From Endurance to Dressage
Okay ... the truth is I got home late Tuesday night but hadn't felt up to blogging until today. I've just cracked my knuckles, stretched my neck, and did a few shoulder rolls; I am ready to go!
I've got tons to share, but I'll ease into it today. I need to catch you up on a few things that have been hanging around, unfinished. First: do you remember the local show I did in May on Speedy G? Since the show was hosted by a local chapter of the Arabian Horse Association, Golden Empire Arabian Horse Society, there was an Arabian High Point award, which I won. I finally went and picked up my award yesterday. I just wanted to thank GEAHS for their very generous gift!
And since we're talking about past awards, I am finally getting around to showing you my California Dressage Society plaque with my first plate affixed. It will probably take the rest of my life to fill it up!
I also just mailed off my application and fee to ride in the Christian Schacht Clinic next Saturday. His schedule was a bit wonky so I only get one ride with him instead of two like I did in January. To make the overnight a little more cost effective, I am hoping for a Friday afternoon lesson with a trainer that I like in Somis. I ride with Christian on Saturday morning.
When my ride in the clinic is over, I'll be zipping back home (2 ½ hours) to prepare Sydney for a Sunday morning show up in Tehachapi. It's going to be a busy weekend!
I also mailed in my entry for the June 30th schooling show at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. My plan for the summer is to get Sydney out and about as much as I possibly can. Two shows back-to-back might start giving him the mileage he needs.
Whew ... I think that's everything. I really missed all of you and am very glad to be back. I've been catching up on your blogs and can't wait to hear more.
A little bit about our trip tomorrow ...
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 Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
Stuff I Read