From Endurance to Dressage
We had a busy Monday at the barn. Since it was a holiday, for some of us at least, my barn owners put in a hard day of work. And since I can never just sit around either, I did my best to help out with the chores.
We're in the midst of a horrendous drought here in Central California so we're battling dust under frustratingly, brilliant blue skies and crisp, spring like weather. That sounds great for most of you on the east coast, but we're pretty worried about what we'll be drinking if the rains don't come soon.
You see, after about March, California has a natural drought cycle that doesn't end until about November; we call it summer. Unfortunately, that naturally dry season hasn't really ended for the past few years so our normal drought season has been really long.
Not that that has anything to do with our busy barn day except for the fact that I did a ton of sweeping to remove the heavy pile of dust from our tack room and feed storage area.
My barn owners did the heavy lifting though. First they tackled the manure pile, rotating the as of yet un-composted material, and then they spread the "good stuff."
They also worked the arena. There is nothing better than a freshly dragged arena!
Once the dragging was done, I used my awesome t-squares and meter tape to re-build my dressage court. Before the t-squares, the job used to take me a good hour and a half. This time, 32 minutes, and that included digging out my supplies and returning them to their storage places.
I finished off the already busy day with a lesson, which went great, but I'll write about that tomorrow!
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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