (but oh so fabulous!) category. Does this make me a dressage diva? It is an interesting question.

Such a (negatively) loaded term. I immediately think of a small overweight woman bouncing along on an enormous horse, weighed down with bling everywhere. “NEVER!”quoth I.

Yet one most know oneself. The truth will set you free.

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Know Thyself

Diva definition: “a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality.”

Having attained a certain age (well over 50), perhaps I’m entitled to enjoy a little glamour here and there. Well made, glittery shirt? Sure.

As for success, well, it comes and goes. Doing what we can to be successful AND have fun.

Dressage Diva: Yes, in the true sense of the word. Bring it. I’m old enough to enjoy the glitter if I want to. That said, let’s try to stay reasonably tasteful. One can go TOO far. As in this:

 

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Coming soon: Starlight embraces her inner dressage diva with her own glittery coronet (aka browband). Just wait until you see her Christmas Present.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Does a bit of bling make you a dressage diva?

  1. Oh well, you know me – a little bling will never hurt. Tasteful, not overdone with crocodile, extra accent colors, and glitter everywhere. You’ll go in and OWN the ring first time out at 3rd! 🙂

    OK, now I want to see the brow band! 🙂

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    • I think a bit of judicious bling is fine, but it’s a personal thing. I have certainly seen it overused and I have personal preferences about where it should be (please, never on the saddle). On the other hand, if it makes you happy and doesn’t hurt the horse, well, one gets to the point in life where one says, “what the heck, why not, if the rules permit it and I like it?” What looks good is in the eye of the beholder.

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