From Endurance to Dressage
My "stolen" gift! Quite a haul!
Seriously. What could be better than that? Not much in my book.
Sunday evening was JL's barn party. It's an annual affair and one that I was particularly excited about attending. It never occurred to me to doubt my invitation. That's how much fun JL and her students are. Everyone who rides with JL is fun loving and dedicated to riding well. No drama necessary.
The party was held at the lovely home of one of JL's students. It was like most Christmas parties: everyone brought a dish to share, drinks were poured, laughter abounded, and a good time was had by all. Most of us left ten pounds heavier after eating the gargantuan pot pies provided by our hostess. Delicious!
Like many holiday parties, we entertained ourselves with the traditional steal-a-gift exchange. These ladies didn't disappoint! Gifts were stolen, re-stolen, and shared around the room. JL herself ended up with the much sought after cordless clippers. Cha Ching's Mom had to choose a number of gifts as she was the victim of many robberies. I'll admit I even stole a gift from her! It's pictured to the right.
I hope you're having an enjoyable party season and that it includes your barn pals! We sure had a great time.
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%