From Endurance to Dressage
Horses Are Expensive: July
Things are NOT getting any less expensive. As expected, the truck needed new tires which bumped my July bills over the two grand mark. Funny to say, but my goal each month is to spend less than two thousand dollars. Something always comes up though: one of the horses gets sick, trailer needs repairs, big show somewhere far away, or tack needs fixing/replacing. Sheesh ...
I already know that August is going to be an expensive month as well. I have a schooling show the first weekend, a clinic the second weekend, and Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) the final weekend. I got to "skip" the farrier bill in July, but that bill be due again in August. It's not that shoes were free, but Jaime came at the end of June and will return the beginning of August which meant he didn't come in July. It's a good thing as that bit of savings helped fund my new tires.
I will save something on my August board, yippee, as I was on barn duty for several weeks in July. That savings is what's funding a part of the RAAC show; the show premium and stabling for RAAC came out to $413. No small potatoes.
I don't mean to sound as though I am whining. I could save myself a boat load of money if I stopped showing, but it's the showing that I like the most. From October through February I probably won't show so my expenses should go back down.
Maybe I need to start investing in an apple a day ...
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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.
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