From Endurance to Dressage
I certainly am. I am so proud that California Chrome is from my backyard, bred and trained by people I almost know. Martin and Coburn are Central Valley folks, and we wish them all the luck in the world today.
I just can't get enough of this horse and his owners' story. Isn't it the dream that we all had as little kids, owning a should-have-been-nothing horse who turns out to the super star?
We have our bets placed for this afternoon's race just like we did for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The odds, at 3-5, are so high that even if he does win, our winnings won't be worth the risk of betting, but we don't care. We're so excited about the race that our enthusiasm has encouraged at least one of our friends to place a bet himself. He gave my husband a hundred bucks claiming that he just wanted to be a part of Chrome's story. I think he gets to be a Chromie for sure.
Racing starts at 11:35 a.m. Eastern time, but the race we're all interested in comes later in the day. Post time for Chrome is 6:52. Best of luck, dude!
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%: