From Endurance to Dressage
for a couple of days, anyway. Thursday was the first non-barn day in a long time. I felt a wee bit guilty, but it was a necessary absence. As a teacher, I typically put in a nine hour work day throughout most of the school year. I get to work at the crack of dawn, but that allows me to leave pretty much as my students do. This gives me that blissful one to two hours each afternoon at the barn. That 5:00 a.m. start to the day is worth it. Thursday was our annual Back to School Night which meant that I put in a 13-hour work day. Yeah, kinda of unpleasant, but, it's part of the job. More work, less ponies ...
After work today, I'll pop over to do a quick check on my boys as Hubby and I head to the mountains for a night or two. Work has been so hectic that neither of us had the energy to pack a bag and make the drive. We'll spend a day or two relaxing, catch up on sleep, watch a movie or two, and then head home for another work week. I should be able to pop back by the barn on Sunday afternoon for a quick ride and a pony check. More family, less ponies ...
A good life, which I know I live, is about priorities. In order to enjoy my boys, I have to go to work, which means that sometimes I don't get to enjoy their company. A good life also includes family. Spending time with my husband (away from the barn) is important for maintaining a solid marriage. When the occasional week or weekend shows up where I don't immerse myself in all things equine, it just make my return to the barn that much better. And in this case, I get the both of both: a weekend away with my husband, and the knowledge that my next barn visit will be all the sweeter.
More family and work, less ponies ...
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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