From Endurance to Dressage
As it turns out, I wasn't feeling as well as I thought I was. On Monday night, I suffered a relapse and was forced to go back to the doctor (for the fourth time!!!!). That meant I was stuck at home for two more days. I am back at work today. I only hope that it's for real this time.
I got sick during my weeklong Thanksgiving break which was a big fat bummer. But on the other hand, I didn't have to use up as many paid sick days. In total, this little bug has forced me to miss 11 work days outside of the 2 I wasted while on vacation. When I got back to school the first time, the kids asked me what I had done for more than two weeks. My reply: thank goodness for the internet and a credit card.
Any other year I would have been hooked on the daily deals from places like the Riding Warehouse or Smartpack. I always give my husband a long Christmas wish list by about Thanksgiving. This year though, I realized that there just isn't anything I need right now. Of course, by about mid-January, long after the deals have expired, I will need everything under the sun.
The truth is, I just bought two of the most expensive tack purchases we can make: a new to me saddle and a pair of boots. Since I haven't made any discipline changes or acquired any new horses, my current tack is serving me well. So instead of giving my husband a horsey wish list, I asked if we could do some furniture shopping for Christmas. Once he green-lighted the table and chairs that I found, boredom got the best of me, and I added new bedding, a side table, and some new wall art.
I know this is impossible to visualize, so here is what it will look like.
Normally, we have a large buffet beneath the window in our bar area. When we put the Christmas tree up, we moved the buffet over by the dining table. Once we take down the tree, the table and chairs will go in that space. I am calling it my cocktail table as it is the perfect place to sit in the evenings with a drink. The view of the lake is really pretty from right there.
While still in good shape, the comforter in my bedroom had been there since some of you all were in high school. It needed updating ...
The same could be said of the bedding in my spare bedroom, so I ordered a new comforter and pillows for that room too. In fact, that room hadn't had much done to it at all. We call it the dog room because we have these really funny pictures of the dogs framed on the walls. I ordered two new pictures as well as a new bedside table.
Honestly, I can't afford to be sick for even one more day. Nesting is costly business. Either that, or someone needs to come over and cut my internet feed. In all honesty, I am looking forward to actually working for a living!
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%