From Endurance to Dressage
Horribly blurry, but it reads 113℉
Bakersfield is affectionately, and not so affectionally, referred to as Bako during the summer. As in baking hot ...
I know many of you live in places that are pretty hot right now, too. I am not saying that it is hotter here, you all deal with some pretty horrendous humidity, but it is pretty dang hot right now. Friday's low was 80℉ and the recorded high was 108℉. I think Saturday's low was 82℉ and the high was another 109℉. Sunday's LOW was 86℉!
I am still riding every morning even though it feels like we're schooling on the surface of the sun. Since I go back to work on Thursday, I even rode on Saturday which I don't usually do during the summer, but with the heat, I only rode Sydney and turned Speedy out; on Sunday, I rode Speedy and turned Sydney out.
With the "extra" time I gained by only riding one horse a day, I had to find something else to do with my time. So what does a girl do who would rather be at the barn?
Well ... since it was so hot, drying my girths and pads took about 4 minutes.
We're also teaching Tobias to swim and jump into the pool ...
And then, since Tobias will be spending his days outside when I go back to work, we made a quick trip to Lowe's to find a misting system for him.
We even managed to go to lunch together. As much as I enjoy riding, this was not a bad way to spend a hot weekend!
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
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: