From Endurance to Dressage
Have you seen this braid before?!?!
I keep Speedy's mane long and natural because he's an Arabian, and I just can't turn him into a legitimate show horse. Speedy needs his long locks like Samson did.
However, Speedy doesn't have a Rapunzel owner. My braiding skills aren't all that fabulous, so when I do braid him, he gets a nicely done French braid. It looks quite nice for about 30 minutes, but then ever so slowly, the braid slides out. This isn't too big of a probem if my tests are close together, but if they're more than an hour apart, I usually have to rebraid. And if it is a two-day show, I definitely have to rebraid on Sunday.
Speedy's mane is long and silky, so I think it will be perfect for this type of braid. It does get a bit thicker in the middle, but if it will hold, I won't care if one braid is bigger than the next. I'll let you know what it looks like!
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
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2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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