From Endurance to Dressage
No, no, no. The big, brown OTTB didn't go jump any fences, and neither did my rock star pony. It was just me supporting JL's students at a local schooling show.
As many times as I've gone to watch, these shows still confuse the heck out of me. And no matter how many times I ask what's going on, I never can figure out the order of go, this show was no exception.
This show was at PDM, a local riding stable. There were two rings. One was for the jumpers and the flat classes while the other seemed to be for the hunters. JL had quite a few students showing on Sunday, at least eight. She has more students, but I didn't really get a chance to ask where everyone else was.
Even though I couldn't tell the difference between the eq classes and the classes where the horses were judged, I still enjoyed watching and supporting the riders. It was a very friendly show with a casual attitude.
Dressage or jumping, it's all the same. There were boot polishers, trainers shouting out directions, and nervous riders. Sometimes, it's a lot more fun to just be a spectator without the pressure of watching the clock!
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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