From Endurance to Dressage
Of course it won't look quite like this today, but it will still be much cooler than in the valley.
I ride a lot, at least five days a week. I also do a lot of other horse-related activities: shows, clinics, expos, etc. Those things all happen on the weekends. If I am not careful, my life becomes completely horse-centered to the exclusion of all else. This is not a healthy thing, especially when one wants to remain happily married. Hubby and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this week.
To help maintain this marital bliss, I make sure that there is at least one weekend a month that is not horse-centered. We try to use those weekends to go to our cabin where we can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of our daily life. There is no phone, no cell service, no internet, no cable (just DVDs), no traffic, no pizza delivery, and very little noise. There's just the two of us. It's a nice break from reality.
This means that there won't be a blog post tomorrow and maybe not one on Sunday either. I am sure you can do with a break from reading anyway. Enjoy your own weekend, horse-filled or not, and I'll see you Monday.
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%: