From Endurance to Dressage
What was I just saying about spring and summer? Forget all that, winter came back! Well, for two days anyway; we're scheduled to be back up near 80 in a day or two. But while winter was here hanging out, we got ¾ of an inch of rain which may not seem like a lot for most of you, but up until this weekend, we'd only had just over two total inches. For the WHOLE winter. Three-fourths of an inch is a lot.
We finally had some puddles around the barn. Here's Speedy G's house:
And now for the "Lucky Girl" part. What do you not see in this picture?
MUD - that's what you don't see! Speedy G has got to be the cleanest gray horse ever. I brushed him for maybe five minutes with a medium-stiff brush before I shot these photos. Note the lack of excessive gunk on the ground! What you do see came out of his feet.
Sydney, on the other hand, was a total dirt ball and required a good twenty minutes of deep brushing. No photos, but trust me, he was DIRTY!
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%