From Endurance to Dressage
It occurred to me over the weekend that my family is another one of My 5 Things.
I have a great husband: he's generous, loving, kind, adventurous, and has a great sense of humor. And while he doesn't share my passion for all things equine, he graciously helps subsidize my passion. Basically, he's Thing 1. As an aside, today is our 19th wedding anniversary. I've decided he's a keeper.
After Hubby comes the gray pony. It's not that Speedy is more important than the rest of the crew, but he's been with me for a few years now. Even Hubby considers Speedy to be a family member. Speedy is Thing 2.
Sydney, of course, is Thing 3. He's not been with us as long as Speedy has, but I think by this point Hubby feels as though he gets to stay. Hubby hasn't hung out with Sydney much and doesn't know him very well, but since Sydney has yet to hurt me, he has a pretty solid ranking in Hubby's book!
Tobias is the youngest member of our family as well as the most recent addition. He's a year and a half old now. His life revolves around walks, swimming, fetching the paper, and being with us every moment of the day. He's Thing 4, and he's definitely a member of the family!
And then, there's Thing 5; me! It's great to know that I am part of a special group that wouldn't work without me in it. Sometimes I feel like I do this dressage thing all alone, but the reality is that it takes all five of us to get it done.
I love what these 5 Things create: a very happy family!
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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