From Endurance to Dressage
It's not that I don't have tons to write about; I do, but my time is a little short. So today, it's just a few little blurbs.
First, oh, Hallelujah, school is done for the year. The year 2012. We're not yet half-way through the school year, but we are finished until 2013. I have two solid weeks to work with my boys, and the weather looks promising. We have a little rain forecasted, but nothing that will keep me out of the saddle.
The winter solstice has passed. Every person who enjoys outdoor activities in the late afternoon is celebrating this moment of the year. From here on out, the days will grow longer. It will be by only seconds for a while, but at least it won't be getting any darker. The bonus for me is that I get to ride in the middle of the day for the next two weeks. By the second week in January (when I go back to work) it won't be much lighter in the late afternoons, but just knowing that it's trying to be lighter is encouraging.
I have an entry form and money set aside to ride in a Christian Schacht clinic at the end of January. Normally, I don't talk about something that I am planning until it is official. In this case, I just can't wait to share the news! I saw him at Horse Expo in 2012 and thought he was terrific. When Ventura County Chapter of CDS sent out a flier about a clinic in January, I jumped all over it. So as of right now, I have a tentative spot. Woohoo!
Today, I am off to the barn to continue the great canter work that Speedy and I have been working on. More on that in the next few days. Enjoy your Saturday!
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%: