For over 2 years now I’ve been quietly trying to lay down a message. The same message, repeatedly, but subtly. It’s there in our name and it’s there, written in the words on our cards and tags on the riding gear.
I grew up hearing them, but I’ve come to understand that some women didn’t. I was raised by a fiercely independent woman. A woman of gentle grace. A woman of contradiction perhaps. A woman who said things like, “stand tall and proud” and “conduct yourself with dignity”.
At 14 I didn’t get it. I was already quite tall and I thought she meant my posture At 14 I yelled and screamed and fought, with little dignity.
At 54 you won’t hear anything, mostly. I am not entirely my mother. But maybe I’m getting it. I understand it’s not just about your posture.
This is for all of us, but I’m putting it out there for women, and particularly women of age, and those who ride. You’re my tribe. And this is not just for the saddle.
This isn’t even about riding, but it will affect your riding (and your ride), and your way of living.
Karen picked it up.
This isn’t the first time over the past 2 years, but it’s happened again recently.
Karen posted about it in our community group. Others have messaged me privately, but this was public (within the confines and safety of our private group).
She’s allowed me to share it with you.
"When you wear your horizons RPs for the first time... On the first time you enter a competitive trail ride, with your best friend, as a two woman team... And the first time you ride 18klms and do many of the obstacles on the new mare you rescued..
And I kept hearing Colleen’s words, Ride Proud, so I would sit tall in the saddle and tackle each one with confidence. And we won ! Riding Proud."
~ Karen Osborn
My mother didn’t say “you can do anything”. She was realist. Sometimes, we really can’t, despite it all, despite our best efforts. If I failed she asked things like “but did you give it your best?”
It’s not about the win. Karen won, but it’s not about her win. I know enough of Karen to know it's not even about the win for her.
The valour isn’t in the victory, it’s in the striving, and it’s in the way we conduct ourselves throughout.
Stand tall and ride proud.
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I’m 5’5” 140ish lbs
Ordered size 12 they fit very well
Even in my thighs and knees where I have problems finding a comfortable unsausage casing fit !!
The jeans are at the tailors being shortened to fit my 30” inseam
Have not been in the saddle with them on yet excited to try them out !!!
These riding pants fit like a glove but are super comfy to ride in for hours on the trails. Well made and strong but flexible material. As the title says they are "Perfect!" Made for lady riders. I'm very pleased!
Just love these pants. They are very comfortable to ride in. They have the stretch in them that they won’t constrict your movement. Plus no inseam to rub your legs raw. Love them so much I purchased a second pair.
These are now my favourite pair of riding pants. Super comfy to ride and walk around in. The material is strong but flexible. The tummy support is truly awesome but has enough flexibility to be comfy when riding. Perfect! I’ll buy them again. Thanks Ride Proud ❤️
Exceeded my expectations! Initially I ordered the Horizon and was so surprised with how fast they arrived but unfortunately I ordered the wrong size so when I went to re order my correct size it was sold out. I didn't want to wait as I had a camping trip coming up so I ordered the Trail in navy. Again they arrived within a week which is shocking as I live in Canada. The fit is perfect for me as the Trail is shorter in the rise then the Horizon. The material seems more dense and not as stretchy and the bootcut is not as wide and flared at the bottom. I love how the full seat is very generous as well. For me the length of leg is perfect while in the saddle. Overall I can't fault these pants or the customer service. I ride numerous horses in the day and it's a relief that I am not having to take my tall boots or half chaps on and off as I do regular with my breeches. For a reference in sizing I am 5'6" and weigh 142lbs and I am wearing the size 10 Aus. I ride dressage and have a jumping background and for more fun I like to take my horses camping. I will be buying another pair in brown! Thanks Colleen and Ride Proud.