From Endurance to Dressage
And I hope I don't blow it! Geez Louise but my local efforts stink! Just to prove it to you, here are my scores from the two Bakersfield shows that I've done: 53.750%, 54.500%, 58.500%, and 56.250%.
Of the 19 show days that I have completed, my absolute worst scores have come from the two Bakersfield shows that I've entered. What gives? Seriously. What is it? I don't feel especially nervous. If you've been reading this blog long enough you've probably realized that I don't really care what people think about me. Well, within reason of course. What I mean is that I do what I want, and I don't need the approval of my fellow riders.
So is it just bad luck, bad timing, bad riding? What?!
Whew ... deep breath. I am as ready as I can be: I know the tests; Speedy is working well; and the venue is familiar and comfortable. The show is tomorrow, and I ride early. As in first. I go at 8:00 a.m. and again at 8:30. I'm ready to kick some butt! (I just hope it's not mine!)
But before I go... Have you scrolled down, over there on the right, to check out the Stuff I'm Working On? No added pressure or anything, but this is a CDS/USDF/USEF rated show which means I could conceivably fill in two of the missing scores. I'm just saying'!
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
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: