From Endurance to Dressage
When I rode Izzy on Sunday, I had one of those magical rides where you think, this. This is why I ride. He was everything a dressage horse should be. He was relaxed, self-carriage was actually a thing, and his back was swinging. It was the kind of ride that earns a 75% at a show.
I can't say exactly how I got him that way, but it was pretty amazing. I know having the chiropractor work on him followed by hock injections was definitely a part of why he felt so good. That isn't the whole story though. Some of it had to be because he's learning. Whenever I complain that we are never going to get anywhere, I think back to where we were a year or two ago. He's coming along. It's just slowly.
And then we have a ride like last night. Holy moly, Dude. It doesn't need to take 45 minutes to let go of the right rein. We'd be done a whole lot quicker if you would turn right!
Aw well, today's another day. When you know magical is in there, it gives you a reason to keep coming back.
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: