From Endurance to Dressage
Here's a screen shot of my farrier's text report. He almost always sends a text or a photo when he's finished for the day. This one struck me as funny. Ignore the spelling and grammar mistakes - I hate auto correct!
A bit of explanation: I left a gift for my farrier: a bottle of wine from 14 Hands Vineyards - you have to check out this label, very cool! I also included a bottle of Purple Cowboy wine from Paso Robles, another cool label. There were also several kinds of sweet treats and munchies in the bag. When I got to the barn the next day, I saw that he had left me a treat bag, too. Aren't I supposed to be the one doing the "paying"? What a great guy.
During his work, the sprinklers came on which can be quite a loud, and obviously wet, experience. Being under a thousand pound flight animal with a red-hot shoe in hand can make it even more memorable. And yet, the world's greatest farrier jokes about it!
I love the last part, whatever you're doing is working. No sweeter words can be uttered! I really have the most awesome farrier.
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%: