From Endurance to Dressage
I mentioned on Monday that Izzy was a real idiot for Saturday's ride. I might not have used those words exactly, but believe me, I was thinking them. Fortunately, I don't hold a grudge. I saddled up on Sunday morning, prepared for an amazing day, and I got it.
I decided to spend the whole ride in or near the Corner of Death. I didn't want to torture him or anything, but I wanted to work on keeping him forward when he wants to balk or bulge his shoulder one way or the other.
It was all very anticlimactic. We walked by it from the left and right, trotted by it from the left and right, and then picked up a canter. He was so rideable at the canter that to the left that I played around with opening his stride on the opposite side of the circle and bringing it back as we neared the scary corner. It was what he wanted to do anyway, so I made it seem like my idea.
What are you supposed to do when your riding plan works out absolutely perfectly, and your horse wants to play ball? You look at your watch, realize you spent more time driving to get to the barn than you rode, and you shrug your shoulders.
I never complain about an easy 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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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