From Endurance to Dressage
Today is a day to celebrate. The winter solstice is upon us which means that beginning tomorrow, we will begin accruing daylight instead of losing it. Today, we will have only 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight. By Saturday, we will have one additional minute, and the following Saturday, another minute more. By the middle of January, we'll have 10 hours and 3 minutes of daylight. And by January 31, we'll have 10 hours and 29 minutes. That day, the sun won't set until 4:54 p.m. in my latitude.
It seems a small thing, but for someone struggling to find joy, daylight is a balm that soothes the soul. While Saturday's weather was so gloomy and cold, we did enjoy an hour of bright sunshine right in the middle of the day. My husband told me that while golfing on the north side of town, the sun never broke through for him. I was so grateful for that brief hour of sunshine that I spent it chatting with the ranch owner with the sun shining full on my face.
I am more fortunate than most. Beginning Friday at noon, I have two weeks off which means that I can be at the barn much earlier in the day, and if it is cloudy or foggy, the sky will still be brighter than it would be at 3:30 when I would normally arrive. When I go back to work on January 9th, we will have 9 hours and 58 minutes of daylight, 10 full minutes more than today. It's not much, but it's a start. Each day we will gain a minute or more which will make the days not only feel longer, but less rushed.
Even if it is just by a minute.
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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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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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