From Endurance to Dressage
The blogging world is filled with images of fall: brilliantly colored leaves, gray skies, furry coats, and even snow. I spent the weekend desperately trying to capture some fall photos from here in Sunny California. I wasn't very successful. Up until Friday morning, it had been in the high 70s with nothing but warm sunshine. On Friday, a cool storm finally blew through splattering us with just enough rain to dampen the ground. Before I could get a photo, the sun returned and the clouds broke apart. Thankfully the temperatures seem more fall-like than the sky would suggest. Our temperatures have finally dropped to the high 50s.
Here is what fall looks like in California's Central Valley ...
I am not complaining. I love California's mild climate. We can truly ride and school our horses nearly 365 days a year. The ground won't get too hard, nor will it get too muddy. The temperatures might get cold, but with gloves and a medium-weight jacket it's very comfortable.
Sometimes it would just be nice to see your breath and hear snow crunch underfoot. Since snow isn't likely, I'll continue riding in my t-shirt and hosing off my wooly mammoths. No one has told the ponies that fall is arriving late!
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
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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