From Endurance to Dressage
I could bore you with my litany of First World Problems, but I won't. Suffice it to say that each of my three areas of happiness are running on low. My three "Must Be Rights" are my home life, work life, and horse life. If one of them is off, I am okay, if two are off, I am a hot mess. While not outright off, each of them is running a bit wonky.
My husband has been sick for a few days and it looks as though he has passed his bug off to me. I am resisting for now with hot tea and a throat lozenge, but my home life is not running very smoothly right now.
While I have a pretty good job, there are many, many things to complain about. The biggest being how much teachers spend on their classrooms and how many extra hours we work. Check and check. I am feeling pretty resentful lately, not to mention poorer and tired.
So what's wrong with my equine life? Well, maybe nothing, and maybe a whole lot. Over the weekend, Speedy came up sore again. It's been close a to a year since that particular malady has reared his head. He's been whirling and pacing in the afternoons as he waits for me. He finally whacked his hooves enough times that he's bruised. In the past, it's taken about ten days for the pain to subside. I am hoping he's sound by this weekend.
And the big brown horse? He just had a great chiropractic adjustment. I showed up last night for a quick check and noticed his left hind was twice it's normal size. No wound, no scratch, no puncture ... just a fat leg. Palm to face.
The one bright spot in my week is that Juke got to come home last night. Driving home from the body shop, I reveled in the luxury of heated seats, satellite radio, and my back up camera. Blue Truck has tons of power and cruise control, but that's it. My remote to lock the doors doesn't work on the driver's side, it's bouncy as hell to ride in, and it's a pain in the but to get into even with running boards.
I hope that just having my car back will lead to harmony and peace in the rest of my jacked up life. Have a great day!
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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