From Endurance to Dressage
Change of Topic!
Well, ooh la la! Speedy and I made the March edition of Dressage Today.
We're on page 26 of the March issue in case you have it handy. Several months ago I submitted a photo for "The Clinic: Photo Critiques" column. I love this part of the magazine and usually flip there first. Whoever the critic is, they are always kind to the riders while still being helpful.
Susanne von Dietze, the current critic, said some lovely things:
Unfortunately, Speedy and I won't get to work on any of this any time soon, but here is the essence of what she said:
The rest of the column focuses on exercises to correct asymmetry as well as how to deepen one's seat, mine in particular. I am really excited by what Susanne von Dietze said. That she could find more than one positive thing to say makes my day. And the criticisms are all things that I am quite aware of; my hand position has been my Kryptonite all along. And the slight forward tendency is thanks to many years of riding endurance where we get off our horses' backs. Lots to work on, but lots of time in which to do it!
By the way, this is great timing as I am heading to the Christian Schacht clinic over in Moorpark on Saturday morning. I ride at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Come on out, or better yet, bring your own horse for a ride; there are still spots (805) 603-0309!
See you on Monday!
2/21/2014 10:49:25 am
I am ALWAYS working on my hands. :0) After my trainer reads it (she's on vacation), I am hoping she can start zinging me on my asymmetrical hands. :0)
2/21/2014 10:50:07 am
I saw someone I know a few months ago. It WAS pretty cool. :0)
2/21/2014 10:51:50 am
Thanks,Lauren, but the critic ALWAYS finds nice things to say, but I am happy about what those nice things were. I suppose she could have pointed out something about my turnout which is not as complimentary as a correct leg position. I'll take it. :0)
2/21/2014 10:53:02 am
I assumed the comments would be of that nature, but I am glad that she listed several specific things to focus on rather than simply stating the rider has a long way to go. :0)
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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.
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