From Endurance to Dressage
Well that felt like a waste of money.
Most months, I am a little surprised at how much I spend, but it always feels worth it. Not this month. Sheesh. I spent 1,200 bucks and didn't do a single interesting thing. I take that back. The clinic with Chemaine was worthwhile, necessary even, but the rest of my costs, meh.
I didn't do a single rated show in 2016 so it was a bit irksome to renew my memberships for 2017. I hope that's not another $150 bucks down the drain. And of course we all know how the double ended up. Who knows how long those bits will bounce around unused in my bit box.
When I look at the amount spent and try to reconcile it with perceived value, it doesn't balance out. $1,200 is a boatload of money - a mortgage payment for a lot of people. Let's hope January finds me thinking I got a deal. Sort of like this ...
1/5/2017 06:17:08 am
That is true!
1/2/2017 08:41:09 am
Wow, I finally found something that I pay more for than you - board! *lol* I pay 300E per month. The euro is so weak right now I won't even bother to convert. Do you calculate gas to the barn? I drive 35 minutes each way, and I'm getting mighty tired of that drive. Today, in snow! I drive out there 6 days per week because otherwise that 300E is a complete waste.
1/5/2017 06:22:14 am
My board is cheaper than a lot of other places. For all of the years that I've lived in Bakersfield, I've tried to board at someone's house. This is third time I've done so which makes about 10 years. And when I did board at a public barn, I chose VERY no frills arrangements. One place I boarded at required owners to buy their own hay. I loved that.
1/5/2017 06:36:32 am
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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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