From Endurance to Dressage
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I am still in love with my new, and as yet, unused Stübben bridle. To try it on Speedy, I had to take his current bit off his schooling bridle and attach it to the new bridle. Right away I could see that I did not want to do that for every show. That's how I managed it last year, and it was a pain in the patootie. However, I also ditched that bit at the end of the season so it was probably a good thing that I didn't buy a show version, which is what I already did for this year. I just couldn't help it. What was that about moderation in spending? The bit you see is a brand new version of what I school in; a JP Korsteel Copper Oval Link Eggbutt bit. At $39.99, it was cheap enough that I don't really mind owning two of them, especially if it works for a while. If we need to move on to something else at the end of this season, I'll probably stick with just one bit and swap it out for every show. Maybe.
I really do hate swapping out bits. I have a nice collection of bits, but I don't generally switch them around. The ones in my storage tub, a low port comfort snaffle, a correction bit, and last year's french link snaffle, are all bits that I liked at one time for a specific purpose, but they aren't for Speedy at this point. I save them because they are like fine jewelry; they'll last forever.
Sydney seems happy in his current bit (Mikmar's Eggbutt Ergöm Lozenge Snaffle) so I see no need to switch him into any of the other bits that I have, and I keep Speedy's Mikmar Flexion Combination Bit on his trail bridle. I like to have a separate bridle for trail or dressage especially since the reins and bit for each bridle are completely different. Since those are the only things that Speedy does, I see no need to have multiple bridles hanging around.
Oh, wait. I do have multiple bridles hanging around; five of them to be exact. Five bridles that I would desperately love to be rid of. Five bridles that I would sell for quite cheap.
I really want to get rid of these and will entertain ANY offer. They are all super clean and are being stored indoors away from heat and dust. Here's a brief description of each from left to right.
I really, really, want to be rid of these bridles. I don't need to get a fair price, but I don't want to pay to get rid of them either. Seriously, drop by my house, send me some money for shipping, or plead your case in the comments section and one of these (or maybe all five?) could be yours.
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
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