From Endurance to Dressage
Even though we just returned home from two days of intense riding with a clinician, I had a lesson with my own trainer last night! I really felt it was important to discuss what I had heard with her while it was still fresh in my mind. I am glad I did as the lesson was really, really good. But all about that on another day.
I still want to share my feelings on how the clinic went, but before I had the chance to sit down and sort out what I saw and heard, Sarah, from Eventing in Color went and did it for you! In fact her synopsis of the clinic was far better than what I would have done so I am hijacking her blog post and sharing it with you here. If you would like to see it in its original form, including a photo, please go visit her blog here.
I was pretty nervous about riding in front of so many advanced riders. I was especially worried about riding in front of a clinician of such high repute; he's an international judge for Heaven's sake! When I read Sarah's post, I was a little wowed by it. I couldn't believe that I had participated in such an event. You see, I was so emotionally connected to the riding part that I wasn't able to be such a neutral observer, and I certainly didn't remember with such clarity the finer points of Christian's instruction.
After reading Sarah's account however, all of what he said and did came flooding back. Sarah hit the nail on the head. Please read her review of the clinic; it's what I wanted to say, but she did it even better.
Here's Sarah's Post. More from me tomorrow ...
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)
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