From Endurance to Dressage
The Golden Empire Arabian Horse Society (GEAHS) is gearing up for its "kind of annual" OPEN dressage show, and since I REALLY want this show to be successful, it had to become a blog topic.
A dressage show organized by an Arabian association confuses many people. I don't ride an Arab. That's okay because it's an OPEN show which means that all breeds are welcome! Dressage riders ride Arabs? YES, a few do, but you probably won't see very many at this show.
I was a volunteer at last year's show and learned a lot by watching. I was the assistant to the bit-checker (there is probably an official title for this job, but I don't know it) who was assisting the Technical Delegate. Not a fancy job. Mine, not the TD's, but I got to listen to the TD explain tack rules as well as a few other things. Assisting the bit checker also gave me a ringside seat and the chance to approach every rider-horse team for a closer look. I took the chance to examine everyone's tack and clothing. I took notes and asked a TON of questions. I am pretty sure the bit-checker thought I was biting off a lot when I told her I would be showing in the next month!
I am really excited about this show for several reasons: it probably won't rain, I don't have to leave at 5:00 a.m. to get there on time, and I actually get to ride this year. And truthfully, it makes me feel proud that I've gone from observer with no show clothes or dressage tack, to an actual competitor who has the right to be there. Can I get a "woot woot" for Speedy G and me?
Hey! Maybe this will be your year to go from observer to competitor!
The show flyer is just below. Use the buttons beneath the flyer to improve the view. The show premium is just under the flyer.
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
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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