From Endurance to Dressage
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!
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%: