From Endurance to Dressage
Merry Christmas! It's still the season after all. The day after Christmas, I always feel hungover - too much food, sweets in particular, too much champagne, too many Christmas movies, and too many boxes and paper to be rid of. It's a good hangover though. It's the kind that leaves you satisfied and full.
My Christmas wish list was very small. I only asked for a couple of things, and my husband was happy to find them for me. The one worth mentioning here was a charm bracelet - an empty charm bracelet. I have two other bracelets with "charms," but they came with the bracelets, and new charms can't be added. My step mom had one when I was a kid, and I always loved fingering each charm asking her where it came from. I've always wanted a real charm bracelet of my own.
Last month I shared a photo of a little pony pill box that a student gave me as an early Christmas gift. Along with the pony were three little charms. As soon as I saw them, I knew I was finally going to create a real charm bracelet for myself. So, that's the Christmas gift I asked for, a bracelet with large links.
In preparation for the bracelet, I ordered a bag of mini jewelry ring connectors. There are 500 in the bag, so I have plenty for however many charms I acquire in the future. I set aside the three little charms form my students and waited for Christmas.
Despite having asked for the charm bracelet, I actually forgot about it. I knew that if Santa didn't deliver, I could always order the bracelet later, so I was quite delighted to see it lying on its bed of satin when I opened it yesterday morning. Once the rest of the gifts were all opened, I promptly set to work attaching the charms. I squeezed the connector rings as tightly as possible, but I am still worried the connectors will come open. Before I wear it, I am going to give each ring a tighter squeeze.
I am so happy with this little charm bracelet and can't wait to begin adding more memories to it.
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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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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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