From Endurance to Dressage
Endurance Photos: Deadman 2000
This is an infrequent series of photos that compares the differences between an endurance seat and a dressage seat.
This is an interesting photo because Montoya has seen the photographer while I haven't. This time I'm looking towards the trail, and she is preparing for what will be a very hard spook! Since we're climbing a little rise in the trail, I am leaning forward a bit to really get off of her back which will allow her to use her hind end more freely without also having to support my weight.
We finished the 50 mile course 17th out of 57 riders with a ride time of 6 hours and 33 minutes. We had an advantage at this race as we were on trails that we had ridden many times. I was in charge of marking all of the final 30 miles of the course so Montoya knew exactly where we were going.
8/10/2012 11:47:08 pm
Beautiful picture. Montoya is stunning every time I see her and I like your pants! The countryside is just gorgeous.
8/11/2012 03:39:35 am
Val - Montoya was well known as a beauty. More people recognized her than me. Not only was she quite glamorous, but she was a serious athlete as well. I feel very privileged to have been her person. :0)
8/11/2012 01:26:37 am
Beautiful shot! Montoya was such an athlete!
8/11/2012 03:40:33 am
I miss her, but in a rosy, nostalgic way. Her pictures bring back fond memories and always make me smile. :0)
8/12/2012 10:29:59 am
I think someone could write a book :0) about trail marking around the country. I'd love to see all the creative ways it's done.
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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.
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