From Endurance to Dressage
August felt far more expensive than the numbers would suggest. Getting a full refund from my RAAC entry helped. (If you'll remember, Speedy developed an abscess days before the show, and we didn't get to go.) Plus, I saved a ton of money by not going to RAAC at all. No gas, no groceries, no incidentals. It's funny how not showing is such a great way to save money.
I also missed out on some lessons. With Speedy's abscess and school starting, I just couldn't seem to get my schedule to match up with my trainer's. We only managed one lesson for the entire month.
I had to spend the money somewhere though, so I bought two pairs of Thinline reins and a few other things. An old endurance friend has generously been selling off some of my endurance tack which I have turned around and "reinvested." I was able to (mostly) pay for the hoof testers and knife as well as a new tub of Numotizine, all of which I hope I never need to use.
Blue Truck put a dent in my budget as well. I had a ton of work done last December which I paid for when I received the bill. At the time, it seemed as though the bill was a bit light, so for several months I messaged the owner asking for the rest of the bill. When I got no response, I assumed I was wrong in how much I owed. Turns out I wasn't. I finally got the bill in August. Womp, womp.
Between the entry fee and a tank of gas, it cost me $158 to show Izzy. Of all of my expenses for the month, that was one one which I was most happy to spend. In fact, I am disappointed that we're on the back side of the show season. I think it would be great to get him to another show as soon as possible. There are a few things coming up this fall, but there are also a lot of conflicts. Of course, the perfect show weekend for Izzy falls on the same weekend as a different show that Speedy and I had already planned on doing.
First world problems. In this case, they're problems I am glad to have.
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%: