From Endurance to Dressage
Thank goodness February was a short month. I wouldn't have been able to afford three more days. February was less expensive than January, but I am not sure how. I took Speedy to the vet at least five times. Granted, the bill from two weeks ago will be paid in March, but it still felt like an un-necessarily expensive month.
When I look back over what I spent, I do notice a few things that are missing. I didn't buy any new riding clothes, tack, or barn supplies. That kind of stuff really adds up over the course of a month. Knowing I have a whopper of a vert bill still left to pay, I've put the kibosh on any discretionary spending. Breeches and Mane and Tail are not necessary for survival.
The weather also helped me spend less. You'll notice I was only able to manage two lessons. It's so disappointing to have to cancel our weekend lessons, but at the same time, it's a bit of a relief because that money immediately gets shifted into my Veterinary Costs budget.
The thing with money is that it finds a way to get spent. If I didn't give it to the vet, I'd be giving it to my trainer or a show manager. April starts my show season in earnest. We have that great clinic with Lilo Fore coming up in April, and then it's on to which ever show comes first.
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%: