From Endurance to Dressage
This is in no way horse related, but I think you'll find it interesting.
You might remember that last fall we moved out to the edge of town along a small lake. We've enjoyed watching the birdlife, fishing from our back yard, and most especially, we've delighted in the peace and quiet.
On Friday afternoon, that peace and quiet was shattered by a distinctive whomp whomp whomp. I zoomed out to the back patio to see a helicopter flying over our pool!
We see helicopters in Bakersfield when someone's been lost in the river and the sheriff is doing a search and rescue, or when BPD is tracking a suspect on foot. Neither of those things seemed likely in my neighborhood. A quick glance to the southeast revealed a smoke-filled sky.
I could hear the helicopters landing close by, but I couldn't see where, so I went out our back gate and followed the lake path around the corner. I met the rest of my neighbors sitting in the grass. When the helicopters returned, I had to pick my jaw up off the grass at the sight of those huge machines hovering over my fishing spot. They were drawing water out of the lake to spray on the grass fire that was just a few miles to the south.
I know it's hard to tell, but those helicopters were right in the middle of our neighborhood. It might look like they were some distance away, but they were practically on top of us. The spray generated from their blades soaked me as they hovered there. The wind was so strong that you had to shield your face from the sting. I watched them refill their tanks three or four times before heading back to the house, but they came and went for several hours.
My husband made it home from work to see them in action too. I was sorry to see those guys working so hard, fire season's going to be bad this year, but it was a pretty exciting afternoon for my quiet little neighborhood!
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%