From Endurance to Dressage
I've spent the last five days curled up in the fetal position, and while we all know that the fetal position is a terrible one for equitation, it is is even less effective when done in bed. Unfortunately, I wasn't working on my riding position. I had the stomach flu.
Even though I've yet to see them for myself, I know my boys are alive - my barn owner owner texted me that all is well. I never, ever go more than a day or two without running out to the barn. The only exception is when we're on vacation. This forced hiatus has been a been a big, fat bummer. It's been even more frustrating since I was forced to miss a lesson on Saturday.
Hopefully I'll have enough energy left after work today to give Izzy some turnout and take Speedy for a walk. I suspect I'm going to be greeted by two tornados merely posing as horses.
Now where did I leave those ruby slippers?
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%: