From Endurance to Dressage
Bakersfield may not be as wide as Texas, but it sure is long!
We left Bakersfield by 7:00 a.m. to make the 300-mile round trip to Horse Expo yesterday. Last weekend I drove to Moorpark which is on the coast just north of Los Angeles, another 300 or so mile round trip. Next weekend, I'll be driving to Hansen Dam which is slightly closer, but it's still more than two hours away. A standing joke here in Bakersfield is that you can get somewhere interesting in about 2 hours: skiing, boating, beach, horse shows ...
Horse Expo this year didn't start out with the bang we were expecting, but it did get better and better as we rolled through the day. We spent the first few hours shopping, but when we realized that the number of buildings with vendors had been reduced to only two, we worried that we might be heading home before noon. As the shopping opportunities dwindled, we decided to take an early lunch and re-examine what the clinic and demonstration schedule looked like. I am so glad we did because spent the next 5 hours listening and watching two great clinicians and cocking an eyebrow in concern over a third.
I can't wait to share more about the clinicians, but it's going to have to wait a day or so. I have a ginormous list of things to accomplish today before we head over to a Superbowl party so I'll leave you with a photo of my very small pile of purchases. The shopping wasn't quite as good at the 2013 Pomona Horse Expo as it usually is, but I still managed to pick up a few supplies. See you tomorrow.
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%: