From Endurance to Dressage
Random photo - but every bottle looks the same!
I would really like to whine. Really, I would. Unfortunately, it's not in my nature. I am a bit of a make lemonade with those lemons! kind of girl. While I might grumble for a bit, I am quick to find the silver lining. I think I am just feeling the let down of the wrap up of the 2011 show season. All year I've had a pending show which meant that there was always something to work toward. Right now, I am at the end of the show season and haven't made plans for the spring. I am feeling a bit aimless and need some focus. With that ...
Here's the whine list ...
I'm working a lot of hours right now, BUT ... I only work 184 days a year. The rest of the year is filled with weekends, holidays, and ten weeks of summer vacation. I can suck it up.
It's getting dark REALLY early (see above), BUT ... I get two and a half days off next week which means I can ride for five consecutive days in the daylight! And ... I get the last week of December off AND the first week of January off. That means even more daylight rides.
Our glorious, rock-free arena is getting a wee bit deep, BUT at least it's not muddy. It's also forcing me to do lots of changes of direction and ride odd, bendy shapes to avoid working the same lines over and over. Speedy seems to like the variety.
Okay ... I feel better. I know you're reading this on Saturday, but I am now enjoying a glass of wine, the right kind, and cooking a lovely artichoke gorgonzola pasta dish layered with beautiful cremini mushrooms. I have two healthy horses sitting in the barn. I have a VERY indulgent husband. What do I have to whine about? Cheers!
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%: