From Endurance to Dressage
I hope so! It's a been a busy, and expensive, year. There is a ride-a-test in October being held by the local chapter of CDS, but that would be just for fun and doesn't require any special preparation.
Saturday's show prep went really well. I gave Sydney's bridle path a quick clip, and then he got some good turn out where he galloped and galloped. I was glad to see that as it (hopefully) reduced some of his excess energy. I won't need any of that this morning.
While he was still tired from his morning gallop, I did a quick trailer loading session. He got an A for loading, but I had to give him a C- for unloading. This is one thing I should have been working on over the last month. I don't think it will be a problem this morning, but you never know.
While Sydney was turned out, I hacked Speedy around the neighborhood in order to try out his new bit. So far, so good.
After the clip, turn out, and trailer loading session, I gave Sydney a brief, under saddle schooling ride focussing solely on relaxation. I let him trot around on a loose rein focusing on making the turns with my seat and legs. I shortened my reins, worked on some 10 meter turns, and then finished up with a couple of halts.
The rest of the morning was spent cleaning him up and braiding his forelock. Ineke, RM's house guest, volunteered to braid him last night for me which will save me a lot of time this morning. Once he was polished up, I finished my morning by giving my tack a quick wipe down before loading everything up in the trailer.
We'll be on the road by 6:30 a.m. Wish us luck!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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