From Endurance to Dressage
After our most recent show (was that just a week or so ago?), I brought Speedy back to full work gradually. He had a day off, a day with just walking, two days of walk/trot/canter, and a day out on the trail. In just those few days in the arena, I can tell that he came back from the show with a new understanding of what his job entails.
I had one lesson that weekend with Chemaine along with a little bit of coaching, but that was enough to show me where we needed to be going. Since the show, Speedy has figured out that I really need him to be in front of my leg. With some consistent "poking" of the spur, he's figured out that I either mean more forward, or get off my inside leg.
We had some really good work last week which leaves me feeling optimistic about this Sunday's show. I really wanted to make my First Level debut, but since the Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) is just a few weeks away, I decided to stick with the Training Level tests until we finish with that show. There doesn't seem to be any sense in rocking the boat this close to our season's big "finale."
I just need to keep my focus and not let myself get too worked up over how we'll place. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well which only achieves the opposite. So, for the next few weeks, we're just going to work on inside bend and flexion along with some good forward energy. And that's it!
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%: