From Endurance to Dressage
I am supposed to go to a show today,
but I won't know for sure until I get to the barn this morning. If Speedy's leg is mostly tight, we'll go, if not, we stay here which isn't such a bad thing as it's pretty hot. This particular show is a late afternoon/evening affair. The last ride time is around 8:30 p.m. The show manager says it should be cooler in the late afternoon. I hope so as my first ride is at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30.
It's a nearly two hour drive to Hansen Dam Equestrian Center so I probably won't make it back until 9:00 p.m. at the earliest ... if I get to go at all. If there is no follow up to this post later this morning, you'll know we left for the show.
Here's to a healthy pony and a successful first attempt at Training Level Test 3. Cheers!
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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
(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%: