From Endurance to Dressage
It's good to be home!
I'm a bit tired, and I have a lot of catching up to do so this will be brief. As promised, I stumbled across a few equine-esque things in Washington, D.C., although not as many as I had hoped for. I'll share them during the week.
And even though this isn't a travel site, I am still eager to share many of the wonderful things that we saw in our nation's capital. Imagine if I had actually been somewhere equine in nature - oh, the stories I'd have had!
I actually did a riding vacation in Ireland in 2005. I am now inspired to share that story with you. I think it will have to wait until summer though. Here is one photo from that trip as a teaser ...
There are at least 14 horses on this truck. They were packed in nose to tail like this until the final horse had only inches between him and the ramp. Each horse walked up the ramp quietly and shimmied himself into place. It was one of the most fascinating displays of equine "smarts" that I have ever seen!
But I digress. We got home in the evening so I wasn't able to run out to the barn, but after unpacking and doing the grocery shopping, I was able to get out to the barn on Saturday afternoon. I was delighted to see both of my boys looking relaxed and very happy. My barn owner did a great job of keeping both horses turned out or hand walked.
They were eager to see me and ready to be ridden. I was so grateful that she had kept their energy from building up. Sydney was a little difficult, but considering he hadn't been ridden in a week, it was not a bad ride. Speedy was actually very willing and gave me some great work even though it's all still at a walk, bareback, and in a halter.
I look forward to sharing our trip with you all as well as catching up with what you all did during the week. Happy Easter!
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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