From Endurance to Dressage
Not for long, of course, but the few autumnal days we get sure are pretty. We just finished a very hot, six-month long summer. After 179 days of dry weather, heavy clouds laden with rain descended on our state. The air sparkled, free of dust and smoke. Overnight, the leaves changed to fiery reds and golden oranges and yellows.
I had a very long last week that limited my barn visits to the predawn and early evenings. The only time I saw the sun's light was while at work.
Afternoon rain was predicted on Saturday, so even though I was sluggish and unmotivated, I headed out to the barn in the early morning. My effort was rewarded with dazzling sunshine gleaming through the clean air and blue skies.
Even though it was barely 50 degrees, I hosed the mud from Speedy's legs and hooves. He stood quietly, basking in the warmth of the California sun. Even in fall, its rays are warm.
I think both Speedy and Izzy are enjoying the cooler, wet weather. Speedy's been standing in the rain while Izzy's been hanging out beneath the trees in the shade. My vet joked recently that a horse's best weather day is 47 degrees. My horses seem to agree with him.
More rain is predicted this week. The skies will once again be cloudy and dull, but we won't complain. We need every drop of rain we can get since summer is right around the corner.
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%