From Endurance to Dressage
It's All Good! (click to enlarge)
Happy New Year!
Lori O., the only photographer who has ever made Speedy and me look good (more on that soon), shared this clever idea just before Christmas. Every time something good happens during 2013, you're supposed to note it on a small piece of paper and deposit it into a jar where it will be read at the end of the year. I made five of the jars and shared them with four friends. The top of the jar reads, It's All Good!
A recent ride on both boys could fill the jar with all the many ways they were good to me. Sydney was happy and working so nicely. I actually enjoyed every moment of the ride and had a grin from ear to ear during the left lead canter.
Speedy was simply FANTASTIC. We worked on three-loop serpentines, turns up the center-line, turns at C, and 20-meter circles. I couldn't believe how easy it all was. He felt so put together. After a few different patterns, I came up the center-line for a fabulous halt at X. That is going in the jar!
We finished up with walk to canter transitions. I only needed to do one in each direction; they were that good. That is also going in the jar.
I can't wait to read all of these little moments of happiness next December. What will be in your jar?
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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