From Endurance to Dressage
Tracy, over at Fly on Over, started a 5-Day Blogging Challenge. I don't normally participate in these kinds of things as I have a hard enough time squeezing in everything that happens to my two boys as it is. In this case, I liked some of the questions, and I've enjoyed reading others' answers, so I'll give it a try. I also love that it is organized by fives - five questions over five days which fits nicely with My 5 Things.
Here are My (first) 5 Things:
1. Most influential person on your riding: right now, that would have to be my trainer, JL. I had two endurance mentors, but for most of my life I've been without a trainer or a horse-focused family. I just did what I wanted with my horses. I missed out on early formal training, but the upside was that I learned a lot on my own.
2. Piece of tack you’d love to splurge on: we're not rich or anything, but when I see something I really want, I ultimately get it. But there is one thing I've had my eye on for a while that I can't see myself buying any time soon; a nice all purpose saddle. I don't need it for dressage of course, but if I do more fox hunting, it would be more appropriate for that sport.
3. Top 5 riding playlist: I've never used headphones (except for an earpiece with a trainer) while riding. I can't listen to music from earbuds and ride; it's simply too isolating and would seem to remove the rider from the more visceral aspects of riding. When the neighbor has his stereo up loud, I do sort of dig listening to that while I ride, but I find that I tend to tune it out rather quickly and am not even aware it's playing.
4. Most important aspect of your barn: private and all inclusive. I board my two horses at a private home where I am treated as though I actually live there. Other than actually purchasing the hay, I am consulted on every issue related to my horses' care. My barn owners will do any "services" that I request like blanketing, feeding supplements, turn out, etc. I am there nearly seven days a week though, so I am free to do as I please.
5. Three winter riding goals:
1) Firm up some of the First Level movements (leg yield and lengthenings). 2) Get Sydney's right lead canter departure down pat.
3) Try at least one more fox hunt.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: