From Endurance to Dressage
Tobias: our little puppy is no longer little, but he is doing great. He made it through the Parvovirus and has finished nearly all of his vaccinations. In two weeks he gets his rattle snake booster, his dew claws removed, and he gets neutered. He'll be six months old.
It is ridiculously hard to take a picture of him because he's either got his crazy on, or he's sleeping and looks dead. Here's a super quick video from last weekend.
California Barn Life: It's been kind of hot lately. Last Sunday, the temperature was around 110℉ (43℃), depending on where you live in Bakersfield. Thankfully the temperatures are heading way south of normal. The next five days should hover around the high 80s.
The heat has been a bit of a pain because I've been on poop patrol for the last two days. I start by dragging the sprinklers out to the arena. While they're going, I clean stalls and spray down the barn aisle. Once the stalls are clean, I saddle up horse number one. Before I can actually ride though, I have to go and turn the sprinklers off and recoil the hoses. By the time I actually get on, I'm a bit wilted.
This is just practice for July when I will be doing poop patrol/barn duty for two solid weeks. Toughen up, Sweaney!
Trailering: I forgot to mention that as I was coming home from the Clovis show a few weeks ago, I noticed that my truck was handling really poorly. I knew it had to do with the tire rotation. I took it in to the tire shop on Monday morning and was horrified to see the reason for the rough ride. Chunks of tread were missing from one of the front tires and the others had weird bulges and cracks. Yikes!
The tires had fewer than 12,000 miles on them, but they were at least seven years old. Trailering tip ... keep a better eye on your tires, and drive the posted speed limit. The technician said that had I been speeding, I would probably have had a blowout. Needless to say, I now have a new set of tires. That's going to raise my spending total for next month - better that than a blowout.
Showing: Speedy and I are heading to a show on Sunday where we'll continue showing T1 and T2. We have good times (10:32 and 11:08). The show is in Tehachapi which is only a little over an hour away. I can sleep in a bit, and we'll be home in plenty of time for dinner.
Like I said - just a little of this and that. That's all!
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: