From Endurance to Dressage
Yep! Chemaine will be here for two days of lessons. Boy do I need it. Speedy saw her two weeks ago at Horse Expo, but Izzy hasn't had a Chemaine Butt Kicking since the middle of January. We both need it. I am hoping to get some more help with the right lead canter.
Nothing with horses, especially mine, is ever easy. Last night during turnout, Izzy tossed a shoe. He's only shod in the front, so right now he's closer to being a barefoot horse than a shod horse. I made several calls last night, but none of the farriers I left messages with have called back.
I have a bunch of Speedy-sized Easy Boots that are in good working order, but my single size 2 boot, which fits a barefoot Izzy, has a broken heel strap. My plan is to is do a double wrap of the cable - this gets it really tight, and then use duct tape to try to keep it on.
My barn owner is wonderful. She was out until nearly dark dragging the arena so that our footing would be extra nice this morning. We had some heavy rain a few weeks ago followed by some rather toasty days that baked the footing into cement. It looks great now, so even if Izzy's jerry-rigged boot comes off, the footing won't do a bit of damage to his hoof.
Look for some Chemaine bits of wisdom over the next 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
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: