From Endurance to Dressage
Monday - Fall?
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!
11/7/2011 06:15:45 am
How pretty! I love your facility!!!
11/7/2011 09:37:18 am
I am really happy at this new barn. It's a residence and not a public boarding facility. The owner keeps her horse and just started renting out the other three stalls. She rents a stall to Bailey's mom and the other two are mine. It has been a heavenly move. it's very clean, quiet, and allows me the freedom to ride whenever I want to. I don't have to squeeze into the arena which was the number one attraction. I also love helping out with barn chores which the property owner likes! It's a win win for all of us!
11/8/2011 09:13:44 pm
Kelly - completely forgot to answer your question! Typical winter weather on the most average day of the year would be a high of 54 and a low of 48. Through the winter we can have swings. It might get as high as 62 and as low as 32. On rare occasions it can drop into the 20s or teens, but only for a day or two. And about once every 30 or so years, it might snow. We average only 5 to 6 inches of rain, but we get frequent and heavy fog.
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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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