From Endurance to Dressage
I've written about my USDF Group Member Organization (GMO) at least 5,000 times already. The California Dressage Society (CDS) really and truly cares about its membership and is always looking for new ways to motivate riders and reward their efforts. Last week, CDS launched a freshly re-designed website AND a new award.
As of now, the list of CDS awards that riders can already earn include:
Horses may earn the award at Training through Grand Prix. In order to earn the award, the horse must earn 6 scores of 60% or better at Training through Fourth Level. The horse needs 3 scores of 60% or higher for Prix St Georges, Intermediate, or Grand Prix. Of course there is also the requirement that the rider must be a CDS member in good standing, and the horse must be registered with CDS ($10 annually or $100 lifetime).
Because the award is being announced so late in the season, scores earned earlier this year will count as long as the horse is registered with CDS. I dropped my registration in the mail yesterday. Speedy has five qualifying scores at Second Level already. He just needs one more. I am hopeful that we'll get it this weekend.
The awards that CDS and USDF offer are a big deal for me. I don't care about ribbons, but I do need something to aim for; it keeps me focused. We might not be earning high scores this season, but we're meeting goals and checking off boxes. I don't know if Speedy needs the proverbial dangling carrot, but I sure do.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%