From Endurance to Dressage
Hey, guess what I found? If you read the title you'll get the answer right. If you skipped the title, take a guess. You guessed right! I found a schooling show series a little bit closer to Bakersfield. It's a five show series in the Sunland area at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. I am familiar with the HDEC since a fall endurance ride was held there for many years. It's an easy drive that takes about an hour and a half. Not exactly local, but better than the two plus hours I sometimes have to do.
Anyhoo, the series is hosted by Pacific Dressage, LLC. I am giving the first show a try, and if it turns out to be a fun and friendly atmosphere, I'll try doing as many of their other shows as possible. Frankly, at the lower levels, it doesn't matter to me if the show is rated or not. Schooling shows are cheaper and a great way to gain experience.
The first show is on the 12th, just two weeks away. My entry is in yesterday's mail. I am a little surprised at my impulsiveness as I usually need to think about an event for several weeks or months. I threw caution to the wind and sent in my entry. I'll time the drive to the equestrian center on Saturday as we drive right by it on the way to Horse Expo.
Let the show season begin ... or continue!
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%: