From Endurance to Dressage
Eek! Guess what showed up at my house last night?!?!?!?
Before I show you, (if you haven't already figured it out, and how could you not since it's obviously a BOOT box) there's a cute story about how this delivery was made possible.
Every day when my husband brings in the mail, I ask, "Is there a check for a million dollars?" No matter how many times I ask, and I've asked it a lot, he either gives a simple nope or a more elaborate MAYBE, LOOK AT THIS! when it's some sort of scammer junk mail.
So ... the other day he brought in a pile of mail and dropped it in front of me. I immediately spotted a gray envelope that was not junk mail. I pulled it from the stack and noticed that my name and address were typed on the front, but there was no return address nor postage stamp.
Our mail carrier is well known for goofing up the mail, so I figured it was from a neighbor or our HOA. When I picked it up though, I became even more puzzled as it was thick and bulky. Something besides a piece of paper was in the envelope.
When I slit it open, my eyes just about popped out of my head. It was filled with cash! It wasn't a check for a million dollars, but it sure looked like it! My husband has a great sense of humor and thought it would be funny to cash a recent bonus check and hand it to me in cash. Dude's a keeper for sure!
He knows I've had a ton of First World Problems lately in the form of strange and random bills, so he handed me a stack of the bills and told me to do with them whatever I wanted. I wanted to go wild and buy all sorts of things, but I am so careful with money that I kept out a portion to pay for Speedy's vet visit last week, and then I put the rest away.
When Speedy's vet bill turned out to be much, much lower than anticipated (thank you, Dr. Tolley!), I decided to use the rest of what was unspent to buy myself some new boots! Our favorite tack store, the Riding Warehouse, had them listed for $219.95, but I had a 20% coupon, so I got them for a whole lot less!
I chose the wide model because I don't plan on riding in them. Instead, I bought them for work, and I'll need to tuck in my jeans. I have 30 minutes of yard duty every Tuesday morning from 7:20 - 7:50. It gets cold and damp out on the playground. I also teach P.E. every day, even in the winter. These will be perfect for tromping around on the wet asphalt and muddy field.
They're a tiny bit big in the footbed, so I am going to by some gel inserts, which I do for all of my boots anyway. I am stupidly excited about these boots. I've been wanting them for so long but just had trouble justifying buying one more thing.
Thanks, Mr. Sweaney!
Oh, and if you want that discount code, shoot me an email.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
8/7-8 SCEC (***)
10/30-31 SCEC (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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