From Endurance to Dressage
Hahaha ... That's kind of funny. With Speedy, there were always tons of awards. We've won all sorts of things from USDF and CDS both. I have plaques, neck ribbons, coolers, halters, pins, a medal ... you name it - we earned it. Things haven't gone quite so well with Izzy. We certainly haven't won anything, and our list of things earned is really short.
Are you ready for it? It's one of those blink and you miss it sort of things.
Yep. That was it. Izzy earned one score of 60% or higher (it wasn't higher) at a USDF/CDS show in October of 2020 - the start of the 2021 show season. It was at Second Level. At that show, we actually earned two scores in the 58% range (along with a 55%). Those are not scores to be proud of for sure, but they were higher than most of the scores we earned last year.
The California Dressage Society, my USDF Group Member Organization, offers some really great award incentives. One of which are the plates. After you've earned five scores of 60% or higher in a single year you receive a plate. Thereafter, you're eligible for a plate for scores of 60% or higher earned in a single season, no matter if it is only one. Speedy always earned a plate. Sometimes we only earned a single score, but those were the years he was injured. Most years we earned quite a few.
Izzy has two plates on my plaque, and I am grateful to have earned those. If it weren't for him, there would be nothing in 2021 as Speedy retired at the end of 2020 after earning a USDF Bronze Medal for me. I am hopeful that Izzy will earn a few scores that are eligible for a plate in 2022.
And the Oscar goes to ...
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%: