From Endurance to Dressage
If you came here today for horses, you're out of luck, although, I might throw in a photo just to keep it interesting. Today, I want to use my space to show my students how easy it is to publish a story. Last week, we wrote science fiction narratives, and this week we're publishing and sharing. I teach a writing process that uses a detailed outline. As we complete each section of the outline we collaborate by sharing ideas and making suggestions to other students (and teacher). Here is the story my students helped me write.
The Time Traveler
With the world running out of cheap, reliable energy, the president decided to try something both dangerous and risky. He called Jessica Bond, secret agent and adventure seeker.
Late one night, Jessica was sitting in her office when her cell phone lit up; the number was from the White House. She knew that the country was facing an energy crisis, so when the president asked if she would accept a secret mission to save the world, she said yes. The president gave her the location of the country's best kept secret: there was a time machine. Jessica grabbed her gear, caught a plane, and headed to Colorado.
Not long after, Jessica landed at a secret, U.S. military base and looked for her contact, a scientist named John Galt. Without wasting any time, he took her straight to the time machine which looked like an old telephone booth. He adjusted the settings while telling Jessica that she would arrive at a lab a hundred and fifty years in the future. Once there, she would locate a box marked TOP SECRET. She was to grab the package and get back to the time machine quickly as she only had five minutes to complete her mission. If not, the time machine would return without her. He asked if she was ready, and after seeing her nod, he sent her to the year 2172.
As usual, Jessica ran into trouble the second she climbed out of the time machine. As she looked around, she noticed packages everywhere, all with the words TOP SECRET stamped across the front. Figures! thought Jessica to herself. Faced with the task of finding the right box, she quickly scanned shelf after shelf, her eyes reading TOP SECRET, TOP SECRET, TOP SECRET, 2022, TOP SECRET. Wait! What was that? Jessica asked herself. She grabbed the box marked 2022 and tore off the lid. To her surprise, the very machine she needed was bubble wrapped inside. She snapped the lid in place and glanced at her watch. She realized she only had forty-nine seconds to make it to the time machine before it left her in the year 2172. She sprinted for the door of the time machine and threw herself and her precious cargo through the doorway just as the machine roared to life. Whew! She had made it.
After delivering the package and making sure her fee had made it into her account, Jessica headed back to her office. As she leaned back in her chair, relieved that the world was once again safe, her cell phone's screen lit up with a message: URGENT!
Back to horses tomorrow ...
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%: