From Endurance to Dressage
You know your trainer cares about you when your lesson runs way, way over-time because she's trying to pack in as much information as humanly possible to make up for the fact that she'll be on vacation for the next three weeks.
If you're tired after reading that sentence, think about how I felt at the end of Saturday's marathon of a lesson!
I am not really sure I can sum it all up as she worked us pretty hard. At one point, I was near tears from feeling so overwhelmed. In the end however, I felt as though I had enough take-aways that it didn't matter if I had missed something. Here is a bulleted list of what we worked on.
Today, I am heading to Tehachapi for a lesson with Lois Quinn.
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%: