From Endurance to Dressage
The June issue of the USDF Connection has an incredibly timely article entitled, "Get to Second Base: Are You on First?' The article, part of a six-part series, is written by Beth Baumert, a USDF-certified instructor/trainer.
The article starts off by reviewing the prerequisites for Second Level. While I hope to get to Second Level in the nearish future, I know I am not there yet. I am riding Training Level though and even schooling some First Level stuff. This article is perfect for the Training Level rider who wants to move up.
In order to move on to Second Level, Baumert presents a series of questions, "Within the requirements of Training Level, how do you stack up?"
For each of the three questions, Baumert gives very clear descriptions of what is meant by the question.
The article continues with a a review of First Level wherein Baumert asks, "Within the requirements of First Level, how do you stack up?"
And again, each question is followed with a very easy to read description of what she means.
For the lower level rider, this is an excellent article. It's got a great nuts and bolts quality that makes it easy to understand and work on. As I read it, I was delighted to find that JL is working with me on every single one of the areas mentioned in the article. I never doubt her training strategies, but it is gratifying to know that a good foundation is not exclusive to dressage trainers. Excellent trainers can be found in any discipline!
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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