From Endurance to Dressage
I had something else to publish today, but as I rolled out of bed at 4:45 a.m. to get ready for work for the first time in more than ten weeks, I decided to share what many teachers feel after summer break: excitement, anxiety, worry, renewal, exhaustion, frustration, and sometimes even dread.
I am starting the school year with a 7:30 a.m. meeting in my capacity as union site representative. Then I'll spend the next 7 hours trying to learn the names of 60 fifth graders while at the same time showing them the ropes and hoping that they go home with a good feeling about school.
I may not make it out to the barn today. I'll be physically tired, but that won't be what really tethers me to the couch. I'll probably be mentally exhausted. I am giving myself permission right now to come home, kick off my heels, grab a cold one from the 'fridge, and plop down for a little Netflix viewing before I start cooking dinner.
Ponies, you might have to do without me for a day. Have a great day, everyone.
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%: