From Endurance to Dressage
It's Monday; I think we could all start the week off with a warm fuzzy.
Yesterday, I galloped Sydney. No, not the kind of gallop where you lengthen for a few strides and then bring it back. I mean balls to the wall, freakin' GALLOPING, and it was insanely awesome!!!!!!
This doesn't take a lot of explanation. Captain Awesome was feeling super relaxed and listening to my aids, but he also needed to wake up a little bit. I pushed my hands forward, lightened my seat and said, GO! We made several laps around the arena slowing only slightly for the corners. As his hind legs coiled underneath him, I was astonished by the height we achieved as his front legs came up and forward. It was completely fantastic!
I've galloped many horses in my lifetime, but I've never really galloped a thoroughbred before. And even as Sydney showed me a few new gears, I could tell he had a lot more in there.
Someday, when we have more room, I want to really see what he can do!
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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