Meet the Dover Staff – Lorelle Carpenter

lorelle ridinThis week on our Meet the Staff series we introduce you to our VP of Marketing, Lorelle Carpenter!

Q)  What is Your Role at Dover Saddlery?
A)  I am the Vice President of Marketing and I look after all aspects of digital and print marketing for Dover Saddlery.

parade ridingQ)  How Long Have You Been Riding?
A)  Wow. This is going to make me sound (and feel!) really old, but I have been riding for 42 years, since I was two years old. My mom used to put me on one of our big old geldings to keep me from getting “under foot” while she was picking paddocks – we called him “the babysitter.”

Q)  What Discipline Do You Ride?
A)  When I was a kid, I competed in Hunter/Jumper at the regional and national Arabian breed shows, and I also competed in local 4H shows. I played Intercollegiate Polo for UCONN in my college years, and after college I lived in England where I exercised both point-to-point steeplechasers and Irish Show-jumpers. I currently just hack out on trails with my two kids, Morgan and Skye, and drive them to shows and pony club rallies.

Q)  What’s Your Favorite Riding Memory?family riding
A)  Favorite riding memory? There are so many. I guess one of my favorites is riding out with my oldest daughter when she was little. I used to pony her on my favorite mare, Wisteria, until she was old enough to go “off the rope.” I remember one quiet summer evening when we were riding deep in the forest, turning in my saddle to make sure she was safely following along, and laughing because instead of holding the reins, she was singing a little song to her horse and trying to catch butterflies. I remember thinking how great it was to be able to share my passion of riding with my kids.

Q)  What’s Your Favorite Product?
A)  It’s hard to pick a favorite product because we have so many great ones, but I do love my Tredstep Deluxe Half Chaps. I have been riding in them for more than 10 years and they have held up so well that they almost look like they are still new. When I first put them on, they were immediately comfortable and since then they have worn in to fit me like a glove. I pair them with my favorite pair of Ariat paddock boots and I’m ready to hack around town.

Keep Legs Warm with Winter Breeches

winter breechesIf you’re stuck in a cold climate for the winter, you’ve probably invested in a really warm jacket, insulated boots, wool socks and the protective gloves so you can keep riding comfortably. But have you picked out winter breeches or tights yet? When you ride, your legs are exposed to the elements, with knees and thighs taking a blast of cold air as you trot and canter around the ring or through the trails. Here are our favorite winter riding pants to help your lower body stay cozy during your time outside at the barn:

  • Kerrits® Fleece Flow kerrits fleece flow rise tightsRise Tights
    These winter riding tights are some of the most comfortable! Their soft fleece lining envelopes you in warmth and makes pulling them on a treat. The exterior of these winter tights is durable and does not easily pick up hay or shavings. They are equally comfortable doing barn chores, riding or running errands in cold weather after you leave the stable. Currently available on sale in herringbone color patterns, and also available for kids!
  • Riding Sport™ Corduroy Full Seat – Naturally warm corduroy makes these breeches soft like velvet, yet stretchy enough for riding with a touch of Lycra® added to the fabric. Made with a modified low rise, these winter breeches will sit higher in the back for complete coverage from the cold air. A stylish choice that will keep out the cold this winter.
  • irideon polartec powerstretch breechesIrideon® Polartec® Power Stretch® Knee-Patch BreechesIf you want warmth without bulk, these winter breeches are for you. A soft fleece inner creates a cozy feeling against your skin, while smooth outer fabric repels barn debris. Polartec fabric is quick-drying to wick moisture away from your skin and to help you stay dry during any snow you may encounter at the stable.


  • Mountainmountain horse polar full seat riding pants Horse® Polar Full-Seat Riding BreechesWilling to ride through a blizzard in the worst of winter? These waterproof riding pants are the choice for you! These winter breeches offer the ultimate protection from winter elements. With 120 grams of poly insulation, waterproof material to withstand heavy wind, rain and snow, waterproof zippers, snow gaiters and a reinforced seat, you will be well covered and warm. These winter breeches are fabulous for riding, teaching lessons, working around the stable and you may even find yourself slipping them on to shovel the driveway!

This list represents just a few of the winter breeches we love. Take a look at our full selection and read the reviews to see what other riders have found that they love. Once you have the full winter gear outfit, you can get in the saddle and enjoy the ride without worrying about the cold.

Stay Warm – Best Winter Riding Jackets

winter riding jacketsWhether you are picking up your first winter riding jacket or replacing an old one with a new style, you’ll find a range of options to suit your taste and meet your needs. Just like horse blankets, winter riding jackets come in different weights to ensure comfort in varying temperatures. To prepare for the cold chill of winter, here are some of our warmest jackets to keep you toasty in even the most arctic cold: Continue reading

Horse Stocking Stuffers – Ideas for the Horse Lover

horse stocking stuffersThe holiday shopping season is in full swing! While we typically know what our loved ones wish to see under the tree, sometimes filling their stockings can be a little more challenging. We’d love to help you come up with some horse stocking stuffers that any equestrian would be thrilled to find on Christmas morning. Here are some of our favorite suggestions: Continue reading

2015 Time to Ride Challenge Winners!

time to rideTime to Ride is an annual competition which aims to encourage new interest in the equestrian world. Participating barns, clubs and businesses host beginner-friendly events to help people who are not currently involved with horses get introduced to the experience. These events can include riding, grooming, information sessions, crafts, games or even just petting horses. Continue reading