From Endurance to Dressage
The blogosphere is rapidly filling up with posts about gift ideas for the holidays. I'm not writing a gift suggestion post as there are many good ones out there already. This is my own personal Gee, Santa, I think I've been really good this year list. I am pretty sure that I did what I was supposed to do this year so I have dutifully filled out my wish list and sent it off to the big guy. Which really means I printed an on-line shopping cart and gave it to Hubby. He's remarkably good at picking out the equine stuff I like. And since he hates to buy jewelry and prefers to buy fun and practical stuff, I'd say my list should satisfy him. Here's what was on it ...
The Steffen Peters Dressage Show Pad - This pad is available from Dover for $47.90. It comes in black or white. I am asking for black. This is for Sydney.
I need some new pull on bell boots, and these seemed like they would do the trick. These are also from Dover and sell for $10.90 a pair - I asked for two pair. Since these would be for Sydney, Large please. Color doesn't matter.
Again, from Dover, this is the Kerrits Ventilator Pocket Short Sleeve Shirt. Both of my show shirts are just okay. One is a bit small, and the other is plain old cotton which gets wet under my show coat. This shirt comes in several colors, but for showing, I need a white one. Medium please. It currently sells for $39.90.
The Horseware Kittson Technical Softshell Jacket, available at Smartpak for $92.95, is a bit pricey, but my birthday is also coming up soon. I like this jacket because it is both lightweight and waterproof. Perfect for California's mild winters. Medium please.
I don't think my list is out of control or on the wild side. Practical and functional, yes. Extravagant, no. Horse people tend to be very similar so I am guessing that most of you have already provided your "Santa" with a list that looks a lot like mine. So, how 'bout it?
Anyone out there with a similar list?
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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