From Endurance to Dressage
My Five Things: I am Alive!
Reading someone's blog gives you a false sense of their life. First off, many of us edit out a lot of the stuff that goes on. I do a lot of editing to protect the privacy of those around me. I also don't like to share all of my foibles and failures. It's hard enough to live through them once - who wants to do it for eternity on the internet?
So while it might seem like I've had a busy week, rest assured that I have not. In fact, I have been installed on our living room sofa for the entire week awaiting death. I watched more Netflix this week than I have in all the years that we have had Netflix. That was number 1.
I also did a lot of texting... Number 2.
Number 3 ... I also got Izzy's SmartPak order. I am trying out a magnesium supplement to help with relaxation. My vet also thinks he might be low since he lived on grass pasture. I haven't been able to start it yet, but hopefully he'll get his first dose today.
An exciting number 4 - I firmed up my riding plans for when we go to Portugal at the end of May. I'll be riding with a very small company called Algarve Horse Riding. They only have four horses, so it will be a private ride.
And finally, a disappointing number 5 - since I am a responsible adult, I cancelled my upcoming Monday lesson. It's hard to justify taking a serious lesson when a) I haven't been on my horse since the last lesson where I didn't feel very good, b) I am still on drugs to help me breathe better, and c) I have yet to leave the house for a walk, much less a ride.
I woke up feeling much better today, so I have high hopes that I'll make it back out to the barn today. I am very much looking forward to getting back on my regular schedule. Have a great day!
4/19/2015 10:23:41 am
Thanks, Austen! I rarely get sick so this came from nowhere! I should be back to normal in the next week or so. :0)
4/19/2015 10:31:04 am
Thanks, Lauren. :0)
4/19/2015 01:40:38 pm
Thanks, Paola! The trip is still some weeks away, but I promise to share more. :0)
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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
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: