From Endurance to Dressage
5-Day Challenge: Day 1
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.
12/2/2013 11:59:53 pm
What wonderful 5 things! I might join that club this week! We are expecting a NASTY cold snap and I fear I may not get much saddle time! What a great way to keep the posts interesting!
12/3/2013 09:42:09 am
Thanks, Sandra. With two horses who get worked nearly daily, I am never at a loss for topics, but some times it's fun to think about something other than the right lead canter! :0)
12/3/2013 09:44:20 am
Being totally honest here, I have no idea what the difference is between a jumping, all purpose, and close contact saddle. :0)
12/3/2013 09:46:17 am
Thanks for starting it, Tracy! I hope I can make it to another hunt. I know December is booked pretty solid: a clinic in two weeks, Christmas, my birthday with a trip to Santa Anita Race Track (I hope) and on and on. January is looking pretty good. Maybe I'll make it twice!
12/3/2013 09:47:20 am
It truly is. My barn own is a great lady. It has become a very mutually beneficial relationship which is the bets kind. She's happy to have me, and I am happy to be there. :0)
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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.
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