From Endurance to Dressage
Last weekend, I glanced over at the neighbor's field while I was filling buckets and saw this.
This is the friendliest little herd; they do this all the time. It put a smile on my face to see such a companionable group of friends.
As I snuck around the side to get a photo from the front, Stepper saw me and immediately hustled over to say hi. Stepper is a 30 year old morgan gelding who looks quite good for being a very senior citizen. Up until just recently, he'd been packing his owner around the neighborhood. But after a funny swelling in a front leg and a couple of wobbly steps, his owner started to feel that even short neighborhood hacks might be too much for the old fellow.
I was sorry to have interrupted their afternoon snooze, but they seemed happy for the distraction and eagerly followed me around the field.
I finally gave up trying to take any more photos as Stepper wanted to rub and snuggle all over me. He knows he's well-loved and feels that he deserves everyone's attention. I believe his owner has had him since he was around 3 years old. Now that's a lifetime together!
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)
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