From Endurance to Dressage
I've written before about the awesome GMO that I am lucky to belong to - the California Dressage Society. It's a great organization that is completely rider focused. And even better, CDS recognizes that adult ammies and Junior/Young Riders are an integral part of the sport of dressage and works hard to provide ways for us to be acknowledged.
Just yesterday, I received an email from CDS introducing the newest Rider Award, and oh boy, am I super psyched about it.
CDS is calling it the Gem Rider Award. You can see the requirements above, but the very best thing about the award is that it is retroactive!!!! The second cool thing about the award is that I am already two thirds of the way to earning the first one, the Ruby Rider Award. Oh, sweet Jesus, I can barely contain myself.
Since this is a CDS Award program, the scores need only be earned at CDS-rated shows, not necessarily at USDF shows. I've mentioned this before, but most CDS shows are also USDF-rated, but my local chapter of CDS, Tehachapi Mountain Chapter, hosts a four-show summer series that is only CDS-rated. Since it's not a USDF show, the judging is usually a tiny bit more generous than at a USDF-rated show.
This is going to provide a great opportunity for the riders in my area to earn scores for their Gem Rider Awards. Like I said, oh, heck yeah! I am so all over this award. Now I am even more motivated to get mine and Speedy's butts up to Second Level. We've got a lot of work to do this winter!
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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