From Endurance to Dressage
Do you remember that post I wrote about my artist friend, Karen Morovich? She gave me a beautiful painting that she did of Speedy. After seeing my reaction, Karen decided that the painting was even better than she had first thought. I think she started to see it through my eyes, biased as they are. I continue to be amazed at how beautiful the painting is. Anyway, she decided to get the image copyrighted.
While I am not privy to all of the details, Karen did share with me that it is a lengthy and somewhat expensive process. Fortunately, she received the copyright sooner than expected. She sent me a copy of the Certificate of Registration yesterday.
The certificate lists a registration number, an effective date of registration, and a registration decision date, May 2, 2022. Karen applied for a copyright registration for a group of unpublished works. To help her with this, I "unpublished" the image of Speedy from that earlier blog post. Karen explained that it is more difficult to copyright an image if it is already in the public domain. Her copyright includes ten works in total - Speedy, a cow, a giraffe, a gorilla, and six other works. With her permission, I have republished the image she sent me and included the copyright information.
Not long after Karen gave me a super high quality scan of the painting, I ordered a large canvas. I hung it in the very first part of our hallway so that I can see it from nearly every part of our kitchen, dining, and living room. It brings me so much happiness as I walk past it. I don't think I will ever get used to seeing it. Each and every time I look at it, it fills me with joy.
Later, Karen gifted me the original painting. A few weeks ago, I finally found the perfect frame for it. I know it's a little weird to have the same image hanging twice in your home, but the original is made even more beautiful by the blue-gray paint she used which produces a glittery sparkle. The paper she used, almost like cloth, adds another layer of depth to the work. I didn't think it would be possible, but the original brings me even more delight than does the canvas.
Karen has finally launched her website, www.karenmorovich.com, and it is now live. Some of her work is already available for purchase, and she has a lot of other interesting things on her site. You can even commission your own "Speedy."
Life has been a bit frustrating lately, but I am endeavoring to find those moments of happiness in the day to day struggle. Karen's painting of Speedy never fails to make me smile. Now that I think about it, isn't that what art is for?
Thank you, Karen, for giving me this priceless gift.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%