From Endurance to Dressage
Yeah ... I talk big, but occasionally, I'm a weenie, too! Christmas day dawned beautiful. The temperatures were in the high 50s early, and the air was calm. Hubby and I made the family rounds and came home to play: him cycling, me riding. He knows my barn trips usually take four hours, especially on a weekend, so our plan was to meet up several hours later.
RM, barn owner, had asked me to take over some of the barn chores for the holiday weekend in a deal that was mutually beneficial, so I hurried out to the barn to clean stalls, feed, turn out, and make sure the place was still standing. I started cleaning stalls with gusto, rotating the horses through their turnout as I moved from stall to stall. However ... By the time I brought the last horse in, Sydney, I was moving rather slowly. I think I just ran out of steam.
After a busy work week, a lesson, cleaning stalls, riding both horses on Friday and Saturday, cooking for Christmas Eve, visiting with friends and family, and doing all of my regular life stuff like laundry, I simply hung up Sydney's halter, locked up the barn, and blew all the horses kisses. An afternoon at home, with nothing really important to do but hold down the sofa, seemed like a very good idea.
Monday is soon enough to be back in the saddle. One ride-free day won't ruin anyone's current training level.
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%: