From Endurance to Dressage
I rarely share stuff that's not horse related, but this was just so much fun that I can't resist!
My husband and I have been together for almost 24 years (we started dating in November 1990 and were married in the summer of 1994). Even after so many years, we spend a lot of time together. We travel, we go on dates, we eat dinner together every night, we laugh, he still brings me flowers, he still brings me random treats because I might like them, and on and on. He's a great guy who lets me just be myself and follow my own dreams. He also understands my horse thing and supports it where he can.
I am not a very impulsive person, okay, I am not impulsive at all, but I really wanted to do something fun and spontaneous for him for Valentine's Day. So about mid-week, I told Hubby that we had to pick up his gift very early on Saturday morning. By Friday night, I was bursting with excitement. Mostly because I had kept a secret, and I knew his gift was going to be a big surprise!
We loaded up bottles of water and the dog, and headed out on the hour drive to his "retrieve" his gift. My husband is pretty smart though, and with no hints from me, guessed where we were going. I was taking him skydiving!
With only an hour's worth of notice, Hubby suited up, went through a brief training, and did a tandem skydive from over 10,000 feet [post-publish edit]!
Hubby had a great time and even said he'd do it again. If you live in this part of California and are interested in skydiving, give Skydive Taft a call; they're a very friendly group and seemed genuinely interested in making your dive fun and safe.
Lelo, hubby's instructor, shot the photos and video.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%