From Endurance to Dressage
Endurance Photos: Lakeside Classic 50 - 2001
This is a continuing series of photos that illustrates the differences between an endurance seat and a dressage seat.
This photo was taken at the Lakeside Classic 50 miler in 2001. It's not a beautifully composed photograph, but what I like about it is that it shows Montoya traveling at some speed. Not only are her mane and tail being blown back, but the jacket around my waist is floating behind me as well. If you look at the horizon, near the tree, you can see that we're just beginning a downhill section. Montoya's head is up and she's watching the trail intently, as am I. If you look closely, I'm actually out of the saddle. My elbows are bent, which is a surprise, and the contact, as usual, is very light. The running martingale is fully engaged here and she's quite a bit above the bit. Both of these things tell me she was wanting to go much faster than I was letting her. That was typical for this mare - Fast and Faster was her nickname!
We finished this race 29th out of 56 with a ride time of 7 hours and 37 minutes.
10/16/2012 12:06:03 pm
Less than you think! A smile is more helpful! :0)
10/16/2012 05:21:18 am
drop-dead gorgeous mare, i want one like this. i look every day.
10/16/2012 12:06:39 pm
Thank you, Lytha. She was a spectacular animal - of that there is no doubt. :0)
10/16/2012 10:28:28 am
You must have had one comfy saddle!
10/16/2012 12:27:57 pm
It's funny - when I ride in my endurance saddle now, which isn't often, I HATE how much saddle there is. I find my dressage saddle to be much more comfortable. I doubt I could do a hundred miles in it though! :0)
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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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