From Endurance to Dressage
I have a really great United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Group Member Organization (GMO). The California Dressage Society (CDS) is a big group which allows it to offer so many different types of recognition programs. The plate is one of my favorites because you're not competing against anyone else; it's all about what you and your horse have done together.
The first year you start in the program, you have to earn at least 5 scores of 60% or above at CDS or USDF shows. After that, any year that you earn at least one score at or above 60%, you get a plate. Scores at or above 60% are called rosettes. The first year we were eligible, Speedy and I earned 11 rosettes (4 at Introductory C and 7 at Training Level). In 2013, we proudly earned 16 rosettes at Training Level, and all of those scores were earned at USDF shows.
Our 2013 CDS plate arrived a few weeks ago. During the season, I wanted better and better scores so the weight of what we were accomplishing together was lost on me at the time. Now, several months later, I am astonished at what a great season Speedy and I had. Sixteen scores above 60% at USDF rated shows is quite impressive; even I am a little awe struck!
The award is a little bittersweet, however, as it is highly probable that there will be no plate for 2014. Speedy is not scheduled to be back in full work until late summer. Might he be ready for a show by then? Maybe, but my choices will be limited. Of course, there is always the possibility that Sydney will help me get some scores, but I would sure like to see Speedy's name up there under the 2014 heading.
Keep your fingers crossed for us, will you?
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
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%