From Endurance to Dressage
I am not a holy roller, and I generally keep my faith to myself. I feel that my relationship with the Divine is a rather private one, and I don't need to really talk about it. Sometimes though, I am amazed at how our needs are met in the most unusual of ways. I feel compelled to share.
I get paid a salary - if I come to work early (I do, every day) or stay late, I don't get paid any differently. There are a few instances though where I do have the opportunity to earn a little "over time" even though it's less than half my usual rate of pay.
Last month, we were short a substitute teacher so the students from that class were divvied up amongst the rest of the intermediate teachers (4th, 5th, and 6th grade). I was assigned four students, and for teaching them all day, I was paid a total of $46.60. Over the weekend, I had to order new bandaging material to wrap Speedy's leg. Guess how much the bill was? Why yes! It was also $46. I am not such a believer in coincidences, but I do believe that things always work out.
My vet bill for March's visit was just a shade over $1200. That's a lot of money even if you do have a good income. On top of that, I had just sent in a show entry ($413.00), but since I called to cancel after the closing date, there was no refund. I was losing money left and right. But again, I was being looked after.
I feel about guilty about being happy about it, but the show got cancelled due to rain which means I'll get a full refund after all (although I am not counting those chicken until the check gets here). I am sorry for those riders who needed the scores, but I am grateful that my needs are being met.
My refunded show entry certainly isn't going to cover the whole vet bill, but it will definitely help. I am also expecting another one of those "extra duty" checks from school for supervising detention. That check should be around $300.
While my vet bill was rather large, the majority of it was for stuff that I had budgeted for: dentals, vaccines, fecal counts, overall health exams, etc. The charge for examining and treating Speedy's leg and Izzy's sarcoid was about $270. That's just about how much I am expecting from my extra check. Another coincidence? I don't think so. I believe that when we live our lives the best that we can, our needs will be met.
I just think it's funny that my needs are being met by a missing substitute, a rain storm, and a room full of kids serving detention. I'll gladly let Karma, the Divine, and the Irish fight over who gets the credit.
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%