From Endurance to Dressage
Being honest about imperfection is hard, but if just one person leaves my space feeling better about herself because she recognizes that she's not the only one, then my honesty, humiliating as it is, will be worth it. Here goes: I had a hard day yesterday. It wasn't worth getting upset over, but when you're searching for your joy, it doesn't take much to knock the smile off your face. I drove home from work in tears. I called my mom, and then I made cookies. Cookies solve a lot of problems.
Today, my 5th grade team is treating the rest of our staff to a hot chocolate bar with sweets. We have hot chocolate packets and every single topping you can think of: marshmallows, whipped cream, hazel nut creamer, chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon, and both chocolate and caramel syrup. We also have cookies. Lots of cookies.
I wasn't supposed to bring cookies. I bought the hot water dispenser and a bunch of the toppings, but when your joy is flagging, baking for others can change your perspective. So I pulled out my mixer and whipped up a some good cheer. My happiness cup is not overflowing, but it's not empty either.
It's funny how the act of giving serves to fill us back up. Find your joy.
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: