From Endurance to Dressage
I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but Sydney and I are headed across town to Kern River CDS's Ride-a-Test today. The organizers have generously given us a full 30 minutes (11:30 -12:00) in the dressage court to school and ride our tests. We're just doing Intro A & B.
I am not interested in our scores, although Mary Meyer, "L" Graduate, will be judging for those who wish to see how they perform. My goal is to be able to ride Sydney off the property in a relaxed frame.
He was at Quiet Creek Ranch in June when I had my saddle fit by Tina Hoover, but we didn't do much under saddle work. We've improved a lot since June so I am hoping that all goes well. The only way he'll be comfortable and confident in new places is if we go to new places.
If you're local and you want to come out to see what this is all about, Quiet Creek Ranch is located at 331 Wegis Avenue in Bakersfield. You can even come and ride without doing any of the tests, but you'll still need to complete the entry and pay $25. More information can be found here.
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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
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