From Endurance to Dressage
I was busy over my Christmas vacation. I got both Blue Truck (BT) and my car serviced, including tire rotations, oil changes, and so on. Even with my daily driver running well and in good shape, I just couldn't stand it any longer.
I'd been driving that car for almost 11 years. Even though it ran great, had low mileage, and was in excellent shape, it had zero technology. I couldn't sync my phone, get directions, or warm my butt on a cold day. I was just plain tired of my practical and paid for car.
We first saw the Juke in Portugal - go figure. Since then, I've been looking for them a lot like kids look for a Slug Bug. It's only been in the last month or so that I've seen a few cruising around Bakersfield.
I checked over my finances, sighed, and decided to wait until summer. Even with the decision made, I peppered my husband with constant updates - I saw one at the grocery story; the gas mileage is as good as my current car; there are two on the lot right now. He finally told me to just go get one. So I did!
The payment is small enough that it won't affect my lesson or show budget. I'm not looking forward to 60 months of payments, but hopefully, Juke will treat me as well as my last car did.
Oh, and BT better stay healthy and well or I might be in trouble - I am not sure sure I could do TWO vehicle payments!
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%: