From Endurance to Dressage
At a show this past October, I met up with Valerie, owner of The Dressage Pony Store. I was on the hunt for a sparkly browband for the big brown horse, but after seeing what she had to offer, I decided that Speedy needed one, too. While Valerie has many beautiful browbands in stock, she helped me custom order exactly what I wanted. Her supplier is in Europe, so it took a while for the browbands to be made and then shipped, but they finally arrived!
They are so pretty in person, but it's hard to get a good photo of how sparkly they are. It hasn't helped that my horses are jerks; they both refused to look happy to have new jewelry. It's also been cloudy, so I haven't been able to really see them on a sunny day.
If you are looking for a sparkly browband, you really need to talk to Valerie. My total bill for two custom browbands loaded with Swarovski crystals was a paltry $153.86, and that included shipping.
I could not get either horse to pose with a decent expression on his face, but these were our best effort at showing off their new glam.
Now we just need to get through winter so that we can starting showing again. And if not a show, maybe some sunshine so that I can appreciate our new look. If you're looking to add some sparkle to your gray days, check out what Valerie has at The Dressage Pony Store.
Because, hey, it doesn't cost anything to look. Am I right?
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%