From Endurance to Dressage
Believe it not, Louisiana and I are joining the Tejon Hounds this morning for a fox hunt (see flyer below)!
A friend here in town sent me the flyer and asked if I was interested. I immediately scoffed and reached for the delete key. But then I paused. Why not go fox hunting? It actually sounded like a lot of fun, but since I have never been fox hunting, I did a ton of Googling to figure out what NOT to wear, do, or say. It all seemed pretty reasonable so I sent my friend an email saying that we would love to go.
While the hunt requires formal attire, most of my dressage wardrobe will work. My black coat isn't quite right, but for this more friendly hunt, it will do. I have tan breeches and a tie with a plain stick pin, but I don't have the "correct" color of gloves; mine are either white or black. I think I'll go with black. My show helmet has a velveteen finish so it should be suitable as well. The foxhunters wear plain boots with no laces so I'll need to wear my dressage boots instead of my more comfy field boots. The one item I am missing is the yellow vest!
Definitely more to this story, so stay tuned!
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%: