From Endurance to Dressage
Hey - There's Video!
A long video. Seriously, it's 9 minutes and some change long, but it's probably worth watching (once). I made it through one viewing, and I HATE to watch my own videos! If you watch it on YouTube, you'll have a bigger view.
The original length was 21 minutes and that included powering on the camera to powering it off. I only cut out the repeated 20-meter circles and changes of direction. I realize this only cut out some of the boring parts, but I wanted you to know that I didn't splice together the "best" moments. This was our ride, honestly presented. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a beer.
Here's my take on what I see:
We have a long road in front of us, and I know that, but I am feeling a lot better about things today. Even I can see that we're making progress. Yeah, it's slow, and we all know that I'd like it to be a lot faster, but at least we're not just spinning our wheels, mired in the mud. It may be that Sydney will never be a show horse. That's okay. I like riding him at home, and he's helping me learn to be a better rider.
And despite what I usually write, he looks like a nice horse to ride, doesn't he?!
10/27/2013 01:13:40 am
Great video! It really helped me get a visual of the exercises you posted about. I have been working on the up up down and am getting so much better at it. Varro seems to be enjoying to too. Thanks for the inspiration!
10/27/2013 01:47:11 am
Thanks, Sandra. It is SO hard to post video. If I cringe to watch it, I know the rest of the world is going to pick us apart. Although, in my defense, I never claim to be more than I am, a lower level riding struggling with everything. Pick away, I say. :0)
10/27/2013 11:14:41 am
That's really kind of you to say, Mary. :0)
10/30/2013 10:54:26 am
Thanks, Sarah ... we're getting there, or at least on the road to there!
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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
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