From Endurance to Dressage
And Another Step Forward
Sydney and I were on a roller coaster this past two weeks - good rides, bad rides, good rides. Fortunately, we seemed to have more good than bad and even the bad were quickly resolved.
I really wanted to finish the week on a good note, especially after Thursday's dirty spooks. I've learned that with Sydney especially, I have to let go of the bad moments and expect the next one to be fabulous. So that's what I did. On Friday, I saddled up and never gave another thought to the shenanigans of the day before. The result? We had a very pleasant ride with very nice canter work to the right.
We didn't work on anything new. I simply practiced putting together my aids to hold Sydney in the right lead canter as we head down the long sides. I am excited about today's lesson because I think JL will be happy with our progress. I can see that this is going to take a long time to develop. After just a few minutes at the right lead canter, Sydney starts to fatigue. I think he is using his body in a way that is very new for him.
I find this exciting though. It means I am on the right track!
And … this is happening.
I've launched a second blog! Keeping this one going seven days a week is already work enough, so why I think I need a second one remains a mystery. For this second blog, I am planning to post once or twice a week.
My second entry into the blog-o-sphere is food related; it's called The Baker Foodie. I may have mentioned that I like to cook. You can find find it at www.thebakerfoodie.com.
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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%: