From Endurance to Dressage
I made a big claim yesterday so it seems only fair to back it up. Here's the Training Level Test 1 score sheet.
Now, I know that I am the first one to poo-poo high scores earned at schooling shows. I still recognize that the scoring at a schooling show is not of the same caliber as that seen at a USDF show. Even so, this test was way, way better than the one just a half hour before. And given that the judge was so free with the 4s in the Intro test (obviously earned), I feel that the 7s were equally fair for the Training Level Test.
As I made the transition to working trot between B & F and then came down centerline for my halt and salute, I had a huge and confident smile plastered on my face. I knew it was a good test. It felt ... right. I have rarely had that feeling riding Speedy G. Sydney is just so athletic and correct in his movements that I had no doubt we were going to earn 6s and 7s. I can't wait to get more relaxation from him as I know our scores will continue to go up.
I wish we had another show in the next week or two, but we don't. It would really help to build on our recent success. Sydney does have two shows in August, a CDS-rated show and a schooling show, so hopefully we don't lose our momentum.
I am pretty proud of my boy!
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%: