From Endurance to Dressage
There was no snow involved here, so of course there wasn't a snowman, but we did have a frost. Finally! For those of you who live where there is winter, you're probably wishing for a warm sunny day. Maybe we can work out a trade.
Up until Tuesday, we've been stuck in fall here in Central California. And by fall I mean "cool summer." We've now seen three rainy days, and you can believe we celebrated them all. The first was in mid-October, the second in early December, and the third was two days ago. That storm brought a fair amount of snow to our mountains. From my house, I can see that the snow level almost hit the valley floor.
Over the weekend, as a precursor to this recent storm which our meteorologist called an atmospheric river, it was cold; we had lows in the 30s, and at the ranch, it might have even been in the high 20s. That's cold enough to kill off a lot of fly eggs and larvae. Then Tuesday's storm hit, bringing nearly an inch of rain here in Bakersfield (don't laugh, it was a lot for here) and a hefty amount of snow and frigid air.
And to the flies I say, Take that, you little boogers.
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%: