From Endurance to Dressage
At one time, I wished my husband was into horses. I was okay that he didn't want to ride, but I was envious of the wives whose husbands willingly came to shows to schlepp buckets and to video rides. I am over that now. I've discovered that it's far better to have a spouse who says yes. All the time. Every time. No questions asked.
There are no arguments about which shows I attend or how long I'll be gone. And actually, there are times when he looks at my small suitcase and asks where I am going. He gets it; riding is a very big part of who I am, and he's okay with that. And while I cover all of the expenses for the horses, he probably covers more than his fair share of our household expenses which is a form of support that I appreciate more than getting a video now and then.
He's definitely a keeper.
Late last week, several large boxes appeared in my dining room. My husband is into cars and trucks and frequents an online Raptor forum; it's sort of like COTH, same level of crazy, just a different topic. You've probably never seen a Raptor, but they're built by Ford; he's on his second one. Anyway, he's into accessorizing his truck, and since he seems to have run out of stuff to change on his own vehicle, he's moved onto my new car.
I don't mind!
The big boxes were filled with floor liners custom made for Juke. These are a barn girl's dream come true! The liners for the front of the cab are made like a drip pan - the sides come up to prevent mud or water from running into the carpet.
To clean the liners, all I need to do is vacuum and wipe with a damp cloth. The liners also lift out easily, so if they're particularly gunky, I can haul them out and hose them off. In the past, I've laid a beach towel on the floor to protect the carpet, but that method does not work. At all.
When the first box arrived, I was delighted by the thoughtful gift, but then I found out he had also ordered a cargo liner. What's a girl to do?!?! As soon as it was installed, I exclaimed, "now I can buy feed without messing up my car!" My husband's response: "I know, that's why I bought it."
Said by a true horse husband ...
Thank you, honey (says a very grateful wife!).
You can check out the floor and cargo liners at WeatherTech.
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
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