From Endurance to Dressage
Hey! I am getting an award ... sort of. Maybe I should rephrase that. Somebody thinks what I write is worth mentioning to someone else. That's essentially what this award is for. It's a "pass it on" kind of thing where recipients get a shout out which they in turn pass on.
Now THAT'S a Trot! gave me, and a few others, the award as one of her favorite up and coming blogs. Nice. Thanks, NTAT! I love reading what she has to share. She rides Standardbreds and lives far, far away. Well not THAT far - New Jersey to be exact. But if you live in California, New Jersey seems pretty far. Anyhoo, she's an eventer who spends most of her time at the barn - my kind of girl! NTAT writes about the pleasures and trials and tribulations of horse ownership when you aren't rich. Yep, that sounds about right. Find her here.
Here are the official rules of the Liebster Blog Award:
1. Copy and paste the award on this blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.
3. Pick your five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
If I accept the Liebster Blog award, which means "dearest" in German [at least that's what the directions say. I'll feel pretty stupid if I found our later that it means idiotic American!], I am to award it to five other up and coming bloggers that deserve recognition. This is an easy one for me. I don't read hundreds of blogs. And the ones I do read, I read religiously. Sooooo ... here are five blogs that I think you might enjoy.
I love, love, love reading A Horse Crazy Girl in Germany! Lytha is originally from Seattle, but met the love of her life and so carted herself and her endurance Arabian, Baasha to Germany. She shares her horse keeping journey as well as what it is like to live in a foreign country. It's absolutely riveting!
I must have a thing for foreign blogs because one of my other favorites is Ride Groom Feed, written by Kelly in New Zealand. We have had the most fun sharing the differences and similarities that we have encountered.
Kelly shows dressage and jumps. Check out her blog for a fascinating look at what it's like to live on the other side of the planet!
Next is Erica's blog, Of Academia and Horses. Erica hails from Bakersfield, but now lives on the coast as she attends Cal Poly. We haven't met ... yet! But ... we are both attending the Ride-a-Test hosted by the Kern River Chapter of CDS this Saturday so we will finally get a face to face. In the meantime, check out her blog.
Mel, over at Boots and Saddles, isn't a brand new blogger, but I know she writes for a smallish audience. She actually will appeal to many, many people. She is an endurance rider, dressage rider, and vet student. She writes about a variety of topics that include her Arabian mare, Farley and her adorable puppy, Tess! Check her out.
And since I can only pick five, I am also including Sarah at Eventing in Color. Sarah is another California girl who is new to her sport. Check out her journey with her paint mare, Spirit.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
5/23 TMC (*)
6/12-13 SB (***) OR
6/19-20 El Sueño (***)
6/27 TMC (*)
7/3-4 Burbank (***) OR
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
7/25 TMC (*)
8/14-15 RAAC (Q) (***)
8/29 TMC (*)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
Stuff I Read