From Endurance to Dressage
It's the Little Things
It really doesn't take much to make me happy, especially when it comes to things that have to do with my horses. I've recently discovered that having my horse's name on something, anything, really floats my boat.
I've shared this plaque before, but my chapter of CDS recently sent me my most recent "plate," and I was eager to share it.
The plaque is available for purchase from the California Dressage Society. I bought mine three years ago when I knew my first plate was coming. To earn the first plate, a rider must earn five or more scores of 60% or better in a single competition year at CDS-rated shows. After that, any score over 60% earns a plate. Each time a rider earns 70% or higher, an asterisk is added after the number of scores earned.
The first summer I showed, there was no Introductory C class. I rode Inro A and B in four, CDS-rated shows and had a great time, but we didn't earn any recognition from CDS. The next year, 2011, the new tests were introduced. The newly created Intro C class was basically the old Training Level Test 1. That really bummed me out because I had to spend an extra year at Intro Level. We did pretty well there though and earned three scores of 60% or better which earned us a certificate from CDS.
In 2012, I continued riding Intro C, but added the Training Level tests throughout the year until I finished up riding Training Level Tests 2 and 3. We earned 4 scores of 60% or better at Intro and 7 scores above 60% for Training Level.
I am obviously a slow learner because in 2013, I embraced Training Level completely, but didn't feel ready for First Level. We had a great year though and earned 16 scores over 60%. I finished the year ready to move on to First Level.
Speedy had other plans though. That was the winter he came up lame and took more than three months off. By the time we were ready to show again in early summer of 2014, I just didn't feel we were ready for the move to First Level.
Instead, we competed at Training Level again, but it turned out to be a wise choice as we really racked up some high scores, including scores above 70%. In fact, we did so well that we won the CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition at Training Level and went on to compete at the CDS Championship/USDF Region 7 Championship Show (I didn't enter the USDF classes though).
Once again, we are poised to move on to First Level. We've already done First Level Tests 1 and 2 (the old tests) at a schooling show this past fall. We earned scores of 63% and 64% which wouldn't hold up at a CDS-rated show, but the scores showed me that we might actually crack the 60% mark at a rated show.
I am going to continue gently polishing my plates and appreciating all of our hard work. Here's to a successful year of showing in 2015 - for all of us!
3/8/2015 08:59:52 am
3/8/2015 01:33:30 am
Well done, and what a show history! My local GMO doesn't do anything that awesome.
3/8/2015 09:05:53 am
Thanks, jenj! CDS has a variety of really nice programs specifically designed to reward the average adult amateur - like me! I live for this kind os stuff. If my GMO wasn't this cool, I would probably just join USDF directly as a participating member and skip the whole GMO completely. :0)
3/8/2015 09:07:19 am
Thanks, Emma. :0)
3/9/2015 12:07:42 pm
That's what I like about it; it's not a competition. Everyone can earn one if you meet the criteria. :0)
3/9/2015 12:08:10 pm
Thanks, Sarah. :0)
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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
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