From Endurance to Dressage
I have been really good about not buying anything recently. I've quit buying books for my Kindle (I have at least ten lined up that I haven't read yet anyway), songs for my iPod, and junk for the horses. I had a few vet bills that needed to be taken care of and we're still trying to save enough for our trip to Portugal this summer.
Izzy's vet bill is now almost entirely paid for, and for the most part, so is our trip. All of a sudden, I started seeing tack things that I needed. It's not like I let myself go crazy (those who know me in real life are rolling their eyes as they know I never let myself go crazy), but I did allow myself to purchase a couple of things last week.
The Riding Warehouse just makes everything so darn cheap and easy. That company beats even Smartpak for customer service, ease of shipping, and speed of delivery. I almost always get my order the very next day.
I've been using my rope halter that has rings for reins when I lunge Izzy, which is an entirely different post that will be coming soon. I know I've written about this before, but I like every halter to have its own lead rope. Since I hadn't been using that halter at all, I took its lead rope and put it on Izzy's rope halter (which is relatively new).
Now that I am again using the halter with rings for lunging, I knew I needed a new lead rope that could stay on the halter permanently. I put Speedy's old royal blue lead rope on the lunging halter, and then I ordered a new one (in navy) for Speedy.
I've mentioned before that I only use lead ropes made from yacht rope and clinician style rope halters. Riding Warehouse has a great selection of both. So now I am $40 poorer than I was last week. I couldn't just buy a lead rope, could I? I also tossed in that new pair of bell boots for Izzy!
Left to right: Speedy's Tekna halter with halter plate and purple lead rope; Speedy's rope halter with the new navy lead rope; Izzy's Tekna halter with halter plate and teal lead rope; Izzy's purple rope halter with black lead rope, and my black riding halter with rein rings with a royal blue lead rope.
I think my halter and lead rope collection is complete. Not pictured is a spare rope halter and matching lead rope that hang in my trailer and a "just in case" Rambo halter with a poly lead rope that are hanging in the tack room. I think I might drag those halters out and ...
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%