From Endurance to Dressage
Last week, I shared some pictures of my colleagues' kids hanging out with Speedy at our last show of the year. If you missed the post, check it out if only to see how cute those girls were.
One morning last week, I found two of the above cutie pies standing outside of my classroom door just as our morning bell was ringing. Before I knew it, one of the girls had shrugged off her obviously heavy back pack and excitedly chirped that she had brought me some candy.
I am not going to lie, I cringed inwardly since I am on a weight loss marathon and am doing my best to avoid all candy and sweets. I smiled anyway and eagerly asked what kind. She quickly clarified that it was candy for Speedy - the kind he likes.
At the show, the girls had laughed in surprise when I handed them some candies to feed him. They didn't realize he liked real candy. They of course enjoyed a piece right along with Speedy.
Seriously. Is that not the cutest thing you've seen today? It's kids like these that keep me coming back for more. I can't wait to see what Speedy thinks of the cinnamon flavor. He's a pig when it comes to candy. Wait until I slip him the sour apple one!
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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
*** 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%