From Endurance to Dressage
Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, stopped by last week for a lesson. I am itching to start (correctly) schooling the half pass and flying lead changes at Third Level but haven't wanted to confuse Speedy before the season's last show (that write-up is coming soon, I promise).
I wanted to work on things that are needed at Third Level that would also help my scores at Second. I asked to work on a "loftier" trot. Chemaine was all over that plan and put me to work right away. Now that Speedy knows how to sit better without ducking behind the bit, Chemaine felt he was ready for a bigger compression. By revving him up and asking his hind end to be better engaged, he'll lift his back and connect his hind end to his front end.
The first time I got it right, I got this.
Now I've got all fall and winter to develop this new, more powerful trot. And funnily enough, it's an easier trot to sit than the less dynamic, downhill trot. Go figure!
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%: