From Endurance to Dressage
I Got a New Card!
Not my actual card, but feel free to use the numbers!
But it's not what you think. In all honesty, Hubby and I have worked hard to be nearly debt free. My vehicles are paid for, and I don't finance anything ... anymore. We learned the lesson about credit card debt many years ago. With that said, I did get a new credit card. Stick with me here. There really is a good reason. Not one that my dad would approve of, but you all will understand my reasoning.
My New Year's vow for 2012 is to keep a detailed record of every penny I spend on my horses. Not that it will be shocking, or encourage me to change my ways. I already have a very solid idea of what I spend. In some parts of the world, I could no doubt feed an entire village for a decade for what I spend. If we all gave up horses, we could probably end world hunger. I just want to know exactly what my ponies are costing me. So a credit card devoted to equine expenditures only, seemed like a good idea. But this is really rationale number two.
The real reason I chose to get a new card is that it is a Dover rewards card. Yes, that Dover. Dover Saddlery for those who are unsure of what I mean (Mom, that's probably you.). I love Dover, but their shipping is outrageous. But ... if you hold a Dover card and use it to place your order, you get $4.95 flat rate shipping. Seriously? I can't even drive across town and back for that price. Not only does using the card earn you cheap shipping, but you also earn points for every purchase. And if that purchase is from Dover, you earn ten times as many points. When you accumulate enough points, you get a gift card to use at Dover.
Tracking my spending, cheap shipping, and earned gifts cards are most of the rationale for getting a new card. The deal sealer was the cute card that they offered. It has a dressage rider on the front. See, I told you my dad wouldn't approve. As a side note, as cute as this card is, it's not as cute as my ATM card. Speedy G's picture is on that one!
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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%: