From Endurance to Dressage
Show day ... not feeling stressed ... that's a good thing!
I washed Speedy G and gave him a haircut on Saturday. He also got a big turn-out session where he galloped and bucked to his heart's content. I gave my tack a quick cleaning and bought a bag of potato chips to go with my sandwich and lemonade. That's all we need: clean horse, clean tack, lunch!
If you're curious, we're still riding USDF Introductory B & C. No shame in my book. I feel better about riding a lower level while we improve. What's the sense of showing at a higher level if we're just going to get low 50s? I'm happier riding Intro A & B and shooting for scores in the mid 60s. If we show well today, I might consider showing Training Level Test 1 in September. Wish us luck.
On a different topic ... big news for us! Speedy and Sydney are moving to a new home!!!!!! I am really excited about the move. Hubby (THANK YOU!!!!!) helped me move most of my stuff on Saturday afternoon. Both boys are still at their old home, but they should make the move on Tuesday or Wednesday. I know this seems like surprising news, but I have been quietly searching for a place that has like-minded riders. Dario and Mary do a wonderful job at Silverado, so this move had nothing to do with the quality of care they provided.
As we finish the move, I'll provide photos and details. In the meantime, just know that I LOVE our new barn and I can't wait to get there!
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%: