From Endurance to Dressage
You're probably bored by the slow revelation of the show, but analyzing each test helps me process how it went. Four days later and I still find it hard to believe the scores of the third judge.
I learned in Santa Barbara, my first two-day show, that I get pretty tired by the end of day 2. I kept that in mind throughout this show, but I still couldn't beat the exhaustion. I drank a Coke in the afternoon, I hung out in the shade, I resisted the urge to piddle around ... I was still tired. My last test of the show wasn't until 2:17. By 1:30 I was considering scratching so we could just get home.
I ran across Brian Isbell, one of the riders in my class, and joked about being tired and hot. He commiserated, but then gave me a big Atta Girl! which boosted my resolve and got me in a better frame of mind. In fact, throughout the afternoon he gave me several welcome smiles that encouraged me to stick it out. I am glad I did.
We scored a 62.679% for Training Level test 2 which earned us second place out of a class of 6! This gave us yet another score for our CDS Plate and a back-up score for the RAAC. The Rider Performance Award scores must be from four different judges so I only get to use one of Sunday's scores. That's okay though. I'll take a score above 60% any day of the week even if it doesn't count towards any kind of award program.
Here are the score sheets. Check out the 8 and the lovely steed! comment!
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%: