From Endurance to Dressage
I hate to even write about the heat. It's summer. It's hot. Get over it.
It's been so hot that as of today, we've had 63 triple digit days this summer. Here in Bakersfield, we're breaking weather records almost daily. Some of those records have stood for a hundred years or more.
The record for triple digit days is 76. Given the weather prediction for the next ten days, we are very likely to break that record as well. It's been so excessively hot that our school principal is encouraging the kids to stay inside at lunch recess which means I get a shortened lunch break. It's been a long week to say the least.
Obviously I haven't ridden. My upper limit is right around 101℉. Above that, and I just can't do it. And 114℉, yeah ... not gonna happen. I am hoping to get on Speedy this weekend, but Izzy will likely get another week off as he's getting his hocks injected this afternoon. I know the vet will recommend a day or two off.
I know it's hot where you live. Hopefully your summer doesn't last as long as ours. It can be 100℉ on Halloween. Maybe we can all don spiked tails and wave pitchforks. Enjoy your weekend!
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%: