From Endurance to Dressage
The date of this clinic has been posted over there on my pending list of activities for a while. I haven't talked much about it as there really wasn't anything to say other than hey, I am going to a clinic. Now that the clinic is tomorrow, I have a bit more to add.
I am taking Speedy of course, but I would have loved, loved, loved to have also been able to throw Izzy in the trailer as well. And don't think that I didn't really try to make it work. If I had bought him even a month ago, he'd be going. What a great learning experience it would have been for both of us. He would have been able to see what his job is, and I would have been able to get Christian and Chemaine's opinions on what this horse needs first.
It didn't work out this time, but you can bet that the next time Christian is here, Izzy is going to get his chance to show how awesome he is (fingers crossed for that!).
Since I haven't seen Christian since May, I took the opportunity to read a bunch of my old posts about my lessons with him. Wow. Re-reading those posts reminded me of what a great teacher he is. Like everyone else, I can be pretty hard on myself. As I was reading, I was reminded that Christian thinks I am advancing quite nicely. If he thinks I am solid rider (or, at least getting closer to being so), it seems pretty arrogant on my part to be more critical than he is. What the hell do I know?
If you want to catch up or re-read some of those posts, use the search feature at the top of my blog. Simply type in his name, hit the little magnifying glass, and a long list of posts will come up. They aren't in order though, so be prepared for a little wonkiness in the story line.
I am leaving really early tomorrow morning, so you won't hear back from me until Monday at the earliest. Apparently, I like hauling that trailer around behind me as this will be the second weekend in a row that I am hitting the highway with a trailer in tow. Sheesh.
If you live anywhere near Moorpark, come on out to White Birch Farm and audit; it's free. I ride around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. I hope to see you there!
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%: