From Endurance to Dressage
I knew the day would eventually come when this space would no longer bring me joy. I have often wondered whether I am more rider or writer. I guess I have my answer. When push comes to shove, I'd rather ride than write.
So many amazing things have happened to me because of this space. I have made some fantastic friends; if you're reading this, I am probably talking about you. I have challenged myself, learned new things, and explored a riding discipline I knew nothing about.
With that said, I think I've said all I can say. Each week, I write stories about my equestrian life, but lately, I struggle to find something new to say. And frankly, it's a bit weird for a 52 year old to keep a web log about her foibles and occasional successes anyway.
I started blogging when I turned 40; even that was old by blogger standards. Back then, the internet wasn't filled with all things equestrian. I wanted to learn everything there was to know about dressage, but there wasn't very much available online. I figured there were others out there who were searching for the same answers I was, so I figured if not me, then who? Now, my Facebook feed is full of nothing but equestrian products, dressage organizations, trainer tips, and equestrian groups of every kind.
So, this is it; the last post. I know the time is right because as soon as I made the decision to let this space go, I felt a gigantic weight lifted from my shoulders. For many years, I have cranked out post after post even when I didn't want to. I hated the thought of disappointing those readers who came here to have their morning coffee. I'lll miss you for sure, but I am confident you'll find something else to read with your morning latte or cappuccino.
I currently "rent" my domain name, and I pay this platform to host my site, so everything will stay up until my accounts need to be renewed early next year. I won't add any new content, but I won't take the site down until my accounts expire.
Whether we've been friends, frenemies, or you thought I was a train wreck, it's been fun. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for allowing me to write to you each morning.
See you around!
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%: