From Endurance to Dressage
I should be thrilled with my scores, and I am, but I am horrified by the video. I do not ride this horse with the same deep seat that I ride Sydney. After watching the video, and seriously cringing, I rode Speedy on Monday and addressed two of my most obvious weaknesses: my forward lean and my busy hands.
Speedy asks so politely that I always just give the reins back to him. I have got to quit doing that. I don't dare do it with Sydney or we'd be in the next county. Since Speedy doesn't bolt, rear, or melt down, his polite little root, root always achieve what he wants.
So on Sunday, I sat deep and tall and quit fussing with my hands, I resisted his polite but persistent habit of pulling the reins and added leg instead. I did a fair number of trot to canter to trot transitions and felt that just by sitting up and keeping my hands quiet I improved my position noticeably, and as a result, his way of going.
Before you watch, keep in mind that Speedy hasn't been shown since July of 2013 and has had several months off. He only just started back to work a few weeks ago. We had done only a handful of canter transitions before the show. I was really worried that we had lost all of our training (such as it was), but I was actually relatively pleased by his performance. He showed more maturity, and his submissiveness was hugely improved. He was willing and listened even when I was fussing with his mouth and over-bending him.
The California Dressage Society's Regional Adult Amateur Competition may be on the books for us after all. I earned two scores and now just need one more score to be qualified. I had wanted to qualify at First Level, but I'd be happy showing at Training Level.
Here's the Training Level Test 2 video ...
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%