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What I Couldn’t Afford at the Charlotte Dujardin Symposium

I used up this month’s disposable income by attending the Charlotte Dujardin Symposium held in Sherwood, OR on October 4th & 5th. As expected, Charlotte Dujardin was inspiring, entertaining, funny, and passionate about training. We came home with great training ideas replanted in our heads and lots of quirky British phrases to back it up. (More on that in an upcoming post.)
However, as a rider on a budget, the symposium left me feeling somewhat impoverished. The quality of the horses was jaw-dropping — can’t afford that. The riders were fantastic, too — no amount of lessons are going to get me to that level of riding within this lifetime.
And then there were the vendor tents. The following photos will give you an idea of what I mean by ‘beyond my reach.’

Deniro boots with Samshield helmets. The boots were gorgeous and surprisingly only $1k to $1.5k. The helmets, on the other hand, started at $1,100 and went way up. That bling really protects your head!

Deniro boot with Samshield helmets. The boots were surprisingly only $1k to $1.5k. The helmets started at $1,100 and went up. That bling really protects your head!


$400 riding britches. Your butt sparkles when you ride.

$400 riding britches. Your butt sparkles when you ride.


$185 Judi bell boots with rhinestones. Really???

$185 Judi bell boots with rhinestones. Really???


Finally, there was the VIP lunch. For $30, I have to ask organizer Scott Hayes “Where’s the Chardonnay?”
Where's the Chardonnay?  $30 sandwich and salad on a paper plate.

Where’s the Chardonnay? $30 sandwich and salad on a paper plate.

Really, Scott, $30 for a sandwich, green salad, pasta salad, and soft drinks? The symposium was terrific but our VIP table included chairs, coffee, tea, and water. Everyone wants to make a profit, but please tax the woman buying the $185.00 rhinestone-encrusted bell boots. She can afford it.