From Endurance to Dressage
This is just a schooling show, but the form is just as tedious!
I don't want to jinx myself, but my third attempt at making a show this season is sitting on the counter, ready to be dropped into the morning mail. If it rains at this show, I'll know the gods are sending me some type of message. If they are sending me a message, I wish they'd be just a bit clearer about what they're trying to tell me. It would also be helpful if the message came at least several days BEFORE the show rather than the morning OF the show ... Or at least before I've spent ninety bucks filling up my truck.
Here's the barely-made-it and attempted-to-go list:
Toys for Tots (Clovis) in December - rain, but not cancelled.
Holiday Dressage (Somis) in December - rain, cancelled.
Symphony Dressage (Moorpark) in March - rain, cancelled.
Rancho Royale (Oak View/Ojai) in April - please don't rain!
This was not what I was planning to write about today, but I need some help in praying to the weather gods for pleasant weather on the 10th of April. Any help would be appreciated.
And since I am on the subject of showing, how many of you go to shows by yourselves? I don't really know who reads this blog, so I might not know you. And I have a lot of questions for you. I WANT to know you! Since I live in a VERY non-dressagey community, I only know how I am approaching dressage, but I would sure like to know what other people do.
If you see me at a show, please say hi. I am really looking forward to meeting other dressage riders.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
8/7-8 SCEC (***)
10/30-31 SCEC (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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