From Endurance to Dressage
I actually have a wi-fi connection so I thought I'd do a quick update. We made it to Santa Barbara safely - whew! After getting Speedy G situated, I found my parking spot, ate my mac-n-cheese and then walked back down to check on him.
Speedy G has a HORRIBLE neighbor, a stallion, behind him. Every time Speedy moves, the neighbor horse rears and tries to reach over the top of the partition. He also kicks the wall violently and basically scares the living crap out of my poor boy.
Speedy saw me coming down the barn aisle and just about burst out of his skin. I took him down to the lovely warm up and just let him trot and canter around me. Then we played tons of chase games, all still on the line, to burn off at least a part of his nervous energy. I put him back in his stall, which earned another uproar from nervous neighbor, and hung out for the better part of an hour.
Speedy did calm down, but I don't think he got much sleep. Here are a couple of quick photos.
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%: