From Endurance to Dressage
Still sounds fancier than it is. I should be happier with this test than I am, but I was really wanting that 65%. What I need to remember is that this was a triple-rated show which means the level of judging was elevated as were the judge's expectations. This is by far the best we've done at a triple-rated show. My previous scores were 60% and lower, so this is quite an improvement. While I was driving home feeling a bit down, I remembered that this is the first score of five that I need for a California Dressage Society plate. So why am I disappointed? I decided that I am not disappointed at all!
Here's the test:
What I don't like about this test was the five for movement seven: circle left 20 meters. He misread my aid and wanted to break into the canter earlier than he's supposed to. My error. There's been a lot of kicking and bucking at the canter so what we're really trying to work on is relaxation. It didn't seem to come through on that circle.
I am most proud of the six we earned on the second canter transition. Fives have been pretty common for us with at least a four in there one time before. A six tells me I was maybe softer in my aid and he was more relaxed. Whatever it was, we'll take it!
And the eight coming down the centerline - I knew we nailed that one. I had the judge dead set in my sights and I was thinking forward, forward, forward. That's a difficult movement for less experienced horses because the halt happens at G, immediately in front of the judge. It's easy for a horse to start slowing down if he feels like you're going to run him through the judge's tent! I was pleased with how forward Speedy did that trot down the centerline.
So ... no qualifying score (for RAAC), but a solid ride none-the-less.
Oh, all right! Here's another post-ride pic of Speedy G hanging out on the Hi-Tie. That pony really likes this gizmo. It does get me some curious looks though. Those darn endurance riders and their fancy doodads!
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%: