From Endurance to Dressage
I know this is nowhere near dressage or endurance related, but traveling is my second favorite thing to do after riding. This is the last DC post, I promise!
We saw and did so many things while in DC. We're goers and doers so we don't usually hang out in the hotel relaxing. Sometimes I wish we could, but neither of us can sit still for very long.
Most days, we got up early and had breakfast on the run while we explored the city. We usually got back to the room in the late afternoon with just enough time for a quick freshen up before we were off to dinner and more "stuff."
The Cherry Blossom Festival was in full swing. There were probably close to a million people out on the Mall over the weekend. I have never been in such a crowd in my life. This shot doesn't show the hoards of people, but it does show the aftermath. We came back to this spot later in the week and were pleased to see the grass litter free.
I took a zillion more photos of many other places, but you get the idea. Some places didn't allow photos (like the National Archives) and other places were so crowded that getting good photos was hard (the Smithsonian).
We had sunburn days, rainy days, and "polar vortex" days. The weather in California isn't quite that volatile! We also ate at MANY awesome restaurants. We never had a bad meal; everything was absolutely delicious. I loved the public transportation, something we sorely lack here in California, but Hubby found it depressing.
We were also surprised at how friendly everyone was. Tourist, resident, waiter, it didn't matter. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We find that many people outside of California find Californians to be rude, so we try very hard to change that perception. Maybe that's why we found everyone to be so polite. :0)
Looking forward to our next vacation …
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%: