From Endurance to Dressage
Holy Toledo, Batman! Was that ever a tough couple of weeks. I came down with a debilitating case of bronchitis that knocked the wind out of my metaphorical sails. Even with having Thanksgiving off, I still missed nine days of work and only went back on Friday out of guilt. I am still only running on partial power, but at least life is getting back on track.
Before I even made it to my classroom door on Friday, I had a bunch of fifth graders wrapped around my middle, hugging me warmly. I was very seriously informed that the substitute was very strict, but she had to be because that's her job. I am not sure who was more excited to be back at work, me or them!
Later that morning, several students shyly handed me gifts that they had either brought hoping I'd be back, or purchased that morning from our Sant Shop. One student in particular knows me well.
Of course I oohed and awed and eagerly flipped open the top.
I might have squealed just a little bit. How cute is that?
After putting on the necklace, I wondered what to do about the box. I didn't have to heart to toss it; it's too sweet. I found the perfect spot to leave it. My reading room is my favorite place in our house. While it's not overtly equine, I've snuck a few things in that make the room particularly mine.
Getting back to normal is a good thing. Doing it with horses makes it even better.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%