From Endurance to Dressage
I suppose I should be a bit more specific as there are 7 billion people on the planet and likely as many horses and dogs. Specifically, happy birthday to Speedy G. His actual birthday is April 15th, tax day, but since there was that whole weird holiday on the 15th thing, tax day was actually on the 18th which is sort of why I forgot to mention it until today.
Speedy G, registered name G Ima Starr FA, is now 12 years old. It's not a special birthday or a momentous one, but it got me thinking about Izzy's birthday which is next month. Poor Speedy G; he just can't catch a break. Izzy. Izzy. Izzy.
Speedy's been with me since he was a 3 year old. By the time he turned 4, I swore that I would never buy another 3 year old ... or a 4 year old ... or even a 5 year old. In fact, I wrote for sale ads until the dude was 8. It was about that time that he finally started to become a somewhat decent equine citizen.
When I first started this blog in 2011, Speedy was nearly 7 so you only got a glimpse of some of the weird ass crap that he pulled. Over the past five years of adulthood, Speedy has just gotten more and more dependable. He's still a stinker now and then, but over all, the dude's a saint. It just seemed like 8 was the magic number.
Izzy's birthday is in May. Guess how old he is going to be. Why yes, he is going to be eight years old. For the past few weeks, the people who see Izzy daily, my barn own and Laurel, have commented on how mature he is suddenly looking and acting. All I can say is please let it be so.
Arabs mature slowly. It seemed like it took Speedy forever to become an adult. I've heard that warmbloods also mature slowly. If someone can confirm that 8 is their magic number number as well, I will be very happy.
I am counting the days until May 14th ... come on maturity!
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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