From Endurance to Dressage
My barn is just beyond those trees ...
I did make it out to the barn yesterday afternoon, but not to ride. I waited all morning for the rain to pass, but unlike most of this year's weather, the rain held steady all day. By evening, it was coming down in buckets. We had over a quarter of an inch. It was very welcome.
When I arrived at the barn, all of the horses were standing inside munching hay. I cleaned stalls, added more pine pellets, threw a bit more hay, and fed both of my boys their beet pulp/rice bran yummies. I ride almost seven days a week, so frankly, a day away from the barn was a welcome break. I did gather one or two more items that I'll need for this coming weekend's show and set them aside to load in the trailer. I am sure the pile will grow through the week.
Hubby checked the weekend weather forecast for the Santa Barbara area, and it looks perfect - mid 60s with sunshine. I actually have a dentist appointment on Monday so the boys will have to do without my fussing for one more day. But Tuesday, it's back to the regular routine!
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
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Completed …
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: