From Endurance to Dressage
That's what I texted to my trainer, Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer and Symphony Dressage Stables. Buckle Up, this ride is about to get started. For the past six years - oh my God how is that possible? I've been working with Izzy, but it's mostly been about turning him into a solid equine citizen. Now that Speedy is not my main ride, Izzy is going to have to step up his game and start showing for real.
The CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition is this weekend, we had to withdraw of course, and the CDS/USDF Region 7 Championship Show is at the end of September which means California's show season is winding down. Even without COVID-19, there usually aren't many shows in September. The new show season starts after Championships, so the October show at SCEC is always a great event to hit because you can get a head start on the new season. My goal is to get Izzy to that show.
Every single ride since the Barbi Breen-Gurley clinic has been about following with my elbows, not dropping the contact, keeping my left shoulder back, and looking between his ears. When I rode on Wednesday, I was rewarded with a correct and balanced flying change to left. I ended the ride on that glorious note.
Wouldn't it be hilarious if we start his showing career at Third?
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%: