From Endurance to Dressage
Because really, why not? Sure, I haven't ridden my horse in nearly a month, and yes, I've been sick in bed for the past three weeks. Why would any of that preclude me from riding in a Chemaine Hurtado Clinic this weekend?
Chemaine texted me a few weeks ago and offered up this Sunday as a possible clinic day. Sure, I said, I should be well by then. Joke's on me. Who knew that I would still be on antibiotics while taking shots of cough syrup?
Once the fires in Ventura started and Chemaine began evacuating horses out of the danger zone, I sort of figured we'd call the the whole thing off. With the fires under control and the weather holding steady though, Chemaine confirmed the date. So even though I haven't ridden and can't walk a hundred yards without wheezing, I put myself on the schedule.
I've already redone the clinic schedule three times. It seems as though I am not the only one with ... issues. What Chemaine doesn't know is that while my horse is on the schedule, I haven't been real clear about who will be riding him. All I can say is that she had better show up in boots and breeches!
Do you think I should at least lunge him before Sunday?
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%: