From Endurance to Dressage
I know I wrote about the great clinics at Horse Expo, but our favorite part is always the shopping. For as many horses as there are in this area, our tack shop options are severely limited. Our feed stores stock fly sprays, medications, and feed items, but English tack has to be ordered online. So when we go to these kind of things, Taz's Mom and I always bring a wad of cash. Here's what I bought.
And yes, it's been carefully added to my monthly expenditures.
The fly masks, fly sprays, fork, and brush were all things that needed replacing for this spring. Most of the items I could have bought here in town, but they would have been a lot more expensive. The prices at Horse Expo were just too good to pass up. The two items that I couldn't buy here are the black snaffle bridle and the Freedom Feeder.
The Freedom Feeder was something that I didn't know I needed, but once I saw it, I knew it was the solution I'd been looking for (more about that later in the week). The black bridle was super cheap - $40. It's not the best quality ever, but what I liked about it was that it was a COB with a THIN caveson and a THIN browband. I always chuck the flash. It fits Speedy pretty well, although we are on the second to the highest hole. The browband has some delicate bling that makes it look just slightly fancy.
I've posted many, many times about hard it is to find dressage tack that fits my smaller-than-average dressage horse. While I like really nice quality, it's not worth it if Speedy G looks like he's wearing his daddy's shoes. With a good saddle soap and lots of conditioning, a lesser quality bridle that fits well can do the trick.
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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