From Endurance to Dressage
As promised, Blue Truck got some much needed pampering over the weekend. Since I am going to keep it, I figured I better start babying it. I took it over to Branson's Express Lube, my favorite place for maintenance stuff, and asked Ryan, the owner what I needed to do to get it ship shape.
Ryan Branson is a real stand up guy, by the way, and if you need an oil change or other small service, please visit his shop at 5651 Auburn Street, Bakersfield, CA (661) 872-2281.
Ryan's been looking after my cars for at least 6 years and has never tried to sell me something that I didn't need. He pulled up my truck's maintenance history and looked over what we've done in the last five years. Besides the oil change, he recommended we do a coolant flush since mine was brown and not the lime green it should be. He also suggested we service the transmission which entails replacing the fluids.
I had him look everything else over and asked what else I could do for Blue Truck to keep it running safely. He suggested that in the next year I should also service my differentials (and I know what those are now) and the transfer case (the 4 wheel drive box thingy). He'll do those for me during Christmas break. He also suggested I get someone to change out my serpentine belt sometime this next year. I left Branson's $211 poorer, but feeling much more confident about Blue Truck's dependability.
I still had one more stop to make though. I took Blue Truck over to the tire place and asked for a rotation and balance. To my surprise, Tire Guy said the tires I had bought last year still looked great, and I could easily wait on that job a bit longer. During Christmas break I'll take it back so that he can rotate and balance the tires as well as change out the serpentine belt.
Blue Truck finished the weekend with a run through the car wash, a vacuum job, and a topped off fuel tank. I think Blue Truck is going to be just fine!
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%