From Endurance to Dressage
Monday was the first day of school. Here's how it went.
I woke up at 5:00 a.m. Got to work one hour early. Worked through half of my lunch period. Left on time. Mostly. Arrived home, slipped into barn clothes, made it to the barn by 4:00 p.m. Temperatures were in the lower 90s with a stiff breeze, although it was similar to what a hairdryer might emit. The horses had just been fed so I cleaned my stalls and groomed Sydney. I gave him fifteen minutes to eat and then saddled up. I had a lovely ride. I cleaned him up and turned Speedy out. He and I goofed off out in the arena until he was ready to continue his dinner. I prepared a late "lunch" for both boys, or is it now going to be dessert? Total barn time - hour and a half. Got home, prepped dinner, wrote a blog post. Cleaning lady came today so there were no household chores to do.
So far, not a bad way to return to work.
The photo is from the end of a our ride. White foamy mouth - this is a good thing, right?!
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%: