Petrie Padova

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As I told yesterday I went and bought new boots. It was quite a journey!

On Friday I went to Epplejeck Heemskerk who told me I wasn’t allowed to try the ones I wanted to try because she checked the size of my calf and said they would never fit. So the next morning we went to Divoza in Zoetemeer, which is a 40 minute drive from where I live. Once there no one came to help me and I couldn’t find anyone either so I decided to try on some boots myself.  I tried on the one that I wanted, and noticed it did fit around the calf, but they didn’t have the size I needed. So on we went to the next store which was Epplejeck Den Haag. The girl that helped me there was a lot nicer then the one the day before, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size, but at least I found out that the boots did fit around the calf for sure.

Thereafter I started calling around to loads of different stores: Levade in Haarlem didn’t sell them, Boer en dier in Muiderberg told me the size didn’t exist?! and then lastly I ended up checking Ooteman and they had them, the only issue was that they were over an hour away from where we were and it was 1530 and the store closed at 17.00. However we decided to drive there and I was so happy I did. Not only did they have the boots I wanted in both Black and brown, so I could choose, but they also provided great service. And to make it even better the boot was priced down from 299 euro to 245. Below you can finally see my new boot, the Petrie Padova. I was so afraid that I would need to customise boots as I have quite thick calfs(42 cm), but these fit perfectly because of the elastic on the back. Once I’ve used them a couple of times I’ll make a review. For now they do feel super comfy and love that the zipper is on the front side.

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Competition jacket

Yesterday I was enjoying watching combinations ride at the dressage competition at my barn the whole day. Mr.Grumpy has done plenty of competitions, both in jumping,crossing as well as dressage, but I’ve never done one before. However while watching all of these combinations I started thinking that I would like to give it a go to.

I do already own the white breeches and white saddle pad that you need, but I would still need  a competition jacket and shirt. They really do come in all sorts of prices, but I must say that I most likely won’t pay more then 100 euro for one. The only issue for me is that I’m pretty small and compact, wearing a normal blazer for me is a nightmare, let alone finding one. I did have a look online to see if I could find some nice ones, but will have to go to the store this weekend  to see how they fit. Below you can see a selection of some in various prices.


From top left:

  1. Equi-theme white softshell – 145 euro
  2. Busse Gera Soft  – 130 euro
  3. Equi-theme color softshell – 140 euro
  4. Harry’s Horses Jewels – 99 euro
  5. Harry’s Horses superstar – 99 euro
  6. Imperial Riding snowfall softshell – 174 euro
  7. Kingsland Casual – 164 euro
  8. Kingston Arena ladies – 90 euro
  9. Pikeur Tosca – 220 euro
  10. Spooks stripes – 280 euro

I really like the blue Equi-theme one!