From Endurance to Dressage
(Almost) Debt Free
I don't think anyone can ever be completely debt free. Not if you live in California anyway. Our home mortgage is enough to keep us in debt until we're very, very old. I also have another year or so to pay on my car. No, the debt that I am referring to is Speedy's winter vet bill.
I could have paid it off sooner, but I would have had to miss out on the summer show season. Even my husband agreed that the small finance charge was worth it if it meant being able to show. It could have also been that he simply didn't want to live with a wife who had to stay home all summer instead of showing. He's a smart man.
I know the last payment amount and last statement balance don't make sense, but that's because I like to annoy the credit card company by sending multiple payments over the month. It makes bookkeeping on my side easier. Who cares how much work I make for them? They're getting paid for it, believe me.
It's the red circle on the left side that's important. For someone who never carries a credit card balance, this past year has been very stressful. Every time I got one of Speedy's vet bills taken care of, he'd injure something new. Or Izzy needed something. Or they both needed dentals. And then they needed vaccinations. It was freaking NEVER ENDING. And now I have a clean slate.
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%: