From Endurance to Dressage
I am sorry. I don't usually post twice in one day. Who has time to read one post EVERY SINGLE DAY much less a second one? I just had to write about my day-after-the-show ride.
For me, showing lets me see what I have learned, and what I still need to work on. The judge at Sunday's show really got us on maintaining a steady contact, steady rhythm, and of course the canter. So when I went out to ride this morning, I kept those things in my mind. Here's what I discovered:
Don't misunderstand, I did not fix anything today, but I definitely see where we need some work and we'll just keep practicing until we get it right. When I feel discouraged, I think back to where we were last summer, and I realize that we have come a long way.
Glad to hear that you had a good experience at the show. Congratulations are definitely in order!
6/27/2011 07:34:46 am
Val, thanks for the tip. I'll definitely give that a try when I ride next.
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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.
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