From Endurance to Dressage
If you stop by with any regularity, you already know that Speedy and I are slogging through the hell that has been named Second Level. I am kidding about the hell part - mostly. For so long I've heard about the difficulty of the level and that many folks kind of end up stuck here for the rest of their riding careers. I couldn't figure out why. Now I know.
The jump from First Level to Second seems to be a pretty big one. Training and First Level felt more like the place where you get a horse broke. Second is where the "tricks" start to happen.
Over the past month, quite a few of you have commiserated with me. You've agreed that Second is tough, and in some cases, several have mentioned that Third is easier. Don't worry, I am not skipping Second. After skimming through the requirements of Third and Fourth and even beyond, I realized something: getting an awesome simple change is just the beginning.
After the simple change, I'll have to deal with flying changes, and then the twos and the threes and so on. And it doesn't end there. After we confirm our turn on the haunches, pirouettes will be waiting. Half pass is coming, so is passage and piaffe.
The point to all of this is that I realized that finishing Second doesn't get me anything other than more work. Somehow, that took a ton of pressure off my shoulders. Right now, I am definitely having second thoughts about Second Level. Maybe it's not so bad after all!
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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