From Endurance to Dressage
Baskin and his mom
Baskin's mom has given me quite a few blogging suggestions. She pointed out that there are probably far more dressage beginners in our area than there are "advanced" riders. And without a strong dressage presence in our community, these interested riders realIy have no one to go to for answers. I have to agree with her. Not that I have any answers, but maybe together we can pool our resources and figure it out!
When I first started thinking about showing dressage, I seriously couldn't find anyone who could/would help me figure out EXACTLY what clothes and tack I would need for a schooling or rated show. I rode in tights. Giraffe print tights. I wasn't even sure what the difference was between tights and breeches. And to be COMPLETELY honest, I had to learn about English tack in general. I didn't know what was meant by a snaffle bridle, caveson, flash, pelham bit, double bridle, all purpose pad, half pad, and a bunch of other words that sounded like they were in English, but I certainly didn't know what they meant! THANK YOU Wikipedia! Ask me sometime about Hi-ties, cruppers, scoops and sponges. Those are words I get!
I was also completely baffled by show premiums and actually had to ask a show secretary how to fill one out! I have filled out more than seventy-five endurance race entries so I know I am not a complete idiot ... But show premiums? A whole new game.
So back to Baskin's mom and her suggested blog topics:
And now a few of my own topics:
If you have a topic you'd like me to dig into, please comment! I probably won't know the answer, but I love to research stuff.
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%: