From Endurance to Dressage
I am thrilled to report that I have nothing of interest to share ...
Speedy is sound. We have a lesson with the always fabulous Chemaine in Moorpark tomorrow. We're going to a CDS-rated show on Sunday. See? Nothing to report.
And what of Izzy? In my last post I shared how well he is doing. He got that day off that I mentioned, but then it was back to work. While it's boring to write about, I couldn't be happier slogging through the basics.
I've ridden my whole life. For more than thirty years my rides were about covering distance over a trail. Sometimes the way was marked with pink ribbon to guide me, other times I took whichever fork in the road looked good. I started lots of green horses, and all of them were happy and well broke to their job.
Starting Izzy has been different. I am not saying I know a lot (or even a little for that matter), but it sure has been fun applying the dressage that I have learned. Someone said that starting Izzy would be a whole lot easier than it was with Sydney. Whoever you are, you were right!
As we've worked on those 20-meter circles this week, everything that I've learned with Speedy has been at my fingertips to help me. When Izzy starts to get unbalanced and falls forward, I know how to help him. When he starts to drift to the outside or fall to the inside, I know how to straighten him back up. We are following the pyramid carefully - right now, we're maintaining a rhythm, encouraging relaxation, and establishing a good connection. Impulsion and straightness are right around the corner!
A Work in Progress shared a really funny post the other day that made me laugh. It also encouraged me to stick with those basics and get them right since we'll be working on them forever.
From the warm up we moved into collected work. I wish I could say that this involved half passes and tempis and Very Fancy Dressage Things, but the reality of training the upper levels is that you're basically doing the same circles you were doing at the lower levels, but with shorter reins and more sweating and cursing.
I am happy to be schooling those boring basics. The better we get them now, the less sweating and cursing there will be later. At least I hope so!
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)
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