From Endurance to Dressage
You all must be the best well wishers of all time. If you'll remember from yesterday, I asked you to wish me well in the following areas: no tire blowouts, no getting bucked off, no off course errors (real or imagined), and no scores under 60%.
We managed to avoid every single thing on the list! So thank you very, very much!
The show went well. I'll post my score sheets starting tomorrow. If you find them boring, just come back on Thursday when I'll probably have something new to talk about.
A few comments about the day ...
I met a blog reader (Hi Angela!) which was really fun. If you live somewhat locally and you know that you and I are going to be in the same location, please, please, please introduce yourself! You're not bothering me, and I genuinely love meeting new people. I love to hear about your horses and your equine journey. If I ever give a friendly hello a cold shoulder, someone PLEASE take a moment to b*tch slap me back to reality!
Speedy got a great compliment from a gentleman in the bleachers. As we left the dressage court after riding our first test, he approached and asked if Speedy was all Arab. I smiled and answered, yep, he's the real deal. The man was just certain he must have been only part Arab since he looked so BIG in the arena. He also called us elegant and lovely. Speedy gets a lot of compliments from volunteers and onlookers. I've blogged about that before, but it's still nice to hear. As I walked away from him, I heard a woman comment to her group that Speedy was the nicest horse. I smiled at her, too. What a great day!
I watched some of the Western Dressage. It was quite interesting. Most of the competitors looked as though they were getting ready to work cattle. There was very little bling, which I had expected, and lots more leather, chaps, and plaid shirts. Most wore helmets, but not all. Here are a couple of snapshots of one rider whose test I watched. Click to enlarge.
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I showed you Speedy's forelock braid yesterday. Here's how the French braid came out. The loose hairs at the bottom are hidden by his show pad so I don't usually bother with them
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I am so tempted to say that the judge was generous, but I am NOT going to say it. I am just going to grin happily at my ABOVE 60% scores and accept that this judge thought we did better than satisfactory tests. Check out that second place at Training Level Test 2 - we were ONE POINT away from a tie. So close!
We had a great day!
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%: