From Endurance to Dressage
This afternoon I am heading down to Anaheim - Los Angeles area for the non-Californians out there, for the CDS Annual Meeting.
I've never really had a reason to attend before, but this year, Speedy and I are both receiving an award. This seemed like a good year to see what it's all about.
Saturday's schedule is filled with chapter meetings. Since my chapter chair isn't attending, I asked if I could go as a representative. The Tehachapi Mountain Chapter of CDS is pretty small, but they work hard to put on a summer show series and yearly banquet, both with great ribbons and awards. I think TMC has plenty to share with the rest of the chapters.
That same night, there's a banquet where awards are handed out. That's really the reason I am going. Speedy and I worked hard to earn both the Ruby Rider Award and the Second Level Horse Performance Award. Receiving those are worth going to Anaheim for.
Sunday's schedule focuses on a health fair. I am not certain that any of the topics pertain to me, but Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, will be there as a vendor sharing her yoga ball lessons. Her daughter and another mutual friend will also be attending so whether the health fair is interesting or not, the four of us are guaranteed to have a great time.
Enjoy your own 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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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