From Endurance to Dressage
I am actually a few days early; his birthday isn't until the 15th of April, tax day. Tomorrow I'll share why I have to wish him well today.
In any case, I have always found it quite funny that my biggest expense is in no way tax deductible. I can't claim him as a dependent, and he's not a business loss. He's just a big hole in my pocket that I love and adore.
I don't mind the expense, though. It's a form of therapy that actually works. It's also a gym membership and weight loss plan. And come to think of it, it's a social organization and support group. Owning horses meets a lot of my needs. It's just not a tax write off.
So, in honor of G Ima Starr's day, here are a few things about him that you might have missed.
I sometimes think about selling him. He's going to make some junior rider very, very happy someday. I am just not quite ready to part with him though. He's still super fun to ride, and that boy has more personality than any gray gelding has a right to. I think I'll keep him for at least one more birthday. I think he's finally getting to the age where he can be useful, sort of like a bottle of wine. He's getting better with some age.
Cheers, Speedy G!
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.
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