From Endurance to Dressage
I am not really "allowed" to decorate the public parts of my house with horse-related art work, although there are a few small items here and there. I get it, I am not a big fan of the hunting/outdoors motif either. Our cabin is decorated that way, but it's appropriate for the space.
I do have an office though that is covered floor to ceiling with framed riding photos. There are also shelves of model horses and piles of equine related books and magazines.
I earned my USDF First Level Riding Performance Award two months ago, but I hadn't had the time to get it framed until last week. I've heard some chatter on Facebook about what to do with those patches. I like to frame mine.
I've framed both Rider Performance Awards in the same way: I include the certificate and then lay the patch on top with a bit of scotch tape behind to hold it in place.
Both of the certificates and patches hang on my "awards wall." I have my endurance Chevrons (patches) and medals hanging on the same wall. I've also hung my plaque for the CDS Rosettes (plates), and a few other awards I've won with Speedy G or Montoya (may she RIP).
I never wanted to sew my endurance patches and chevrons to a jacket because I was afraid I might lose the jacket or wear it out. The same goes for the dressage patches. I'd rather have mine safely framed at home. Do you have any equine related patches, and what did you do with yours? Do you wear them or display them?
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%