From Endurance to Dressage
It's okay to have hopes and dreams, but for me, I've found that it's better if I don't say them out loud. The Universe is easily offended and quick to remind me that I am not in charge. Making a list of what I "want" is a quick way to ensure that things will quickly go to hell in a hand basket.
This is the time of year that I always start planning next year's show schedule, next year's goals, next year's budget. Invariably though, October is the month where crap starts falling apart. It's usually Speedy who suffers some malady or other, and if not him, then me. And of course, the big brown horse isn't invincible either.
So do I plan and budget and enjoy our progress, or do I sit back patiently and let things unfold how they will? Too much sitting back though doesn't get things done. On the other hand, when I've tempted Fate, I find that I am sidelined which also means not get anything done.
As hard as it is to rein in my exuberance, I am keeping a lid on things for now. Yes, I've got big plans, but something is telling me to be patient this fall and let things sort themselves out.
It's hard to be patient though when you want something, even if all you want is a few good scores. Slow down, Sweaney. All in good time.
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%: