From Endurance to Dressage
I haven't been writing about riding because not much has happened lately other than a lot of unexpected chaos. The one thing I most value about my summer vacation is the opportunity to settle into a routine of nothing but ho-hum. This summer has been anything but.
In the meantime, I am trying to remember what it was we had been working on so hard during the spring. After complaining to Sean some time ago that I always feel like I circle back to basics, he responded that basics are THE BEST. He reminded me that the world's top riders spend a lot of time working on BASICS. So, that's what I have been doing. In each and every ride, I test Izzy's suppleness. Like Sean used to remind me, I ask questions.
This week, I focused on moving Izzy around in the canter. Since he negatively anticipates the flying change, I've been chipping away at the anxiety by not asking for it. Instead of asking for a change, I ride across a short diagonal, straighten him, and then I continue on in the same lead. Yesterday, Izzy hopped and hopped and finally grunted in exasperation when I had him hold the counter counter. I very politely thanked him for the effort and then asked if he would like to change leads. I sat left with a half halt, and he popped over like it was nothing. Good boy!
Today will be more of the same: basics, transitions, and a lot of not asking.
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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