From Endurance to Dressage
Hubby and I spent Sunday evening at JL's Annual Barn Party. What a great time (for me, Hubby was a good sport, but still, not his regular scene.) I am sure it was similar to a lot of barn parties: tons of hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and a ton of yummy deserts, especially that red velvet cake.
Several of the ladies hauled in old VHS tapes from jumping shows dating back to the 1980s - hysterically funny, and at a times, a little bittersweet. Suzy had even put together a video montage in honor of Honor Bound, the equine friend we lost a few weeks ago.
The real fun started with the traditional I-Want-THAT! gift exchange. You know the one: everyone gets a number, you pick a gift from the pile, or you steal something cool from someone else. I will admit that I love to steal and don't care one bit about what I get to take home. It's the stealing that makes it so much fun.
I "stole" a cool Dover gift certificate and then later a super cute horseshoe necklace from my pal, Cha Ching's mom, who later worked out a deal with her niece to steal it back from me. Karma, right?
It was a really fun party! It was also fun to get to visit with everyone without helmets, breeches, and a horse tugging your arm off. It's always surprising how everyone cleans up so nicely!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: