From Endurance to Dressage
Things gave been pretty serious around her lately. For those of you don't know me personally, I am actually a pretty funny person, and I tend to find the comical side of things. I am quick to make light of mistakes, particularly my own, and I don't mind being the fodder for other people's jokes. Bring it, I say.
So when I got to the ranch yesterday, I could only laugh.
I tend to wear lots of heels and dresses to work. Yesterday was one of those days where nothing in my closet looked right, so I threw on my black Esprit Equestrian breeches, shrugged on a red technical shirt, and paired the ensemble with red Chuck Taylor's. Cute, while not looking homeless. Plus, I wouldn't have to change when I got to the ranch.
When I climbed into the back of the truck yesterday afternoon to switch out my Chuck's, smart watch, and jewelry for a Timex and muck boots, I did one of those, "maybe my boots climbed into the glove box?" searches. No boots. No Timex watch. BUT, I had remembered socks which are regularly forgotten. Thankfully it wasn't a heels sort of day. I very carefully picked my way to the tackroom where I swapped out my Chuck's for riding boots. Joke was on me. I tried to make life easier by wearing riding clothes to work, but then I forgot the appropriate footwear. You can't win them all.
I have a very firm policy: no real life shoes allowed at the barn. I have ruined many a pair of real life shoes by doing just one little thing at the barn. I wasn't willing to sacrifice a pair of Chuck's because I didn't have my muck boots. Instead, I did all of my barn chores, including dumping and cleaning Speedy's water trough, in my tall boots. Which, by the way are the same pair I wrote about in January that were getting too tight to zip up so I had a new pair waiting. The new pair are still waiting!
Excuse me while I go throw my barn bag - filled with breeches, shirt, sports bra, socks, Timex, and barn boots, into my truck.
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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
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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