From Endurance to Dressage
Not all of the time of course, but lately, he's been putting on his big boy pants. After I rode Speedy through all of those (attempted) flying changes, I hopped up on Izzy for a second lesson in the same day.
I told Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, that I really just wanted some feedback on how he was moving compared to our last lesson in ... early June? Turns out, she couldn't say enough positive things.
It was after our last lesson in June that I decided to move Izzy into the dressage legal bit for good. It wasn't easy, and it has taken months for him to relax the same way he did in the ported bit, but I feel confident that the worst of the drama is behind us.
Here's a quick minute of some trot work.
We then played around with some leg yields and even a bit of half pass.
I finished up the ride with a bit of canter, including counter canter from Second Level. Then I asked Chemaine to get on him. While I love getting a trainer ride for both of my horses, what I really wanted was for her to feel how much more relaxed he has become. Her feedback tells me what to work on next. Plus, when I watch Chemaine ride, it gives me a good model to try to emulate when he gets sticky or tense.
This horse has never been easy, but it has been very rewarding bringing him along. He makes my heart sing. Usually. Okay, sometimes.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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