From Endurance to Dressage
Maybe I should title this post, FINALLY. Speedy has always wanted to go behind the vertical to escape the contact, but finally, I understand how much leg I need to use with him to encourage him to step up to the bit and take it.
We had a great schooling ride on Sunday. He's been working really nicely for the past few months, but it finally dawned on me that the reason our scores have gone up so dramatically is because I finally have him in front of my leg. It's not like things are perfect; he's now trying to get a bit heavy, but at least there is something in my hand to work with.
When I rode this weekend, I really focused on the inside bend. We did a lot of leg yielding, and I discovered that Speedy can leg yield to the right with some skill, but to the left, yikes. We stink! His right side is his more hollow side, and he really likes to blow through his left shoulder, which makes the leg yield to the left pretty difficult.
I finally got really tough (consistent) on that outside rein, and did he ever throw a fit. I stuck with it though until he finally realized that my inside leg meant move OVER not just forward. Since he's learned to move forward with leg, I think he's trying to use that as a bit of an excuse to blow through the shoulder rather than move more sideways. It's okay; he'll get it.
With the CDS Championship coming in just a few short weeks, I don't want to over-work anything or try too much that's new. I actually have a strategy, I'll share on another day, but for now, I am trying to school through our sticky spots in order to improve our overall impression.
I am pretty pleased with where we are right now. Hopefully we can continue to improve a little of this and that so that we show up sharp and ready to wow those judges!
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%