From Endurance to Dressage
'K' and his mom - endurance riders
Nope, I didn't go from endurance to dressage to jumping as K's mom worried. She thought the "jump" from endurance to dressage was alarming enough! Imagine her horror when she first read, on Sunday blah blah hunter/jumper blah blah. I found her panic quite hilarious especially in light of the fact she will soon be taking dressage lessons. Hah! She quipped that she wasn't going to wear the tall boots though. I just smiled ...
PDM Training Stables
Back to the hunter/jumper show ... I simply went to the show to serve as all-around gopher for two pals. You know ... wiping boots, carrying buckets, feeding carrots to fussy horses, using the video camera, snapping photos, and giving lots of great jobs!
Attending a show as a non-rider can be more fun than being the rider. There's no stress ... no worrying. You're not going to get bucked off (Zuko's mom's worry). You don't have to memorize a test or a course. You don't have to keep your clothes clean. You don't have to load and unload the trailer. And being a gopher is a lot cheaper than being the rider!
PDM Stables is located in the south-east part of town. You can read more about them here.
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: