From Endurance to Dressage
This has been a busy week ...
Last Wednesday's lesson was moved to Saturday. I rode Sydney first and then had my lesson on Speedy.
Even though Sunday is household chore day, I still rode both horses.
Since I was a bit tired on Monday, I did barn chores only with no rides. There's a blog post about that coming.
On Tuesday I had a pretty crummy day at work which necessitated more barn time which meant I rode both horses after work. Darkness is coming quicker and quicker.
Wednesday was lesson day, and I took Sydney. Definitely a post coming about that about as my terrified yell could be heard down the block!
Thursday was another I am tired kind of day so I did some trailer loading practice with Sydney instead of riding.
And that brings us to today, Friday. I am going to a party after work so I don't know if I'll even make it to the barn at all. Good thing the weekend is just a few hours away.
As I look back over the week, I rode Speedy G only three times which is not too big of a deal as he's extremely fit and he seemed to enjoy all of the afternoon turn out time. Sydney was ridden four times which is his regular schedule. On top of the rides, he also got to spend some time trailer loading. Even if I don't ride, I still clean both stalls and help with the evening feeding. RM cleans every morning, but I enjoy cleaning and feeding as it helps me feel more connected to my ponies.
As all of you know, working sure cuts into our fun time. Here's to a fast Friday and a long 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
*** 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%