From Endurance to Dressage
I wasn't going to post anything today as I really need to get my butt in gear. I need to be on the road to the Ventura area in a few hours, but I have a million errands to run before I can leave. Even so, I wanted to share tomorrow's ride times with you.
I am over-nighting at White Birch, which is a funny thing to do for a schooling show! In order to make the long drive worth it, I always catch a lesson with Chemaine the night before. So if you're interested, I'll be riding with Chemaine at around 4:45 in White Birch's covered arena (yah for lights!) this afternoon.
Afterwards, I am getting together with Sarah (of Eventing in Color) for dinner. She is just the coolest person. She has such a peaceful way about her that I always feel as though I've taken a deep, relaxing breath when I've visited with her. Just the thing to do before making one's First Level debut!
Speaking of which, I will be riding First Level Test 1 at 10:32 and Test 2 at 1:10. If you're in the Ventura area, come and hang out. The show is a pretty big one (for a schooling show). Rides start at 7:22 and go all the way until 5:22. There are over 75 rides; that's a long day for our judge!
Have a great weekend, and I'll see you all on Monday!
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%: