From Endurance to Dressage
Bakersfield's Fall is Less than Spectacular
It is fall, but only just barely. Our recent highs were in the 70s and low 80s. I hosed Speedy off just a week ago; it was that warm. It's gotten a bit cooler, and rain is predicted, but I am still wearing short sleeves. I am not really complaining as it's nice to ride in a short sleeve top, but it would be nice to see your breath and hear the leaves crackle beneath your boots at least occasionally.
Here are the best fall Images that I could find around the barn ...
California's Central Valley does have four seasons, but only one of them is clear and distinct: summer. Our hot season easily runs for six or seven months. Spring and fall might last a month each with winter lasting three months at most. We're all ready to see something different. How about some clouds at least?
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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.
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