From Endurance to Dressage
I am home! What a great weekend filled with time spent with my mom, dancing, lots of riding, and making new friends. I had a total blast at this year's California Dressage Society's Central Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) and El Sueno's Championship!
On Friday night, the show management provided a pizza dinner and drinks, which was a great way to visit with old friends and make new ones. Mom and I had a great time and felt very welcome.
On Saturday evening, The Ventura County Chapter (VCC) of the California Dressage Society threw a fantastic barn party! There was wine (lots of it!), dips and veggies, wraps, fruit, and other goodies.
For entertainment, VCC brought in a great guy to lead us in line dancing and square dancing. We had the most fun learning those dances. Several times the caller joked about our lack of coordination and poor sense of direction given that we ride dressage. Most of us couldn't tell our left from our right or our toes from our heels!
My mom might have had even more fun than I did! She's quite social and had no trouble meeting everyone in our barn row. She even made some new friends that I'd never met before. On the way home, she told me that she felt as though she'd learned so much about dressage that she'll be better able to understand some of the technical stuff that I write about (such as it is!).
There is a lot more to share, of course - you know me, but I'll leave you with this tidbit: Suzi Kuykendall, the show manager (and super nice lady), draped my Championship ribbon over my chest and told me to wear it proudly. I walked down to the championship ring to say goodbye to Chemaine, my now, out-of-town trainer, and Jen, the VCC Chairperson.
Hilda Gurney had just finished her Grand Prix Championship ride on Wintersnow. As she walked by us, she noticed my championship ribbon. Stopping Wintersnow for a moment, she paused and congratulated me. I felt pretty honored that someone of her experience would take a moment to congratulate another rider even though she must have been still busy recovering from her challenging ride. Thank you, Hilda Gurney; you made my day!
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%