From Endurance to Dressage
Central California finally got some rain this weekend.
We had a good downpour on Friday morning, but it was just enough to get things damp. On Sunday morning, we woke to heavy clouds and a few sprinkles. By 7:30 a.m. the sprinkles had turned to real rain - enough to make me think it might be enough to skip a ride and spend the day lounging in my yoga pants. Not doing yoga of course.
Since we've moved, we've yet to have a day where we could just lay around and hang out. I know the horses need to be ridden, but both boys seem okay as long as I at least drop by. As much as I wanted to simply snuggle up on the couch, I did drive by and give them their Platinum Performance and a few scratches.
I was rewarded by the most brilliant rainbow I've ever seen. The boys got a few minutes of my time, but then I did spend most of Sunday just laying around. We watched the #48 win this weekend's NASCAR race, some family dropped by to see our new house, and I made home-made clam chowder to go with the wet and windy weather. It was a nice day.
November has to be quieter than October was. I don't think I could do two Octobers like that in a row!
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)
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