From Endurance to Dressage
I wish judging was less subjective. With the way it is now, one day I am the world's worst rider, and the very next day I am winning classes. Arg ... what's a girl to do? And why, oh why is it so much easier to believe the lower scores than the better ones?
For day two, I rode both tests under the eyes of Sue Curry-Shaffer. Did I improve that much over night, was she just generous, or were the two judges from Saturday just a wee bit harsh? I would love to believe that I just got more focused and rode better.
My first class of the day, Training Level 1, had a total of four riders, most of whom were the same riders as the day before. I took first place out of the four which tells me that maybe I did just ride better than the day before. Although I always ride to improve my scores and don't generally care about my placing within a class, a first place ribbon is nice to have. And when the score is also a good one, 62.917%, all the better!
My score from test 1 counts for several things: it was score number 6 towards my CDS Plate (I only need 5); it was the second qualifying score for RAAC (I am already qualified at Intro Level and now I can do Training Level if I want to); and this score counts for the USDF Rider Performance Award (I only need two more).
My score sheet is below. Click to enlarge.
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%: