From Endurance to Dressage
Izzy is finally able to be trusted to graze the property without maiming himself or someone else. Speedy earned this privilege many years ago. It wasn't until Izzy's equine neighbor Archie passed that I started letting Izzy have free rein as it were. When Archie passed, he left his pasture mate on her own. Pixie and Izzy quickly became fast friends. She lives in the pasture directly across from him.
When Archie passed, I started turning Izzy out in front of Pixie's paddocks so she would have company. He quickly realized he had access to good grass by staying close to her. Once he decided that he liked her and she him, he began to behave himself and earned longer and longer turnout periods. Now, he gets to roam at will while I do my chores. On Sunday, I lost sight of him and had to go hunt him down.
It took me a minute to find him because he had wandered off a bit farther than normal. As I called to him to get back to where he was supposed to be, he blithely ignored my demands and proceeded to summit Mount Poop.
He made me walk all the way over before he agreed to get back down. There is a little road that runs up the back of the poop pile, but seriously. What could he possibly need to see up there?
I couldn't help but laugh at him because it's a poop pile. Eventually he wandered back down, but his roaming privileges might have to be limited for a while.
Why can't he just check out the girls like most boys?
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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