by guest blogger TicoNuevo
As my practice riding sessions continued on schedule, I recalled the team’s uniform requirements mentioned weeks ago during our get acquainted dinner (a black cowboy hat, white dress shirt, black jeans, western belt and buckle, and a pair of black boots). I realized that if my participation in the tope actually took place, I had a bit of shopping ahead as the only piece of attire I owned on the list was a Stetson western hat, and it was brown.
I acquired a used “Kirkland” brand white dress shirt at a local Ropa Americana store. A pair of black jeans in my size was a little harder to find, but a new pair with the right waist size was purchased in San Jose and the legs shortened by my local seamstress. I found a western belt and buckle at the feria in Grecia. Hosting visitors during a trip to Montezuma produced a custom ornament for my hat made from an old silver Costa Rican Colon coin. The boots were the biggest challenge as my difficult-to-fit feet had prevented me from ever finding a pair of boots I could wear.