From Endurance to Dressage
Of the four tests that I rode over the weekend, I am the most proud of this one. I read Hilda Gurney's comments from the day before, and I really thought long and hard about how to keep Speedy G straight while at the same time increasing the inside bend. And frankly, we nailed it.
As soon as I finished the test, I knew it was a good one. When I entered at A, I knew that Speedy felt my intention to ride hell out of that test. We made that corner into A and I felt him snap to and get with me. It was FUN!
The other things I like about this test were 1) I got my second qualifying score for RAAC which means I can compete in September at the CDS regional show. There are three regional shows in California: one for northern, central, and southern. I want to go, and now I can. And 2) it was a genuine first place ride. All of my other blue ribbons were earned because I was either the only rider in the class, or I was competing against 9 year olds who frequently kicked my butt. This time, I actually won! And if you'll look back at Tuesday's post, you'll see that I competed with one of the same riders the day before. Woot woot for Speedy G and me!
If you check out the score sheet (below), you'll see that we even earned an 8, not very common for us. Even better, we earned not one, but THREE 7.5s on our Collective Marks. And check out the canter transitions, 6.5. Goodbye you crummy 4s!
4/5/2012 04:25:23 am
4/5/2012 06:56:56 am
Thanks, Val. I was pretty pleased. Now if we can get those scores at T1 - that will really be worth a wow! :0)
4/7/2012 06:00:43 am
Thanks, Kelly. I am feeling the love all the way from NZ! It's fun to show when you have a good day. I am remembering this for our next show where it might not all go so well! :0)
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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%: