From Endurance to Dressage
It's been a long time since I was able to just watch someone else's lesson. When I was still riding with JL, the hunter/jumper trainer down the road, I could watch lessons any time, and I did. Now that I am at the ranch, there's no one to watch. Ranch Owner and L tend to ride during the week while I am at work, and when they take a lesson, they haul out.
So when my friend, E, asked if I wanted to meet up at her barn for some girl time and horse talk, I said sure! She wanted to talk about bits, so I brought a small pile. Another friend happened to be there, so I caught up with her as well. While I love the peacefulness of being at the ranch, I do miss talking about horse stuff with friends.
When the trainer arrived, we all walked over to the dressage court, and I picked a corner to sit in. E handed me her phone and asked if I might take some video or photos. I've had so many generous friends do it for me that it was nice to return the favor.
I may have to try and make more time to catch lessons over at E's barn. It was really refreshing to visit with her and meet the trainer. Virtual friends are great, but a face to face is so much better!
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: