From Endurance to Dressage
This weekend's show recap is coming. I need a few minutes to write it up. In the meantime ...
In the rush to close out the school year, I completely forgot to share my expenses for the month of May. Winter is normally when I do most of my saving for vacations and showing, but Speedy's "winter of woe" used up all of my summer play money. Things are going to be tight this summer.
Every time I start to feel that I might have a month free of unexpected "adult" bills, something else crops up. In May, my car had yet another run in with an object that meant a $500 bill. That money was supposed to cover half of what I still owe on Speedy's winter vet bills.
I was discussing my financial woes with my husband. I told him the easiest and quickest way I could get caught up would be to give up lessons and showing for a few months. Even he wrinkled up his nose at that. Sure, it would save me money, but the main reason I work is to be able to have horses. He suggested I just chip away at the bill slowly.
I quickly agreed and then sent in yet another show entry. It's only money, right?
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
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2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: