From Endurance to Dressage
I haven't seen a video of my riding in quite some time. I still have a mental picture of this:
My leg has always been fairly good, but boy oh boy, did I struggle with my upper body, arms, and hands. I was over bent at my pelvis; my wrists were always "broken," and I had no bend in my elbows. I did have a great deal of enthusiasm and a tremendous desire to learn though, so I am not going to beat up on this lovely woman. For someone with zero professional help through three decades of riding, she has managed to come far in three years.
I was lucky to have someone around recently who shot a minute of me riding Sydney. It's not a great video, but it is enough to let me see how much improved I am over the last few years. My upper body is really nice, and I can now see my elbows bending and moving with an elastic connection. My wrists are no longer bent, and my thumbs are on top.
If you watch until 0:51, you'll see a lovely downward transition that shows us both being very balanced in our work.
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%: