From Endurance to Dressage
I can't remember a year where one of my students did not buy me a horse calendar for Christmas. I always enjoy receiving that gift because the kids get so much delight in giving me something equine related. Sadly, I didn't get one this year.
I almost always get a second calendar from my vet. He doesn't mail them out, but if you drop by in the month of December, they're on the counter for the taking. I love his calendars because they're super sturdy and over-sized. I didn't drop by his office this year to get one, and I am sure they're out by now.
When I didn't get a calendar from my students or the vet, I thought that surely someone would think to get me one for my birthday which is in early January. When that one failed to materialize, I started to panic a bit as I was quickly running out of "extra" space on my 2016 calendar.
Each day, I take a few quick notes about what's going on at the barn. I note how long each horse got ridden (if at all), whether anyone was lame or sick, or if we just went for a walk. I note the farrier's visits and what the weather was like if it changed my routine. Lately, I've been writing RAIN. I also draw a slash through the day if I didn't make it the previous day which has happened a lot this past month or so.
Over the weekend, I finally admitted that if I wanted a horse calendar for 2017, I had better get going on it. As I was doing my grocery shopping, I ran across a sale bin that was filled with random calendars depicting dogs doing yoga, cats doing yoga, and Jeeps in action. I dug through the pile, half-heartedly looking for one with horses even though I knew it was pointless. Realizing that my chances for finding a calendar at all were quickly diminishing, I tossed an over-sized, picture-less option in my cart.
Once I got it hung up, I realized that I might actually like this year's calendar. The squares for each day are nearly twice as big as on a normal calendar which means I'll have plenty of room for taking notes. I copied the first two week's worth of scribbles that were crammed on December's page and discovered that I really liked all of the extra writing room.
I love it when procrastination yields unexpectedly positive results! How about you - do you record your barn visits?
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
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2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: