From Endurance to Dressage
Especially if it's on or near a horse. Case in point:
That used to be a fairly nice Roma sheepskin half pad. I know it wasn't a top of the line model, but it was quite luxurious. I am going to cut Roma some slack. I've owned this half pad for six years, and I bought it used. It's been used on four different horses since I've owned it. Who knows how many more it sat upon before them.
I will say that its demise can be largely attributed to Izzy's prolific sweating. That dude is worse than a seventeen year old teenaged boy. He sweats clean through his dressage pad which means that the half pad got washed a lot more frequently this summer than it has in the past.
It always came out of the wash feeling soft and fluffy. Recently however, small clumps have been falling out of it. On Sunday, I decided to order a new one just as I threw the old one into the washing machine. When I pulled it out, this is what it looked like. I'd say it lived a long and productive life.
As always, Riding Warehouse had just what I needed. I ordered the Fleeceworks Half Pad for just under $100. But you know I couldn't just order that. I threw in some bell boots, and then because Izzy is so destructive, I ordered another lead rope.
I've blogged about my lead rope snobbery many times before. I am pretty picky about the feel of a lead rope, but I've found the RJ Yacht Rope 12 Foot Leads to be just about perfect.
Poor Speedy never gets anything new because he's so gentle with his stuff. Not Izzy - I just noticed this the other day.
These are/were heavily textured rubber reins. They are no longer pebbled, and they will soon cease to be rubber covered. It's a pity because I adore these and can't replace them. They came with my Micklem Bridle.
I don't know which reins I'll end up with, but I know what's next on my replacement list ...
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%