From Endurance to Dressage
But before we do any choosing, I should share that I am on my way to the California Dressage Society's Adult Amateur Clinic in Southern California. CDS hosts three AA clinics each summer: one in the north, one in central California, and a third clinic in the southern region.
Each CDS chapter sends one rider to the clinic that is usually the closest. In my case, my CDS chapter is located in a mountain community which means winter is a little longer for them, so they choose to send their rider to the latest clinic, which is in the southern region.
Riders are selected by a random drawing. In order to be eligible, each rider must meet a list of criteria, which is not too difficult to do; I made it! Anyway, Speedy and I will be gone through the weekend, so you won't hear from me until Monday. Until then, would you have a look at the helmet that I've decided to order and help me choose a color?
This is the Ovation Glitz Helmet. I currently ride in the Ovation Sync with Carbon Fiber, which I LOVE, and I show in the Ovation show helmet - I don't think it has a fancy name. Even though I love the Sync with Carbon Fiber, I figured I should try one of their other styles. This helmet has a little more bling than I am accustomed to, but I am beginning to like living a little closer to the edge!
VTO Saddlery has the helmet on sale if you use the coupon code tenoff by June 30. The helmet's list price, before the discount, is $89.95, which is not too bad for a somewhat stylish helmet. Their shipping rate for the el cheapo option is a flat rate of $4.99, well worth it to me.
Before you vote, think about how conservative I am, but know that I really like all four of them! This helmet is for schooling only, but I see this as a chance to live outside of my little black and white box.
If you have time, I would love to hear by comment (or email or phone call or face to face) why you chose that color for me. Vote soon as I am ordering on Monday!
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%