From Endurance to Dressage
That's correct. The World's Greatest Farrier. I hate to imply that yours isn't absolutely fantastic, but Jaime Osbrink is just that good. Not only is he a fabulous hand with hooves, but he's also a really, really nice guy.
This means of course that yesterday was shoeing day. It's a good thing because Sydney has been sans front shoe since Thanksgiving day. Remember my search for a hammer?
When I pulled into the barn after work, Jaime was just cleaning up and heading home for the day. I haven't seen him since summer so it was nice to visit and do some face to face chatting about my ponies' tootsies. Speedy's are as good as ever. He even got a special Osbrink Compliment, I think he likes getting his feet done! Jaime's such a kidder. Although knowing him like I do, I think he was serious! Here are Speedy's toes from a terrible angle with even worse light.
Sydney's feet are still a work in progress. I think they look fabulous, but Jaime thinks his toes need to come back even more. He says we should be where he likes 'em in about six months. Here's a hind foot shot from a funky angle. Notice how much expansion room Jaime has left at the heel. He's working hard on getting that heel where it needs to be.
Jaime has a young guy working with him. He seemed like a nice young man, and if Jaime has given him a thumbs up, I feel good about sharing his contact info. His name is Cody Haage, and he is a graduate of Five Star Horseshoeing School in Minco, Oklahoma. He can be reached at (661) 400-7507. If you're in the Bakersfield/Tehachapi/Lancaster area and need a farrier, give him a call!
And just because I like him so much, here's a photo of Sydney from last night. He's such a cutie!
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: