From Endurance to Dressage
If you'll remember, I dubbed last week Trainer Appreciation Week in honor of the fabulous trainers who encourage and build us up. I asked everyone to nominate their favorite trainer by telling us a little about why he or she is so awesome. Riding Warehouse even jumped on board with a $30 e-gift card for the winning trainer. I got 21 nominations although several were for the same trainer.
Throughout the week, I kept a list of each rider who commented, noting which trainer they nominated. Then I numbered each one, not very technical.
I cut out 21 pieces of paper and numbered each one. Still not very technical.
I put them in a bag and had my husband pick ...
The lucky winner is Amy Miller, nominated by Kim Watts! Kim had this to say about her trainer. I have ridden with the talented Amy Miller. She is a wonderful horsewoman as well as person. She helped me get my previous youngster successfully to I1. Then helped me when it was time to make the decision to sell her and start over. Even though it would mean losing money while I started my new filly at home.
I will be sending a Riding Warehouse e-gift card to Kim who can either pass it on to Amy, or Kim can pick out a gift for Amy. Thank you all for sharing your positive comments about your trainers, and I hope you were able to thank him or her personally for the many ways they support our passion. I am sure they appreciated it.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%