From Endurance to Dressage
It's no secret that my main goal for this summer show season is to earn my USDF Bronze Medal. For those of you that don't show dressage, the Bronze Medal marks a pretty important milestone for riders. To earn one, you need two scores of 60% or greater from two different judges at First, Second, and Third Levels. It's hard to do, and for most riders, it takes a long time to do, if it even ever happens.
We were so close at the June show. I missed my first score by just a few points. The very next weekend, after fixing some geometry issues, we earned a 62% and a 63% at a CDS-rated show. While the scores counted for a lot of other California Dressage Society (CDS) awards, they didn't count towards the medal, BUT it proves that we're right there.
We're leaving this morning for a 2-day, USDF/USEF/CDS-rated show at El Sueno Equestrian Center. With four tests over the weekend, I have four chances to earn a qualifying score. Since my scores need to come from two different judges, only one score can count. Do I want it? Yes, desperately. I can get it, I know I can. But if we don't, there's always a next show.
There's a lot to be said for the power of positive self talk. This weekend, I am going to do a lot of positive visualization and a lot of positive verbal affirmation. Speedy is a rockstar, I am a good rider, and we're ready!
Wish us luck!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: