From Endurance to Dressage
When we bought our new house last month, one of the little extras that we liked was the size of the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. I've had plenty of walk-in closets, but never one that was big enough for his and hers if you know what I mean. All of our walk-in closets have been plenty fine for me, but my husband always had to use the smaller one or one in a different room altogether.
Not in this house!
This closet is the size of a small bedroom. It's enormous. It's so big that we still have empty shelves and racks. It's so big that I was able to dedicate one whole section to just riding wear!
The very top shelf is for my ancient ropers and any other equestrian boots that I may want to store at home. I actually have a few old pairs of Ariat Terrains that I might shove up there.
The next shelf is for my current rotation of breeches. I still have a drawerful of breeches I don't like and won't wear, but they're fine where they are. I've stored sports bras and other smalls on this shelf as well. Hanging below all of that are all of my riding tops, organized by type.
My C4 belts (and other belts) come first with my Kastels and other sun shirts next to them. Short sleeve summer tops are next. Long sleeve winter shirts come after that, and tank tops are on the end. Of course, now that I see a photo, I am wondering at my earlier logic. I think I'll run in there and switch some things around!
I am not sure if this house is my dream home since my horses don't live here, but besides that, it sure has checked off every other box. It might also be that I am pretty easy to please. Closet space for breeches probably wouldn't seal the deal for most buyers, but I am sure other horse gals would appreciate it as much as I do!
Living the dream, people, living the dream!
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 Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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