From Endurance to Dressage
There is nothing like a barn full of hay. It smells good, it looks good, and it gives you a feeling of complete satisfaction. Knowing you don't have to worry about getting more for a while is a very good feeling.
I don't have to buy hay anymore, but I still love to see a barn full of the sweet smelling stuff. My ranch owner's hay barn was getting pretty empty, but she assured me that a delivery was on the way.
While I was busy moving, the hay truck finally arrived. I was bummed to have missed it because it is quite interesting to watch the squeeze at work. The ranch owner feeds alfalfa because it's cost effective and plentiful here on the west coast. To my joy, she also feeds a beautiful grass hay that she brings in from Oregon. That's what just got delivered.
While Reggie and his son tarped the ends of the hay stack, Speedy and I hung out on the lawn watching them work. Stacking and covering hay is not nearly as much fun as admiring the finished product.
I was pretty pleased at how relaxed Speedy was about the noise of the tarp as it shook and flapped. Speedy gave the guys a long look, but then he went back to grazing.
Now that the hay is delivered and covered, winter is welcome to arrive. It was so warm on Saturday that both boys got a bath, and no one shivered. We like our sun here in California, but we would all welcome some rain.
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%: