The other night after riding I was turning the horses out and realized I’d run out of fly spray. I’d thought I had more, but as per Murphy’s Law, I didn’t. Cue last minute dash to try and make it to the tack store before they close. It was 7:40pm and my local Dover Saddlery is often open until 8pm, so that’s where I headed. Even gave them a call to let them know I was coming and what I needed so it could be waiting and I could get out of their way by closing. (I’ve worked retail and know what it’s like when you want to go home and someone comes in at 7:59 and you close at 8:00.)
I had literally just walked in the door when Sarah Jane, one of my Dover BFFs, yelled to one of the other associates to “Get Amy that shirt!” (Is it just me, or does everyone get attached to the folks that work at the tack shops they go to? I swear – I love and rely on mine like I did my Labor & Delivery nurses.
The girl brought over what looked like a very nice wrap collar show shirt with contrasting fabric inside the collar and cuffs. I couldn’t tell what the pattern was – it looked vaguely Vineyard Vines-y, until Sarah held it up. That’s when I went nuts. Wine bottles and glasses!! Red and white!!! On navy or purple backgrounds, with matching contrast stitching. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! What a perfect blend of two of my favorite things, horses and wine! Honestly, I think I may have been jumping up and down with excitement. Or doing the pee pee dance. At my age it’s a toss-up.
Seriously, how perfect are these shirts???
They are part of the Essex Classics Talent Yarn collection, and are made of high-tech fabric with mesh panels for ventilation and contrasting stitching for a subtle pop of color. They have anti-bacterial and deodorant magic to help you avoid show-stink, and UV sun protection. Even better, they come with Scotchgard stain resistance – less slobber stains, yay! They also have collar snap repositioning. I have no idea what that even is. Kinda like when you’re buying a car and you don’t know half the stuff the salesperson is telling you it has, let alone if you’d ever have a need for any of it.
The shirts are fitted, so keep that in mind if you choose to order. If you like a looser fit, you’ll probably want to order up a size. At $129 they’re a bit of an investment, but if you’re addicted to horses and wine, there really couldn’t be a more perfect show shirt.
I’m not showing at the moment, so I don’t really need one. Other than the fact that I neeeeed one because, really, they’re perfect.
Conundrum. Maybe I can wear it to work…