From Endurance to Dressage
We're heading up to the cabin for the weekend, so you won't hear from me again until Monday. A day away from my cell phone and the internet is probably just what I need to flush away the residue of stupidity that is still clinging to me.
While the week was busy and filled with moments of complete insanity (oh, I so wish confidentially was not a component of my employment), I still enjoyed productive afternoons on the pony front. I got several good rides in on both boys and am feeling very encouraged.
I am meeting a newish reader tomorrow which I hope turns out well. I scared off the last young hopeful; I never blogged about it, but I was pretty disappointed.
The last gal was a college student who left a flyer with my barn owner asking if anyone needed help riding, grooming, or cleaning stalls. You know the type, hungry for horsey time and willing to do anything. Yeah, right.
I gave her a call hoping she might be qualified enough to ride one of my boys out on the trail with me. We met for a little get acquainted time where I (apparently) completely freaked her out with my very long list of how it must be dones. To say I am picky about how my boys are to be treated is an understatement of the largest degree possible.
I have rules for how they are to be haltered, which brushes are to be used when, how their hooves are to be handled, how they are to be girthed, how the bridle is slipped on, how they are to be ridden, how they are to be led, how they are to be untacked, and on and on. EVERYTHING has a rule.
They are my babies and their comfort and happiness is what I live for. College gal never came back. I guess she wasn't that hungry.
So, Sunday's meeting will probably be a bust, but I am ever hopeful that I will meet a kindred soul who recognizes that my particular equine family needs and deserves the very detailed attention that I lavish upon them. I'll let you know how it goes!
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
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%