From Endurance to Dressage
Finally ... it looks as though I am actually going to make it to a show in 2011!
The rain from the past few days has had me worried. Yesterday looked pretty stormy. Even though the wind was blustery and the sky was black with ominous clouds, I schooled Speedy in the arena. He gave me some nice rhythmic trot and that wonderful walk that he has learned. I am feeling really good about our Intro B test. Is that a good thing, or should I be nervous?
We also worked the canter transition, but we're still struggling with the right side. Is it him, me, or the both of us? I know our Intro C test needs work, especially with that right lead canter. It's the best we can do right now, so I am okay with it. I only hope he can pick up the canter somewhere in the circle, even if it's late!
Coach and Cha Ching's Madre (her self-given moniker!) have given me some excellent points to consider, and work on, that have proven really helpful. Thanks, ladies!
Today will be spent riding, of course, and then cleaning Speedy G and re-cleaning my tack. Then I have to load everything and top off the gas tank. I did all of this three weeks ago, but tack has since been used, junk was removed from the trailer, and the truck has been driven.
More blog coming this afternoon tracking our show prep progress ...
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
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