From Endurance to Dressage
I hate whining, unless it's with cheese and crackers of course, but this has been the longest two weeks ever. The week before last was spent mired in the jury box, and this week was spent catching up with various appointments including a big one at work. I was only able to ride on Monday and Friday. Both were good rides, but I have two horses, and one of them does not do well with turn out alone.
As I Iook out the window, the skies have finally filled with clouds and rain threatens. The newspaper is predicting a 42% chance of rain. Even if it does rain, it will likely come in short bursts that may include nothing but drizzly wetness. It might actually rain, but it won't last long. I will be riding both boys today (knock on wood).
But back to Saturday. Besides riding, I have a bunch of things to catch up on: laundry is already running, Thanksgiving shopping looms, and some past show ribbons need to be put somewhere. My USEF membership is set to expire shortly so paying for that also seemed like a good chore to do today.
I completed the renewal process, but as my finger hovered over the submit button, I hesitated for just a moment. How many USDF shows will I actually do this year? Is the $55 worth it? Christmas is around the corner; wouldn't the money be better spent on gifts? But before I could talk myself out of it, I gave a quick tap, and the money was gone.
It's still early morning as I write and a full day stretches out in front of me. I can already tell that it will be one of those very satisfying days where things just magically get checked off the list. Saturday, you are my friend!
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%: