From Endurance to Dressage
Boy are they ever. Especially the gray ones; they're really pricey. Speedy's vet bills have really started to pile up, but I've been able to pay each one - until now. In March, we had a bill that ran $1059.40. There was also one for $367.00 as well as one for $458.33. And those weren't the only vet-related expenses that we incurred.
While it kills me to do it, I've had to break up that one big bill into several chunks. I've paid a little on it already, but I'll pay for the rest over the next two months. If we don't rack up too many additional bills that is. I know I'll have at least one more vet bill when Speedy goes back in to have the wires cut out.
Other than vet bills, I paid board, bought feed, and had three lessons. That was it. Once again, no tack, no breeches, and certainly no shows or clinics. One thing my expense report doesn't show is all of the random household bills that have also attacked my checking account: new tires, a fender bender (not my fault but the other driver fled the scene so I still had to pay my deductible), DMV fees, and a slew of other bills.
Out of curiosity, I ran a report showing all of the vet expenses (including supplements) incurred since this fall. So far, I've paid just over $2,750 with almost a thousand still left to pay (pus anything new). I suppose that isn't too bad. I would rather be spending it on lessons, clinics, or shows though. I think I need another job.
It's a good thing this horse likes me. It's probably even better that I like him! As always, Go, Team Speedy!
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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