From Endurance to Dressage
Speedy's birthday is actually tomorrow, but for once, I haven't forgotten it. Speedy will be 19 years old tomorrow which feels so old, but I know that compared to many of the horses you own or have owned, 19 is still a youngster. Out at the ranch, there is at least one guy in his 30s.
I've known and loved the face below for 16 years. Not many of us get to have an animal in our life that long, so I know I am lucky. Many marriages don't even last as long as I've loved Speedy. When we were at the vet a few weeks ago, Dr. Tolley casually stated that Speedy could easily live another 10 or 15 years. I certainly hope so, but I don't expect it.
Deep down I know that each year could be his last. Horses are so fragile, and it doesn't take much to tip the scale the wrong way. Knowing that there are no guarantees, I never take Speedy for granted. I make sure that every day he knows how much I love him and how lucky I have been to be a part of his life.
Wishing you a very happy birthday, Speedy!
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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