From Endurance to Dressage
I don't know why people read my blog. I am not terribly witty, I'm rarely funny, and while I'm pretty confident in the stuff that I think I know, it's not like there's much in that bottle to pass around which means you're not here for any pearls of wisdom.
So while I don't know most of you, I appreciate that you're out there. I enjoy your company. You're good listeners, and when I give you a chance, you have charming stories to share with me. That's the feedback I enjoy most - your own experiences with your own horses.
Most of the time, I write like no one's reading. I usually just write about what my last ride was like or about some great deal that I've found or stuff that I am thinking about. Fortunately, I am a constant thinker which means I always have stuff to share. It might not be interesting to the world at large, but if I don't get it on paper, I start to feel overwhelmed. Writing helps me unload some of the tension and worry.
This blog also gives me a way to be more public. In real life, I am actually a very private person. I share only superficial things with most people. I am not super popular at work. I always say it's because I am not into name dropping, the latest movies, or what brands I am wearing (which are probably from SmartPak or the Riding Warehouse anyway).
That's probably not the real reason that I am not part of the "in group" though. It's most likely because I don't offer my colleagues much about myself. Would you believe that most people at work don't know I own horses and of the few who do, only one or two know that I even show? So yeah. I am pretty private in real life.
If you've ever actually met me, I probably came across as friendly and down to earth. I would say that you met the real me, but it probably didn't get much farther than smiles and friendly banter. I am extremely picky about who I chose to invest my time in. I'm slow to make long lasting friendships, but when I do, they're forever. I am intensely loyal.
The truth is, most of you know me better than people I see every day. With you all, I have a group of friends who share my interests and likes. Connecting with people with such a deep seated passion makes honesty and sincerity easy.
While we will probably never meet in person, I hope that you'll continue to share your life with me. Where else can I find such a large group of people who like what I like as much as I do and never get tired of talking about it?
Have a great day!
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%: