From Endurance to Dressage
This is the last post on this lesson; I promise. Since I don't get to ride with Chemaine very often, she usually loads me up with tons of work which means tons to process. This lesson was no exception.
So far, I've shared two pretty important ideas:
This next video clip shows me figuring out how to get a right lead canter and how to soften my legs so that I don't keep them clamped on. I thought he needed more leg to quit stalling out, but Chemaine pointed out that clamping my legs on is actually slowing him down. D'oh!
Once I felt how much outside rein I needed, the canter was super easy. You can hear from his snorts and see from his head tossing that he liked this canter too.
Over the past few days, I hope you've been able to get a sense of what type of trainer Chemaine is. I love how she avoids criticizing her riders; Lord knows there's plenty of fodder for that. Instead she focuses on what I am doing right. She also makes things simple and relatively easy to work on by myself once I get back home.
While we have a very long journey ahead of us, Chemaine certainly helped me with a lot of little steps. As I watch this final video, I see a much happier and relaxed horse. And all of that came from first regulating his rhythm (last month's lesson focus) and controlling his haunches (this month's focus).
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%