From Endurance to Dressage
Izzy keeps giving me moments. Some of them are bad of course, but there have sure been a lot more good moments than bad of late.
I already told you about riding with a new friend on Saturday. What I didn't mention was that I rode Izzy before she got there. I got a late start to the morning, long story, so I was feeling rushed about getting my ride done before she got there. Historically, that is a recipe for creating a crappy ride. I know that, so I made a very concerted effort to tuck my "hurry energy" back in my pocket.
Izzy is HUGELY sensitive to my mood, so if I am stressed, he's stressed. If I am rushed, he rushes. If I am relaxed, it's much easier to get him to relax. So, I took a deep breath and forced myself to slow the heck down.
As we were doing our walking warm up, the vet came driving by from the south end of the property. We don't see cars come from that direction very often. I cringed inwardly hoping this wasn't the end of my quiet, relaxing ride as that's the kind of distraction that knocks Izzy's brain loose.
To my complete joy, Izzy barely glanced at the truck and kept working. As it turned out, the vet idled his truck while chatting with the ranch owner at the gate end of the arena for the rest of my ride. Izzy didn't put a foot out of place. He worked hard and completely ignored the distraction.
Oh, how I love Good Moments!
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%: