Because I don’t have enough stirrups, I picked up these Compositi stirrups to add to my jump saddle.
Two things I went to Rolex specifically wanting to pick up were the new Total Saddle Fit girth with stretchy center and the 6 point Total Saddle Fit pad. They were each $10 off and there was no shipping so it was a pretty good deal since TSF is pretty much never on sale. Since Nilla is a fatty mcfat fat, and the TSF girth’s elastics are much stiffer than my other girth, I went up yet another size to a 26. That is now 6 inches larger than the 20″ I was using last year. It was definitely the right choice too; I don’t think I would have been able to get the 24″ on her. I like the fit of the stretchy girth much better than the older style of TSF girths which I found to gape a bit in the front. Full review to come when I’ve used to more.
I also picked up this random cheap halter because her old one is pretty beat and was looking tan instead of blue. I am going to have to figure out how to transfer the nameplate over or buy a new nameplate.
I bought a pair of Noble Outfitters gloves because they were the right color and cheap and they work on cell phones. Seriously, I am not a sophisticated shopper. My checklist is basically: color, price, basic functionality. The color thing might be an issue:
My husband picked up a pair of breeches, a shirt, and a rope halter for Eugene. We found a whole rack of men’s breeches which was very exciting. There was another guy there having a similarly exciting experience of getting to actually try on multiple different types of men’s breeches at the same time. And This should not be such a hard thing to do.
Things I liked but didn’t buy included the new Magyk Equip XC boots in colors. I really wanted the blue ones, but I have a feeling that even the smallest size is going to be too big for the little mule so I’m going to wait and order them from Riding Warehouse so I can return if necessary. I also wanted to get some more Kastel sun shirts, but they weren’t really on sale. If you bought two, you got a free hat, but I have tons of hats and don’t want anymore. This was a theme with a lot of stuff at Rolex; it was there, but it wasn’t actually a good deal. Which was probably for the best so far as both my bank account and my husband were concerned.
Conversation with my husband on Sunday:
Him: We have a bunch of time, what should we do before show jumping starts?
Him: What else do you want to get?
Me: I’d like to get some saddle pads.
Him: But you have tons of saddle pads.
Me: I haven’t bought any saddle pads at Rolex yet.
Him: That’s not even true, you bought the TSF one.
Me: That’s a half pad, that doesn’t count.
I looked at saddles a lot and talked to a few vendors, but just couldn’t find something I actually liked that I thought would fit Nilla. This whole mule back shape being different thing sucks.
What did you get at Rolex? If you didn’t go, what would you want to buy?
Lovely set of swag you go there 🙂
Loving the swag you nabbed!
After all the hype, I was sort of disappointed with the shopping too. I did get 2 pairs of Bradley breeches from the SmartPak tent for $41 (incl. tax), which was pretty amazing. But that's basically it! I kept expecting to see ~*amazing*~ deals, but half of the stuff was stuff I could buy at work and the other half was "GET THIS FREE THING WHEN YOU BUY 3 OTHER THINGS!"
Love the matchy matchy game!
Exactly. The deals just weren't that great.
Thanks. It seems to be an "in" color right now.
sigh. I am so jealous of everyone going to Rolex. I'm putting it on my list of things to do!
Do it. It's such a great event. Like a horse mecca.
I'm intrigued by the new TSF girth. Looking forward to seeing what you think!
I bought a pair of the Noble Outfitters gloves last month. My experience so far is that they're not as touchscreen-friendly as my old Heritage gloves – which sucks, because otherwise I like them a lot more. I can't get the thumb to work reliably on the phone. Maybe it's just me.
Damn. I hadn't actually tried the cell phone thing yet. I love the heritage ones for working on my phone, but they fell apart so fast I needed new ones and figured I'd try out the Noble Outfitters.
I like the fit of the girth much better and I like it so far, but I want to hold off on endorsing until I've used it for a bit.
The best part of Rolex is the shopping. SO MUCH SHOPPING.
Playing comment catch up (better late than never?)…
Very eager to hear how you find the new style of girth to work! Can't wait for the review.