Be honest, did our name seem a bit odd when you first heard it Or maybe it immediately made perfect sense? Here's an explanation of what the name Ride Proud means.
What's in a name?
Everything, or nothing. In our case, it's everything. But you'll come to know that I don't do much without it having meaning or purpose.
When we kicked off I was surprised to learn thatour name raised a few eyebrows. In fact, our manufacturer even asked what the name is about. I thought it was obvious. Apparently not. When I set about naming this business I was told to find a name that meant something to me. Ride Proud means a lot to me. Let me tell you why.
The Seat of Things
For as long as I've ridden, I've worked on developing my seat; as my primary aid, it's the start of everything.(Hint: that's why our pants don't have back pockets). I've studied it, I've researched it, I've done courses, clinics and lessons on it. Hell, I've travelled across the world to participate in clinics focusing on it. I've read and watched almost everything I can, and I've observed. My findings? To me, the most effective, most elegant and most admired riders all share a particular posture – and that posture is proud.
When I was instructing and correcting position, I would sometimes hear myself say 'ride proud''. I've found that when a rider can take that proud feeling into her body, her seat immediately improves. I know, it's simplistic, but sometimes the best things are, aren't they?
Developing the Seat
This is a photo of me riding at a clinic in Europe a couple of years back. Yep, I'm bareback and on the lunge, and I'll take every opportunity I can to be lunged. It's so good for improving the seat.
Here's a challenge (or maybe it's not). Organise with a friend to ride bareback and on the lunge. Maybe you can take turns. I'd love to hear how it goes. Snap a photo and share it to our page or tag us on Instagram #rideproud
Until next time, enjoy your rides.
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Wonderful service and great products, great customer service. Colleen solved a problem without hesitation, wanting to make sure all was well and I was happy. New Limited Edition Pants (seconds) are such a good fit, can't wait to ride in them, and I can't tell why they are seconds! The 2 tone belt is nicely made and looks really smart. Can't wait to get the replacement one and start wearing it, not just to ride in either. Many thanks for the great products, customer service and being a caring company. I will be buying more!! Wendy
I have been looking for a pair of these for years and finally found them, right here in Australia! The quality and fabric is fantastic and the size is perfect after following the sizing guide. The email assuring me if there was anything not quite right I could exchange it was so lovely, great customer service!!!
These riding pants are just absolutely beautiful the colour to fit the cut and the length seems longer which is wonderful, the colour goes with everything and I feel so smart wearing them. I love all my ride proud pants but these ones are just stunning a cut above the rest.
Thank you Ride proud for my trainers pants. These pants are so comfortable and very stylish. I've had several people ask me about them when I wore them to a horse show. I gave them your name and web site. I just love these pants. I even go shopping in them they're just that awesome looking.. I am one very happy customer
This is my third pair of bootlegs and I’m just as happy with these as I am the first pair. Love the light gray color and did I mention the Horsewoman’s soap? It smells wonderful! Least I forget the socks 🧦 , good fit and perfect thickness and height.
Hi Colleen, well you have done it again. when I saw the photo I thought Nice !! then after I ordered them I had cold feet and thought the Colour might be to light. Only because I always attach the dirt. (don't wear white) But no They are here and they are stunning. cant wait to wear them. Just have to chop off the bottoms lol. Beautiful color and something I can wear with my lovely show blankets and my gorgeous black mare for any occasion.
Having procrastinated for so long to spend the money and stressing about picking my size… I finally jumped on board and wow - why did I wait so long??? Now I need more - I’ll be chipping away to get one in every colour! Had my first ride in these today - only ever ridden in jeans - no turning back for this chick! Thank you soo much!