From Endurance to Dressage
My drug of choice ... the pedicure
All of the stuff you've been reading this week was written over the weekend. It's all stuff I care about, but I knew ahead of time that this would be a very, very tiring week. This is the first moment in days that I've even felt like writing, and normally, I can't wait to sit down and write about my horses, my riding, or what I think about my horses and riding.
We've had parent/teacher conferences this week. I've enjoyed meeting my students' parents, but finding the time to meet with 30 parents with only a one-hour minimum day has been hard. I've had to start my conferences at 7:00 a.m. which means I get to work at 6:15 a.m. Seriously?!
I had a lesson on Monday which went great, but I didn't go to the barn on Tuesday. I just didn't have the energy. And even after eight parent conferences and a full day of teaching, I did ride again on Wednesday. Sydney was Awful (with a capital A), but I persevered. Thursday? I just couldn't do it. My mind was literally too numb. Instead, I stopped by the house for a pair of flip flops and then drove to my local nail salon and got a pedicure.
Pedicures are my drug of choice. My local salon has full spa-style pedis: massage chair, foot bath, foot scrub, foot and leg massage, and so on. It's pure bliss after a long, hard day. Somehow, massaging my feet perked up my brain and Viola, it's back to blogging!
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%: