From Endurance to Dressage
I learned oodles of stuff at the Santa Barbara show. Some of it was not pleasant, like more warm up ring dilemmas, some of it was tack room related (they left nails in the walls?), and some of it was about hanging out in the lounge chair and well, lounging!
One of the more nuts and bolts things I realized was that some of my storage/organization strategies needed revamping. What worked efficiently for endurance races doesn't necessarily work as well at a show. I have too many things stored in the hanging wall-organizer in my trailer's tack room. This is great if your horse is going to be tied to the trailer, but it's not so great if you're parked a quarter mile from your stall.
I decided to buy a better organizer for scissors, clips, rubber band, yarn, string, spray bottle, etc. It should be called a braiding box, but I'm calling it my show box. Here's the one I found at Dover for $39.99 + $5.00 additional shipping + $4.95 Dover Card Holder shipping.
I thought I might be able to do better at the home improvement store. Hello, Lowe's!
Totally off topic here, but did you know I am a HUGE NASCAR fan and that Jimmie Johnson, number 48, is my driver, and he is sponsored by Lowe's?
Here is what I found at Lowe's for $27.99 + tax ... Click photos for captions and larger views.
I know this is going to work much better, even if Speedy G is tied to the trailer. And the bonus is that it will also be easier to work on braiding when I am home. No more digging through the trailer to find my braiding bands!
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
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