From Endurance to Dressage
This gives you an idea of the scale ...
These are probably "old school" for the majority of you, but they are new to me! Whinny Widgets Pocket Test Books - what a great ideaI Since I am still a beginner, I ordered the introductory level and training level books. I will admit that I was a little surprised at their size ... they're really small, but that's what makes them perfect for tucking in a pocket.
I can't even begin to list the many reasons why these are such a handy tool. I've had them bedside for the last few evenings so that I can study before I fall asleep. Since they're laminated, I'll be able to use a Clorox wipe on them once they've made their first trip to the barn.
The thing I like most about them is that all three tests for each level are together in one handy place. With all three tests from the same level right next to one another, it's easy to flip through them to see how the level of difficulty increases from one test to the next.
I bought my copies from VTO Saddlery for $28.99 which included $4.99 for shipping.
These are some pictures of the inside of the Introductory and Training Level test booklets. Click picture for a larger view.
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.
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 …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
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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