From Endurance to Dressage
And that's a wrap.
I signed in and signed out for the last time this past Wednesday. I thought about taking my name tag with me, but as long as it stays in the drawer, I can always go back. And even had I taken the name tag, I am pretty sure they could make me new one.
My last day at MARE turned out to be pretty anticlimactic. I was only on the board to be a horse handler for one lesson. I never really understood the criteria for how each volunteer is assigned to do which job, but it never mattered to me. I was just as happy digging a ditch as I was serving as a side walker. Whenever I haven't been assigned to a lesson, I always asked else what needed doing. Last week, the sand bags needed to be replaced after the most recent hay delivery.
During the one lesson I did help with, the hay truck showed up and unloaded a squeeze of hay. I've never been at MARE on hay delivery day, so I kept an eye on the truck as I led Cricket. There was a lot of beeping and grinding noises as the truck unloaded the hay and the Program Director, who was giving the lesson I was in, asked me to be extra aware of the truck as I led Cricket around the arena. The kiddo who was riding isn't able to communicate in a traditional way, so safety is of the utmost importance with those kiddos in particular.
Cricket was her usual, dependable self so the lesson wrapped up without an issue. When my lesson ended, I handed Cricket off for her next lesson, and then I asked what else needed to be done. Trainer 1 asked if I would replace the sand bags that had been moved in order to get the truck into the hay barn. When asked to do a job, I can never do it half way, so instead of replacing the sand bags immediately, I swept out the dirt and musty hay that had been under the bags. Once the entire area was swept clean, I replaced the sand bags. Like most barn jobs, it was dirty and made me sweat which meant I was happy to do it!
Once I had swept out the hay barn and replaced the sand bags, I headed back to the main barn and helped with feeding the horses. I paused outside each stall and gave each horse a wave. After saying my goodbyes to Trainer 1 and 2, I put my name tag in the drawer and walked out to my truck. It's a good thing we're headed to Europe in a couple of days because I am pretty sure I am going to miss my Wednesdays at MARE.
Volunteering is definitely good for the soul, but I am ready to move on to something else.
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: