From Endurance to Dressage
Of course you can't, but know it is there - toothy and full of out loud laughter. Speedy has just been so much fun to ride this past couple of weeks. After our lesson on Sunday, a couple more things fell into place.
When I rode him this week, we played around with the counter bent, figure eight circles and the Mickey Mouse exercise. Both went really well. We were able to keep our circles the same size in the figure eight, and in the counter canter, we actually did the exercise on the right lead which is much harder for him to do.
I also played around with a third exercise that I forgot to share: the zig zag leg yield. Sounds fun, right? It is! When we did it with Christian, we crashed and burned, but once I was able to try it on my own, Speedy responded really well.
To do the exercise, turn up centerline and leg yield a few steps to the right. Come back to centerline and leg yield a few steps to the left. Repeat the exercise all the way up the court. Our first attempt was a little wonky, but after that, it truly felt as though we were dancing! Speedy got the rhythm and fairly strutted back and forth over the centerline.
Since I am only riding one horse right now, the rain hasn't messed up our schedule too badly. It rains one day, and I ride the next. It was pretty wet most of this week, but the forecast is calling for ten days of pretty pleasant weather which just happens to coincide with winter break.
Thank you, rain gods, for the Christmas gift. I plan to use those days wisely!
Special note: we are heading to the cabin for the weekend, so you won't hear from me for a few days.
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)
Qualifying Training Level
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