From Endurance to Dressage
I had lunch at the Malt Shop with Cha Ching's Mom on Saturday. It's our favorite after-the-barn burger/ice cream/fries/taquitos place to hang out. The owners are very accommodating and don't mind that we A) sometimes stink, and B) hog up a booth for several hours at a time. While we didn't smell like horse sweat for Saturday's lunch, we certainly sat there far longer than our taquitos, chicken strips, and sundaes were worth.
During our conversation, I mentioned to Cha Ching's Mom that the combination of summer heat and work had robbed me of any and all creative thought. Most days I have no less than 5 blog posts rolling around in my head. This weekend, my head was filled with the quiet sound of crickets ... chirp, chirp, chirp ...
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. I was feeling decidedly uninspired and very unmotivated.
Cha Ching's Mom suddenly remembered a series of posts that she's been following on a blog she reads. It had to do with posting pictures of some of your favorite things. After reminding me of a few "tips" that I've shared with her, she thought I should share some of them as well as some of the things that inspire me, but it should be done through photos.
Welcome to My 5 Things. This is a new series, done through photos, that illustrates things that inspire me or just plain catch catch my eye. I thought I should show you my office first. When I write, I surround myself with horses, literally, and find great satisfaction in just sitting in here. It's a good place to think.
From here on out, I'll try to just limit myself to a short caption as the pictures should do the talking for me.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%