From Endurance to Dressage
The show manager for this weekend's Fresno CDS schooling show at Sequoia Hills Stables was kind enough to schedule my second ride just two rides after my first. That gave me just enough time to let Izzy walk around, grab a few bites of grass, and let Laurel love on him and tell him what a good boy he was.
While this test is far from brilliant, it is better than the first one which makes me very happy. Izzy showed me that with even the tiniest bit of experience, he can show quick improvement. We scored 2.8% better on Test B. I realize that's not a lot, but I sort of expected him to have had it by the second test. Instead of 4s and 5s, we earned 5s and 5.5s (no 4s at all for Test B). For both tests we earned a 6 for the halt.
I love this shot from our first trot circle at E. He lost his balance, maybe because he spooked a tiny bit, and in typical Izzy fashion, he flashed his emotional side with this little gem ... (The judge was quite generous in scoring this movement.)
While the judge can't judge a 20-meter circle based on one good moment, I am glad we had at least a few. For example ...
The judge's Further Remarks: "Horse needs to learn to carry rider in a calmer way, as well as a willingness to accept the rein. Improved toward end." It's hard to argue with any of that.
We finished this test with a 52.50% - obviously not a fantastic score, but I am so proud of this boy. He is not an easy horse to ride even though he has all the talent in the world. With some more experience, I think this fancy boy is going to make some waves.
We go back to Symphony Stables at the end of April for another lesson with Chemaine, and then three weeks later, if everything goes to plan, we'll do a two-day clinic with my favorite German trainer, Dr. Christian Schacht. Izzy will get to do his first over-night field trip there as well as ride in a somewhat spooky covered arena. While it's not actual show experience, it's good exposure. We'll probably attempt another show in July.
I guess this show is an example how you can win even when you lose!
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%