From Endurance to Dressage
I finally got a good night's sleep and feel that I might be able to string a few words together. With that, here's the first test from day one.
Overall, I scored about how I thought I'd score. I was a bit tight in my upper body which no doubt encouraged Speedy G to be a bit braced. My fault. I also bobbled a bit at A. The opening was so wide that I was slightly worried that he was going to exit at A rather than circling at A! And I know he thought about it. I had to use a lot of outside leg to keep him inside the arena.
The thing I am most proud of is our canter transitions - no bucking or kicking out! Speedy did the best canter transitions he has ever done at a show. We scored nothing lower than a 6 for all eight canters! That beats our string of 4s by a hefty margin.
For the Collective Marks, I am really tickled with all the 7s Judge Hilda Gurney gave us, and I especially like the 7 for Gaits. The judge even added the comment, nice. The Rider's Position score gave me a fist pumping, yes! as well. I can't wait to share that particular score with my trainer. She deserves the credit for that one.
Overall, I didn't earn the 65% that I was hoping for, but I knew it wasn't a ride worth 65%. Even so, I was still pleased with the score. Tomorrow I'll share my scores for the Training Level test. If you just have to know the scores for all four rides, click here.
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: