From Endurance to Dressage
Friday's are the day we usually wear our school t-shirts or better yet, your own classroom t-shirt. I have at least 15 shirts that bear my school's logo, we're the Leo B. Hart Hawks, and another pile of my own classroom's t-shirts.
In the very beginning, back when I was teaching kindergarten, we were Sweaney's Sweeties. When I moved to 6th grade, we were Sweaney's Scorpions. For the past 15 years though, we've been Sweaney's Stallions. That's been the best fit. Obviously.
I've changed my shirts several times over the years. For a while, they were navy blue and sported a much more cartoon-like image of a horse. This is the first year for this shirt, and I really love it.
Each teacher chooses his or her own logo and mascot. I don't know why it took me so long to embrace my roots. The kids liked being Scorpions, but I always wanted an equine motif. When I changed schools and moved to a 4th grade classroom, I made the switch to Stallions and haven't looked back.
Until I retire, we're Sweaney's stallions. TGIF and enjoy your weekend!
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
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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