From Endurance to Dressage
I am off to Tehachapi. We're still doing USDF Introductory B & C, but we're getting a lot better. After all of my recent rah rah posts, I certainly hope we put in good rides today.
The problem with being so honest about my learning journey is that I have to be honest about shows as well. I feel like our contact is improving, but we'll see if what I feel can actually be seen by the judge.
Yeah, yeah, yeah I know it's supposed to be about my own personal journey, but I WANT higher scores. How can I move on if we keep getting the same comments from the judges and earning scores in the lower 60s and high 50s? And before you tell me that scores aren't perfect indicators of progress, I do know that, but they are a good gauge for me. The judges for whom I've ridden have offered very fair comments that have been right on the money. It is those comments, combined with the scores, that will tell me when we're ready to move up to Training Level.
So, scout's honor, I'll share my scores, and hopefully videos, of the two rides. Taz's mom has offered to come along and do the video for me. Wish us well!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: