From Endurance to Dressage
Or less if you're a fast feeder! I really needed to write about something less serious. Lately, it seems as though that's all I write about. I mean, really, weeks of fear and the dentist? Sheesh. Get a life, eh? Although it is funny how those two things do go together.
If you scroll down, way down, you can check out this blog's "Live Traffic Feed." If you click on the Real-time view at the bottom of the chart, it will take you to a page that shows where some of the blog traffic comes from. Even though I've found that it's not 100% accurate, it is still interesting. I check it everyday to see where readers come from. I get no end of enjoyment from discovering where readers live. I frequently yell out to Hubby, who could really give a rat's behind as he isn't a regular reader of the blog which is a completely new topic, Guess what? Someone from insert city, state, country read my blog! This fantastic news is usually met with silence since he might have already left the room, or it might warrant a grunt if he is still in the room watching insert whichever sporting event. Not to say that he doesn't love me enormously, he just can't see the attraction to reading about riding. Riding is boring enough. Why would anyone want to read about it? We all know that anything horse related is extremely interesting, even when done by a wanna be writer!
Even though I get no response to my amazing announcement, I continue on cheerfully as though he has been wowed by the news. Can you believe it? We were just there! Even it was 20 years ago, which is what I love the most about those who stumble on my little literary endeavor. I might have met you before! So, I would like to give a shout out to all the folks who come from places I know.
If you live in Kern County, and especially Bakersfield, thanks for visiting since I probably do know you and you've likely heard all of this before and yet you read anyway, thanks! And if I don't already know you, I'd love to meet you.
To all the Humboldt County readers: My step mom probably shared some little bit with you and then maybe you came back for more - thank you!
To all the Chico readers: both Hubby and I graduated from CSUC in 1993 - we LOVED Chico!
To all the readers in Great Britain: Hubby and I visited this past summer and adored your island. I even squeezed in a ride near Inverness, Scotland.
To all the readers in Ireland: I spent a week riding near Galway and had the time of my life. You have a beautiful country!
To all the readers in Washington: a few summers ago, Hubby and I drove the western states (including Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada). We loved Washington and put it on our list of states that we might like to move to.
We also loved Oregon which is where my mom lives. If you found this blog because my mom made you read it, thank you, too!
Hubby's parents live in Idaho, but if you're reading from that beautiful state, I know you found me some other way as they're not internet regulars. Maybe we'll run into each other someday.
Utah and Nevada? Very interesting places to visit, especially the Great Salt Lake and Hoover Dam, but I probably didn't meet you while we were there. You guys have a lot of empty space!
To those readers in New Zealand: Sydney's homeland is on our short list of places to visit. We're coming and thanks to Kelly, we've already seen how beautiful your island is!
I write this blog because I like to write about riding and horses, and if no one read, I would still write. But since you do take the time to read, I'd like to know more about you. Knowing where you live, and not in a creepy stalker sort of way, is interesting. I've "met" many of you through your own blogs and Facebook and genuinely enjoy reading about you and your own horses. So, if you have a second, share a bit about your horses.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
8/14-15 RAAC (Q) (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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