From Endurance to Dressage
Hard Work, or Just Lucky?
In the ribbons!
Still feeling euphoric, who wouldn’t be after a score of 73.5%? Really, I am still in shock! And you are talking to the MOST self-critical person ever! Don’t even think for a minute that I’ll get a big head over this. I am still pretty sure they made a gigantic error on the adding machine tape which is stapled to the tests. I would re-add the scores, but I am pretty sure I’ll find "the" error. Maybe they forgot to divide by two...
How can I go from earning 58% – 63% last year, to earning a walloping 73% this year? Was this judge just “easy?” I want to say no since she only gave three scores over 70%, two of them were to me. She even doled out a 49% - ouch! Were we really that good?
Here’s what we did to earn those nice scores:
Earning good scores once doesn’t make me an expert, or even good, at anything. I recognize that I will no doubt continue to work hard and still earn a 57%, or that ever-lurking 36%. But I don't think that we did well because I was lucky. I worked really hard and it showed, this time.
Said by the queen of self-deprecation!
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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%: