From Endurance to Dressage
It's been a while since I shared one of these so I thought I'd toss another one out there. When I look at the date, 2002, I shake my head in astonishment. Where does the time go?
I actually like this photo. What I like is how "racey" we look. You can easily tell that Montoya is all business, and I am letting her do her job with as little interference as possible. I love how far she is reaching with the left front and how far back she has that left hind stretched. When it comes forward we're going to cover a lot of ground!
I've shared before that technical trail brought out the best in my partner. The Eastern High Sierra Classic 50-miler has some very technical and dicey trail. Montoya shone at this type of work. It kept her brain engaged and she thrived on the challenges the trail gave her.
We finished this race 34th out of 67 riders. Our ride time was 8 hours and 14 minutes.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Completed …
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: