From Endurance to Dressage
Sadly, I've returned to the working world. For those who don't know, I am a teacher and as such have spent the last eight weeks hanging out at the barn for four hours a day riding my horses and taking lessons.
All of that came to a depressing end on Monday morning when I had to report back to work for a full week of meetings, training sessions, and collaborative pow wows. In addition, my mom and her husband came to stay for a few days so I of course cancelled my lessons for the week. Tonight, my principal has invited the staff to his home for appetizers and drinks. All of that combined with an after work haircut has left me feeling desperate for a ride.
Not that I probably would have ridden after work anyway; it's been over 100 degrees. Regardless of tomorrow's weather, I am heading out to the barn after work, and I plan to make up for some lost rides this weekend. The kids return to school on Monday which means my twice weekly morning lessons will now be done in the heat of the day. The one good thing is that I get off 30 minutes earlier than I did at my last school site.
If you're an evening rider, you know how awesome it is to have an extra 30 minutes after work. I get off work at 2:50 p.m. (of course, I arrive by 6:30 a.m.), which means I will get home by 3:10 and can be to the barn by 3:30. Hello afternoons of riding! Even in the dead of winter I'm going to be able to get in a fairly good ride. And before the time changes, I might even be able to ride a second horse. Holy hell, I feel as though I've won the lottery!
Such is the life of an adult (amateur) who has to work to pay for her fun. And since I know I am one of the lucky ones, that's the end of my pity party. Thanks for coming. :0)
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.
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