From Endurance to Dressage
Sunday was one of those rare, perfect days here in Bakersfield. It was warm while still being cool. The sun was bright and cheerful, but there was a lovely breeze that kept the temperature perfectly comfortable. When we have days like that, I always like to say that if we had more of them, none of us would be able to afford to live here.
Izzy is worse than a teenaged boy when it comes to funk and gunk. He quite often sweats through his pads which leaves the equine version of ring around the collar. So after a weekend of very good rides, I decided that my schooling whites needed a good cleaning. The weather was perfect for line drying saddle pads, or in my case, "patio chair" drying.
We have a newish washing machine though, so I didn't want to gunk it up with Izzy's prodigious funk, so I used the shop vac first. Not only were the pads crusty brown underneath - I swear I groom him first, but they were also matted with hair.
After a super duty wash cycle and a double rinse, the pads came out mostly white. While they might not sparkle, they sure do smell nice after drying in the breeze. I love riding with a crisp, clean pad. Too bad my leg boots, bridle, and horse won't be as clean as the pads.
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%: