From Endurance to Dressage
We don't usually do anything special for Easter Sunday. I'm riding of course, and my husband will probably get the dogs out for a quick run in the hills. After that, we'll probably make our way over to the home of some friends for an afternoon of food and wine.
I spent some time yesterday pondering the meaning of the day. While Peeps and chocolate bunnies are hard to beat, I realized that the day should be more than that. Of all of the days of the year, this one in particular is the most likely to inspire us to become our very best selves.
Even though it undoubtedly comes at a price, I am rooting for eternal life. Being a crappy person is probably not enough to get you there. So today, I'm taking at least a few moments to look for ways to demonstrate more patience and be a little bit softer with my words and actions. I don't expect to achieve perfection, but it can't hurt to try.
Whether you're spending the day at a sunrise service or hunting for the prize-winning Easter egg, I hope you have a very Happy Easter.
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
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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