From Endurance to Dressage
Just got the February issue of Dressage Today. Yeah, I know. A bit late. Not sure what's going on with that. Anywhoo ...
The editor's column has a really timely message ... well, for me anyway! The title of the column is, "How Good is Your Partnership?" Hey! I just blogged about that very idea last week. While the DT column was a good one, it was her closing sentence that really spoke to me. She writes, "I hope all our stories and photos this month inspire you to work with your horse toward a more harmonious partnership."
That's exactly where I feel Speedy G and I have been heading. There are days where we just don't seem to get it ... at all, but there are also days when we make a fabulous connection which can only be called, "a harmonious partnership ..." Monday's ride was like that. I had some great moments where I really felt like I was using my seat well and Speedy G was really going forward into the bit.
I guess I shouldn't be so shocked by the concept of a harmonious partnership. Isn't that what dressage is all about? Connection, relaxation, rhythm ... (we haven't yet arrived at impulsion, straightness, or collection - the top portion of the dressage pyramid of training.)
You can read about it, someone can tell you about it, but until you feel it for yourself, it just doesn't click. Well boy howdy, it's finally starting to CLICK!
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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.
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