From Endurance to Dressage
A photo from last August's Tehachapi Show
Really. This is the last post about Sunday's show. I am doing other horsey stuff, but three things in particular struck me after watching the videos of my tests, and I wanted to write about them. This photo is NOT from the show. It's from LAST year. I didn't get a still shot from this show to show as a comparison, so you'll have to re-watch the video for that. With that, here are the three things I noticed:
The first thing that caught my eye was my leg position. It's much better today than it was last summer. From the video I can see that now I have a much straighter leg and my feet are flatter without the high heel/low toe seen here.
The video also shows that I am starting to bend my elbows. I still don't have that lovely straight line from bit to elbow, but it's certainly better now than it was last summer. Notice my zombie arms.
The third thing that has improved is my upper body. Last summer I was still allowing Speedy to tip me forward which caused me to have a closed angle at my pelvis. I saw in the video that I am sitting up much taller and opening my pelvis more.
My body position is still not perfect. But I can definitely see some improvement. If you missed the video from Sunday's show. You can see Test C down below.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%