From Endurance to Dressage
I am really good at saving money. Do you remember how much money I "saved" last June when we went to Italy? Sure, I spent bazillions on the trip, but my horses were practically free that month. I have an even better tip for saving money this month: buy a new house!
Not only will you save money on your equestrian budget, you can practically eliminate it all together once you start paying for repairs and then furnishing your new house. Refrigerator ... oven ... stove burner all not working? No lessons for you! Leaky roof ... busted garage door opener? No showing either. Replace your perfectly good electric dryer for a new gas model - no new tack or gizmos either.
In fact, since you're not even going out to the barn at all, why not only pay for the board bill and a farrier visit? Buying a house is guaranteed to cut your horse related expenses down to almost nothing!
All joking aside, I finally know what is the absolute least I can spend and still keep my ponies alive. Of course, I had already purchased their beet pulp and fly spray the month before. And since I missed a big chunk of visits in October, I pushed the shipping date for my next bucket of Platinum Performance until the first of November.
The $1500 that I "saved" from my normal expenses went toward a number of repairs (locksmith and a few others) and the purchase of a new love seat, bar stools, kitchen table, dining room table (seats 8!), and some large area rugs. Since we're not going to Africa next summer, we also used that money. So next summer, I won't have a "Go to Africa and Save Money" post for you ... sorry.
I already bought a new car this past December. I wonder what else I can buy to keep on "saving money?" Oh, I know! How about a new truck?
Just kidding, Universe ... just kidding!
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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