From Endurance to Dressage
Well, not this minute of course, but in a few hours Speedy and I will be loaded up and heading to the Ventura area (Somis/Moorpark) for a two-day USDF show at El Sueno. I love this facility and am looking forward to the show. We'll be back there in two weeks for the CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition.
My primary goal is to get a solid ride on Speedy G with no 5s on my score sheet. We'll see how it goes. I also hope to get a final qualifying score for the El Sueno Championship show which is being held concurrently with the RAAC. I only need a 58% so I think I should do that pretty easily.
I ride really early on Saturday morning but late afternoon on Sunday. That means I "get" a lot of time in between to sit and watch other riders go. Watching helped me improve my own riding at the March HDEC show, so I hope it proves helpful here, too.
Have a great weekend, and I'll see you all on Monday!
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%: