From Endurance to Dressage
Endurance Photos: Manzanita 75 in 1999
This is a continuing series of photos that illustrates the differences between an endurance seat and a dressage seat.
This photo is from the Manzanita 75 miler in 1999, east of San Diego. We were about 50 miles into the day doing a nice ground covering canter. Montoya looks nicely balanced and my contact is loose. My rein has a soft loop in it. This was her favorite way to travel. We finished 4th out of 8 riders with a ride time of 13 hours and 54 minutes!
11/18/2011 07:08:47 am
She is such a lovely mare! My new pony's mane is proportianally the same length as Montoya's, so I'm slightly terrified of it! I had to remove the first snarl last night - thank god for Cowboy Magic!!! I think I'm going to pull out my horse mane rubber bands an go at her mane tonight.
11/18/2011 09:56:38 am
Hammer Horses - I used a LOT of Cowboy Magic. Montoya's mane was a constant battle. not only was it long, but it was T-H-I-C-K!
11/18/2011 01:54:30 pm
I'm hoping to get more pictures of her tomorrow and then maybe some video of me riding her on sunday.
11/19/2011 07:05:04 am
HammerHorses - Queenie is a looker. I do enjoy Bakersfield's very mild winter's but our summers can get quite tiresome. We are thrilled to see a day drop down into the 80s during the summer!
11/20/2011 11:27:18 pm
Hey I recognize that long-haired beast! Miss you on the trails, but glad you are having fun doing dressage!
11/21/2011 11:13:27 am
Merri - it is SOOOOO nice to hear from you! I peek in on your blog from time to time to keep up on what you're doing. From endurance to dressage ... who would have thought? It's a long story, some of which can be found on the blog. See you around! :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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