From Endurance to Dressage
I was going to blog about the EHV-1 virus today, but then I realized everyone has read everything about it that they want to already. So I decided to blog about something else. ... chirp. chirp. chirp. (That's the sound of crickets chirping in the silence.)
But then I couldn't think of anything else to blog about which left me with a blank page.
So I started wasting time by pretending that I was blogging by looking through the Google searches that bring people to this blog and website. EVERY SINGLE Google search aimed at this site was about EHV-1 in Bakersfield.
So I am back to blogging about EHV-1 and EHM. I wish I had something new to add. I think by now everyone knows that it can be a fatal disease. Most people know that it is transmitted primarily by horse to horse contact, but it can also be passed from horse to horse by sharing brushes, feed buckets, grooming tools, farrier tools, and other implements. It can also be passed from your hands or clothes.
Most everyone is also aware that a fever is one of the first symptoms followed by loss of coordination, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against something for support, and an inability to rise. If you see any of these things, you should probably be worried, and get your horse isolated as soon as possible.
Most people are probably most concerned with just how long this thing is going to last. I'll admit it. It's rather inconvenient. This is the start of the show season. People are gathering points and qualifying scores for championships later this fall. The weather finally cleared up (well almost) and trail riding is well under way. Babies are being born right and left and breeders want to show them off. This is really inconvenient.
Okay ... I know. Not very politically correct, but I know it's what many people are thinking. Bizarrely - is this even a word? - it is actually VERY convenient for me. WHAT? Again, I know. Not very politically correct, or even sensitive. But here are the facts:
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%: