From Endurance to Dressage
Robin Walters (click her name to send her an email) asked me to share this with the readers of this blog in hopes of attracting some interested families to a new Pony Club. I don't have any experience with Pony Club myself, but I whole-heartedly support the concept of getting kids involved with the equestrian world! And from my teensy-tiny bit of knowledge, the Pony Club organization promotes education and safety, things that we all need. So how about it? Any "Pony Clubbers" out there?
And while I am on the subject, I am delighted that Robin felt comfortable enough to ask me to share. I am more than willing to promote local activities and organizations. So if you've got something you want to "get out there," send me an email and I'll try to pass it along. In the meantime, please take a second and read Robin's note below. She'd love to hear from you.
PONY CLUB IS COMING TO BAKERSFIELD!!!
To: All Interested Equestrians ages 6 – 20 and their Parents
What: A Bakersfield Pony Club Informational Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Where: 14437 Ashe Road
Contact: Robin Walters 661-900-4606; firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE JOIN US for the first meeting of the Bakersfield chapter of the US Pony Club. We really want to get this club off the ground and make it a great experience for all our kids. So, what is Pony Club and why should you join?
Pony Club is for equestrians ages 6 – 25. While all members should have access to a mount, it does not need to be a pony! The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. develops character, leadership, confidence, and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.
Pony Club’s basic belief in teaching horse care and safety is teamed with a belief that it should be fun and exciting. There are many Pony Club activities available to members, like:
Camp Dressage Show Jumping Eventing Polo Tetrathlon Mounted Games Quiz Vaulting
Pony Club is also budget friendly. Monthly dues typically run about $40, and include 2 or 3 mounted lessons and an unmounted lesson! Lessons will include dressage, jumping and equitation and will be open to all levels. Kids are placed according to their riding level.
Pony Club is a great place for friends and a great way to learn true horsemanship and riding. Many Olympians got their start in Pony Club, like Gina Miles, Robert Dover, Tad Coffin, Leslie Morse, and Julie Burns. Check out the US Pony Club, Inc. website: www.ponyclub.org. Then be sure to join us on June 7, or call Robin: (661) 900-4606.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
5/23 TMC (*)
6/12-13 SB (***) OR
6/19-20 El Sueño (***)
6/27 TMC (*)
7/3-4 Burbank (***) OR
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
7/25 TMC (*)
8/14-15 RAAC (Q) (***)
8/29 TMC (*)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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