From Endurance to Dressage
I don't mind putting it in the washer, and I don't even object to transferring it to the dryer. It's the final step of laundry that I hate doing - taking it out of the dryer. It's the same with the dishwasher. I'll load that puppy all day long and happily get it started, but when it comes time to unload it, I am usually hiding out somewhere far, far away.
There is one type of laundry though that brings me great joy. I adore washing saddle pads and other barn items. This weekend I washed my boot rags. I keep of pile of old rags near my boots that I use to wipe off dust and to polish my tack. The rags have certainly seen better days, but there is a still a difference between a dirty rag and a clean one.
I happily folded these towels and tucked them in between my boots and spurs and my leather cleaning/conditioning arsenal. Just looking at the neatly folded stack brings me joy. By the week's end the pile will be topsy turvy and covered with dust, but for at least one afternoon I got to enjoy clean towels that smelled of Tide and Bounce.
What odd little thing brings you joy at the barn?
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%: