From Endurance to Dressage
Yeah. I guess I should share that, huh?!
A local trainer, Betsy Shelton, who left our area and who has now returned, sent me a message and asked if anyone would be interested in a clinic. I certainly was, but I didn't know if I could round up enough other riders to call it a clinic. A few emails and Facebook posts later, a Casual Clinic was formed.
Since the event is being hosted by Bakersfield Dressage, also known as ME, I opted for a casual approach that would welcome riders of all levels. I sent a few messages and connected with CT, Bossy's Mom. She immediately volunteered her awesome arena for the event, and we were off and running.
A Casual Clinic with Betsy Shelton is scheduled for April 21st. We have seven of the eight rides tentatively filled right now with room for at least one more. I am hoping that an eighth rider will appear to fill out the day. If you're interested, drop me a line!
CT and I have talked about hosting a clinic in the past. Since the opportunity sort of fell into our laps, we decided to run it our way which just means a friendly atmosphere with no DQ attitudes. I've only participated in one other clinic, hosted by the local CDS chapter, so I don't really know how they're actually conducted.
We're setting up a food table, of course, and hope to have a relaxing day of riding and visiting. CT is cooking tri-tip sandwiches which we're serving with chips and drinks. More food might get tossed in if CT gets a wild hair! My sweet tooth is acting up so I may toss in a few sweet treats to round out the menu.
The best part of the event is the price: The ride with the clinician is a very affordable $75; lunch is $5.00; auditors are welcome at no charge; and drinks and candy are on the house! Come join us.
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%: