From Endurance to Dressage
Wait ... Don't skip it ... it's not more information. I think we've all had plenty of that, at least for this week.
Wednesday's Facebook postings were almost exclusively about EHV-1 and EHM ... well on my "wall" anyway. Since 99% of my "friends" are equestrian related in one way or another, that's all I saw. I suppose if I had more of a life, my "wall" wouldn't have been filled exclusively with comments about herpes! And truth be told, the 1% of my friends who aren't related to my equestrian life, completely understand my ... passion sounds so much better than obsession ... but, you know what I mean.
And on to the REAL point of this post. I love my vet. Have I mentioned that before? Dr. Tolley and Dr. Blanton of Bakersfield Vet Hospital were both interviewed by the print and television news media. As soon as I read their names in the Bakersfield Californian (our local newspaper) and saw their faces on my TV, I couldn't help but excitedly squeal to my husband, "There they are! Those are MY vets!" He rolled his eyes and nodded. I think there was also a deep sigh that smacked of exasperation. I am sure he was thinking, so that's where all our money goes! And hopefully this doesn't cost us any more ...
I was so excited to see the people whom I trust implicitly to care for my horses being asked to share their professional knowledge with the rest of the world. I felt so ... vindicated! That's right ... uh-huh ... those are MY people! And then, Dr. Blanton, who returned from vacation JUST as this whole thing exploded, immediately got to work and started updating us on BVH's Facebook page. She opened up a Q & A sorta thing, and practically begged us to pester her with questions.
I ask you, are there any doubts as to why I love my vet?
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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