Why quality matters

Like most people at times I do like to try and do things on the cheap, but like most people, we can agree it sometimes falls apart! Well- maybe not literally. You just end up wishing you spent that few extra dollars, waited those few extra days or weeks for something a little different, something with a little more quality.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!

All things in the horse world aren’t cheap, owning horses in general isn’t a financial gain! Is that how the saying goes, ‘how to be a millionaire with horses, be a billionaire first’.!? So true! We all spend cash willingly on our 4-legged equine friends for a new rug, boots, bridle and of course the necessities – feed! Like most equestrians, I’m sure you’ll agree that we don’t like to actually spend our hard-earned cash on ourselves, it’s always the horse!

how to be a millionaire with horses, be a billionaire first

So, when we do spend money on ourselves, give ourselves a special little gift from time to time we want to make sure it’s quality. I’m the first to admit, I’m a bit of a diva. I always like to (well try to) have the latest things and seem well, trendy. I’m not talking ‘high end’ sell a kidney material, but good quality goods come with a little price tag.

That’s why when I launched the design aspect of Dressage Dreamers I wasn’t going to skimp out on any little detail. I’ve invested in equipment that is of good quality which will last and be able to be used again, again and again without any issues. But it’s not only the equipment, it’s also the investment in the actual shirt materials. Being able to source the best quality tees for my fellow equestrian friends.

Finding quality material is most definitely trial and error. Goes hand in hand with finding a reasonable supplier for the material! But when the stars align and both boxes are ticked you know you’re on the right track.

I can proudly say I know my shirts are of the best quality, they are not shirts you will find on sale in the local shops that I’ve printed on! I take pride and joy in making each and every shirt knowing that they are going to be worn by a fellow likeminded equestrian.

Throughout my travels, I have released several designs that are stock standard here at DDE. Which you can browse through the store here. Also, I have had requests of a more custom, personalised designs, such as logos for the stable team.

These requests are more than welcome, I have dedicated a page Custom Design, which you can read the details of what I can offer you!

I would like to thank each and every person who has supported me in my design journey in 2019, it means so much to me. I cannot wait for 2020!

Team Standardbred

It’s no secret I aim to create a positive community within the Standardbred world. I know how many ups and downs there are when we are on our journey re training our 4-legged best friends. Let alone re training a 5 gaited horse under saddle!

I wanted to share the Team Standardbred news that I’ve put together behind to scenes!

I’ve put together some attire to help spread the Team Standardbred love. These amazing Tees are available in 3 shirt colours and 6 different font colours for every single hard working Standardbred rider! You can check these Tees out here! Can’t wait for you to be apart of them team soon!! 🙂

Team Standardbred Tee

There are many groups out there on Facebook, but I thought I would create one for all likeminded people! Meaning, I created a supportive group, a safe place to share our training. All our ups and downs, achievements and frustrations! Not to mention help you stay accountable for your goals!

I always.. always preach you are never alone. We are all on this re training journey. Helping and supporting each other is right up the top of my list! Feel free to pop on by this Team Standardbred Group and be apart of the growing positive community today!

I’ve always got my ear to the ground, don’t hesitate to get in contact with any questions I am more than happy to help and point in the right direction.  🙂

Introducing the New Addition

New Addition

Well, now don’t I feel a little rude. I’ve recently purchased a new addition to the stables and I haven’t even formally introduced her! By recently, I mean just over 8 weeks ago. In my eyes, time flies when you’re having fun!

Formally welcoming ‘Minnie’ to the family. She is a beautiful just turned 4 year old Arabian Warmblood mare by Negro. You might be thinking, she isn’t a Standardbred? No she certainly is not, sired by the wonderful stallion Negro, who is also the sire of Valegro (Olympic Gold medal winner London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016, record breaker and possibly one of the best international dressage horses of this time). Out of a beautiful Arabian mare.

New Addition

Minnie is a future prospect for myself to campaign in pony dressage and possibly the young pony classes, fingers crossed she stays under height for pony dressage. At the moment, she only stands at around 14.1 hh.

While I was casually looking for the next prospect for the last 12 months, I always found a reason to be too chicken to pursue. It was only after my experience while I was on holidays I realised, you only live once. I first saw Minnie’s for sale ad on one of the Warmblood Facebook groups a few days before I left on holidays. As soon as I saw it, I instantly saved it and hit that turn notifications button on. I showed my mum, who  just rolled her eyes thinking, not another chestnut mare!! Then I showed one of my friends who instantly replied, oh I saw that ad. How beautiful is she and by Negro!

New addition

While I was recovering from my injuries in Maun, having no WiFi for almost two weeks. There was lots of Facebook notifications to catch up on. One I wasn’t surprised about was all the notifications on Minnie’s post. As I scrolled through them expecting to read how she was sold to a wonderful home, I was most surprised to read she was still for sale. Instantly in my injury state, tell my mum she is still for sale! I must have been quiet convincing I was well enough over the following weeks, as it wasn’t long until I was on that flight up to Queensland.  I already fell in love with her, but when I saw her in the flesh I instantly knew she was the one. 4 days later Minnie arrived at the property.

new addition

Before Minnie and before Arnie came into the spot light, I had a beautiful chestnut Arabian Riding Pony Mare (another chestnut! No, I don’t think I’m crazy! ? ). Who I have retired from competition approx. 12 months ago due to an injury. I have my fingers and toes crossed to hopefully put her in foal this coming breeding season, I’m so indecisive, I have 3 stallions on my list and I honestly can’t choose which one to go to first. They are all equally as beautiful and what I feel will complement her well. Minnie will be ‘filling her spot’ so to speak.

New Addition
Miss Lily

No need to stress, I have NO intention to retire Arnie from riding. As long as he is, fit, happy, sound and enjoying my company day in and day out he will be with me as my number 1 on the team. I will always have a Standardbred on my team for a riding horse, I already have my eyes on Kiwi Jak when he finishes racing! He is only 5, I have plenty of time to convert him when he finishes racing! Arnie didn’t start his career until he was 12/13 years old.

Here is just a small selection of the many photos I have of Minnie. I’m so smitten with her, I’m looking forward to working with her down the track and watch her grow into a beautiful dressage horse.