From Endurance to Dressage
I had a great AHA! moment while I was riding Speedy this week. It's something JL says to me all the time, but I just hadn't internalized the meaning of the words: we don't care where his head is.
Even though JL says it frequently, I just couldn't believe it. If I don't care where his head is, what the heck do I care about? The answer finally dawned on me while I was doing our keep his head up exercise.
Tracking right isn't a problem; Speedy's really bendy that direction. As I asked him to change directions, I met the same resistance we had dealt with at the lesson - stiffness. As JL had suggested, I tipped his nose in a bit and pushed, pushed, pushed with my inside leg. I got it, and felt it, at the same time. All of a sudden I could feel the bend through his ribcage. It was a true bend from poll to tail. It was then that I realized bend doesn't have anything to do with where his head is.
I rode this new bend for a circle or two and then halted with a lot of good boy pats and praise.
I wrote the other day about my rapidly developing sense of feel. I feel like Neo in The Matrix when he's asked if he wants more: Hell, yes. Hell yeah.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
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2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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