From Endurance to Dressage
I am so disgusted, frustrated, irritated, disappointed, and depressed that I don't even want to write this. Please excuse the poor quality of the writing. I just want to get it written and MOVE ON.
Sunday's show was a terrible disaster. No flowery prose or thoughtful reflections:
As soon as I was finished riding the second test, my first thought was ... that was a waste of gas money and an entry fee. There is no way that we got any "mileage" out of this show. NOTHING was gained by being there.
But that's never true, is it? The horse is always learning something even if it is not what we want him to learn. While I am very disappointed, I have to admit that there was incremental progress, just nothing like what I expected there to be. Sydney works brilliantly at home, and now I have a witness to prove how lovely he moves and works, so I expected something decent at the show. I guess I was just expecting too much.
Here is what was improved or remained solid:
The good is that he is traveling well and dependably standing tied to the trailer even when left alone with no other horses for moral support. The bad is that he is a nervous wreck when asked to work.
I fought tears the entire afternoon and evening. I felt like such a total failure. I couldn't stand to write anything down as even thinking about the show left a bad taste in my mouth. I have started on a plan that involves two different strategies. I'll write about them as I get started. For now, I am not giving up; we'll do the Tehachapi show in two weeks and then go back to Hansen Dam in October.
Some of you ride OTTBs. Is progress always this slow? Will he ever be "relaxed" in a show environment? How many more outings will he need before he realizes that death isn't imminent? I would love some (positive) feedback.
If you really think this is never going to happen, kindly keep it to yourself as I am not there and, I am not big on quitting.
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)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: