From Endurance to Dressage
I am a dressage rider, but my alter ego, the one that foots the bill, is an elementary school teacher. We're celebrating Kindness Week at school which means that each day we dressed up as something to promote kindness. We wore neon or bright colors to "Shine for Kindness," super hero shirts to "Power up for Kindness," and western clothing to "Giddy-Up for Kindness."
In my world, "giddy-up" means breeches and tall boots. I dressed English instead. When given the opportunity to wear riding clothes to work instead of needing to do a Superman quick change in the tack room, you can bet I was all over it!
As a side note, I wore my new Ovation breeches for the entire day, and I mean the entire day! As in 5:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. - a full twelve hours. They were as comfortable as any pair of yoga or sweatpants. I've worn my breeches to work a couple of other times, and no one seemed to think much of it. I am thinking this might become a semi-regular attire choice.
TGIF my friends. Spend it wisely!
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%: