From Endurance to Dressage
At lunchtime yesterday, I got Izzy's Horse Coat Color results back from UC Davis's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. To no one's surprise, it came back as N/N for the cream dilution gene. There's no code anywhere on the page, so I am not exactly sure what N/N stands for in scientific terms, but I think it means nope, not today. Fortunately, the fine folks over at VGL provided an interpretation: No copies of Cream dilution detected.
Like I said, I am not surprised, but it was a fun experiment. For now, that means Izzy is just a brown horse who fades in the sun, or he has some mineral deficiencies. Like I said before, I am not too worried about that.
Given how quick and relatively cheap the whole process was, it makes me want to send Speedy's hair in for some analysis. There are all kinds of boxes you can check off, and grays have a lot of things going on. During my coat color research,I read an interesting thing that said grays are born black and blacks are born gray. I bought Speedy as a three-year old, and he was definitely very dark.
Horse coat colors are a rabbit hole down which you can spend a lot of time!
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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