From Endurance to Dressage
A Play Date
When I got to the barn on Monday afternoon, my plan was to turn Izzy out and ride Speedy. The weather was quite cool and brisk and Izzy hadn't been out since Friday; we had been in Phoenix for the weekend.
Speedy's the type of horse that you can just hop on even when he's had weeks or months off. Izzy ... not so much. And frankly, I just wasn't into a rodeo type ride.
When I walked Izzy over to Laurel's turnout, I was thrilled to see that Austin was turned out in the center arena which meant that Izzy would have a friend during turnout.
Laurel was on her way to work and actually needed to put Austin away, but she quickly agreed to let him stay out longer if I was willing to put him back. She was just as happy for him to have someone to play with as I was. Both of our horses are stabled in a way that they can't touch another horse through the fence, so to have the opportunity to bite and play with another horse is a real treat.
I think both boys enjoyed their impromptu play date.
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%
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