From Endurance to Dressage
This test went a lot like the Intro C test. I was still a bit tight in my upper body so Speedy G was a bit braced. I was also really focused on keeping him straight which meant I didn't get any inside bend. I (mostly) fixed that the next day.
I am not at all disappointed with the score, especially since it was only the third time I'd ridden this test. (My first attempt earned a 56.25% and the second effort, at a schooling show, netted us a 60.0%.) AND ... my goal was simply to earn a straight up 60% to qualify for the Regional Adult Amateur Competition in September. Goal met!
The problem? Damn that stretchy trot!!!!! We can do it at home, but we just can't seem to get relaxed enough to do it at a show. We seem to be over the bucking and kicking at the canter, so of course there has to be the next thing. This is now my goal - master the stretchy trot. We'll get this one, but here we go again.
What went well? Check out those 7s, especially the 7.5. Nice! I also liked Judge Hilda Gurneys comments in the Collective Marks. She actually used the words nice & light. Seriously? Light? I'll take that! AND ... in her Further Remarks she said, Nice sitting rider ... Me? Oh, Baby! I know she followed it with a but, but I already knew the rest of it.
I considered this a successful ride. It was a last place finish, second out of two, but I broke the 60% mark, and I earned my first qualifying score for Training Level for RAAC. I am more than happy! Here is the test sheet.
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%: