From Endurance to Dressage
This month has been so busy (school starting back up, making a major life change, two shows), that until I actually created August's financial report, I had no idea what my monthly spending looked like. As it turns out, between showing at least a small amount of restraint and my husband's generosity, my bills were fairly manageable for August.
For around $1,200, I was able to take a lesson from Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer of Symphony Dressage Stables, and take Izzy to two shows. Three out of town trips created a bit of a fuel bill, but with the current price of gas, even my gas guzzler couldn't get that bill too high.
My board bill is now a little higher, and since I moved in a week early, I did have to pay for an extra week. It was worth it though as Izzy really needed the bigger space. And now that both boys are on Platinum Performance, I am not spending nearly so much on supplemental feed. Of course, beginning in September I'll be paying $113 a month for that.
I was saved a lot of money this month by my super generous husband. First, he paid for my trailer's running board to be repaired. While not a huge expense, it was more than the entries to both shows.
He also paid to have my truck's air conditioner recharged. For years it has slowly been on the decline, but I just thought its poor performance was due to age. I could kick myself for waiting this long to get it checked out. The last straw was when Best Friend and I were coming home from a show that was almost three hours from home while it was ... wait for it ... 108 ℉. It was an insane drive. Again, that bill was less than $300, but it's more than half my board bill.
September's bill will probably run a bit higher again as I am planning on Taking Izzy to a clinic and that Platinum needs to be paid for. All in all, 2016 is looking like it might actually be cheaper than 2014, when I first started tracking my expenses. I am just as busy, but the economy seems kinder, at least for this dressage rider.
How about you? Do things seem financially easier in 2016, or is it always a struggle?
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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