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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Really happy with my Denim Show Ring pants. They are soft, comfortable and wear really well. I especially love the two deep pockets which keep everything safe and sound all through the ride.
I am a western rider and I always wear these jeans when I compete in barrels and pole bending races. The inseam material keeps me secure in the saddle. I do wish that the words Show Ring wasn’t so obviously embroidered in white since I don’t wear them in the show ring but at the rodeo😉
To be honest, I am absolutely in love with these pants. The colour just matches literally everything I own including my horses! Love love love!!!! Thank you for such gorgeous, inspiring and quality riding pants <3
The size I received is about 2 sizes too large, although I sent for the size according to measurements. As it would be prohibitively expensive to return, I’ll have to do major alterations or sell them on. Otherwise a lovely product.
These have amazing qualities such as the 4 way stretch denim which is super comfortable and flattering. The phone pocket is a great idea as are the boot keepers. I wore them recently at the Gympie Muster and felt right at home. The leg length is quite long as I am 170 cm and ordered the 83cm. I ordered my regular fashion clothes size. So good knowing I can ride in them or just wear them and feel great!