From Endurance to Dressage
Hope it Was A Great Day!
Sorry I missed your birthday, Dude! I knew it was in October, but I was hoping it was later in the month as I've been pretty this last few weeks.
Yep. I missed Sydney's birthday. It was October 4th. Sydney was born in 2002 which means he turned 11 years old this weekend. He was born in the southern hemisphere which means he was born in the spring, just not our spring.
I think equine (and canine) birthdays are special days. I tend to keep my horses (and dogs) for a long time so marking the passing of years is important to me. We had our last two dogs for 15 and 11 years. Some of you haven't even had your kids that long!
Celebrating Sydney's birthday a few days late didn't seem to offend him at all. I am certainly glad he didn't hold it against me. I think his gift will be a clinic wherein I learn to be a more balanced rider; I think he'll appreciate that.
Happy birthday, Sydney!
10/9/2013 11:21:30 am
I hope our current dog makes it to 15, too, Lauren! Both our last two dogs were Labs, and they are not known for that kind of longevity. We don't know if we just got really lucky, or if we just did everything right. I like to give my ponies a big hug, but other than that that's about all I do. I just like acquiring years with them. I had Montoya, my super mare, for 11 years before she passed at 20.
10/9/2013 11:24:11 am
It's amazing that we can keep our ponies and dogs longer than some marriages! Ghazal is quite lucky to have found a forever home. My barn neighbor has a horse in his early 30s, and she's had him since he was three. That's way longer than she's been married! Non-animal people don't get that a human-animal bond can be just as strong as a human to human bond. :0)
10/9/2013 10:58:35 am
what a darling cake, just want to know if it was for humans or horses?
10/9/2013 11:25:30 am
I thought so, too, Troy! It was just a random photo I found on the internet, but I think it was a girl's birthday cake. I wouldn't mind a cake like that for my own b-day. :0)
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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.
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