From Endurance to Dressage
Feather Arabians and What's in a Name?
Melissa Feather, of Feather Arabians and also Speedy G's breeder, gave me reason to pause and think. This of course led to the need to write.
But backing up just a minute, Speedy G's registered name is G Ima Starr FA. The FA of course is for Feather Arabians. She breeds very lovely horses and if you want to see some of her horses, you can find her website here.
And still not on topic, but getting closer ... When I bought Speedy I looked forward to giving him a barn name. G Ima Starr FA is a pretty big mouthful to call out as you're walking down the barn aisle. And since he didn't look quite like a "star" as a three-year old, I started working on tweaking his registered name into what he goes by today.
Speedy's first job was to be an endurance horse. Speed and stamina are somewhat necessary for that line of work. His mom's name is G Im Fast, and her dad's name is Fast Ptrack. I am also a huge NASCAR fan. With all of this, it was obvious he needed some kind of "racey" name. I tried out several speed related names: Bristol, Gordon, Daytona, JJ for my driver, Indianapolis shorted to Indy, and even Jr. Nope, none of them worked.
I kept going with the speed idea and laughingly told my husband that I always tell my students not to be a Speedy Gonzalez. You remember him. He was the Mexican cartoon mouse that always zipped along shouting, "Andale, andale!" Did I mention that I also speak Spanish? de todas maneras ... I put Speedy Gonzalez together with G Ima Starr FA, and out came Speedy G!
And back to Melissa Feather of Feather Arabians and the real reason for this post ... you'll have to wait until tomorrow. I need to think some more about what I want to say. It's very dressage related if that makes you feel any better. Check back.
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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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