From Endurance to Dressage
I haven't used Izzy's RPSI name in a long time. I almost forgot what it was. It came up while I was reading an article about what makes a warmblood a warmblood. I was digging through his pedigree and was reminded that his sire line is filled with stallions whose names begin with the letter I. Inbegriff (his sire - Oldenburg), Ideal (grandsire - Oldenburg), Inschallah (Anglo Arabian), and Israel (Anglo Arabian).
No matter how hard I search, I can't find a photo of Izzy's sire, Inbegriff. If you spot one, please share the link!
Imperioso ... It doesn't roll off my tongue with any familiarity. It's a very regal name; maybe I need to start slinging it around now and again.
I am terrible about taking conformation photos. I either forget, or I take such bad photos that I am embarrassed to share them. Somehow, my boys always come out looking like lunkheads even though they're both pretty handsome fellows.
When Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, was here two weeks ago, she nodded appreciatively at Izzy's developing topline. His neck is getting rounder and the bulge under his neck is getting smaller. She liked how his body was shaping up.
While I don't take many saddleless photos, Izzy's breeder/first owner did. Over the weekend, I started to dig through the pictures that she gave me just to see if I could see any appreciable differences in how his body is shaping up. The verdict? Not really. I see him too often to recognize the changes in his body.
His head looks nearly identical as when he was a toddler, and his color is nearly exactly the same. He's certainly got a badonkadonk; that thing goes on for days. I bought him as a six-year-old, so his growth was mostly done, but now he looks more mature and powerful. I am not sure I see any of his relatives lurking in his bone structure, but I think Noemi did good.
Upon closer inspection though, that hind end does look like it might have come from Inschallah. Love me a good booty!
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%