From Endurance to Dressage
A Decent Right Lead Canter
I am keeping this short and sweet. Damn that right lead canter departure. It's so fickle. Sometimes it's there, perfectly executed, and other times, it's as though I am riding an octopus with legs all over the place.
We're getting better; I know that. Just months ago we couldn't get a left lead canter without an explosion and now we're easily doing 15-meter (and smaller) circles.
On Friday, I was able to get a right lead canter departure that was actually quite nice. For once, I was able to really feel him on my outside rein, and he maintained the contact as he lifted into a lovely canter. I worked him to the right for a few minutes, spiraling in and out, and then called it a day.
Sometimes you have to know when to call it quits.
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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