From Endurance to Dressage
On Friday, I wrote about the beginnings of our new "Equestrian Lounge," if you can call a table and chairs a lounge. Over the weekend, we made some good progress, but it's not finished yet. After hauling over an old table from the ranch's back yard and even older chairs from all over the ranch, I got to thinking about getting some better chairs. As soon as that thought crossed my mind, I realized that I could get a new patio table and chairs at home, and take our old stuff out to the barn.
Other than being beige, there's nothing wrong with my table and chairs. The glass isn't cracked and none of the chairs are frayed. But. The truth is, our whole back yard and patio is nothing but the color of Café au lait - otherwise known as beige. I thought about it for less than a minute and realized that our patio set is getting older, and we're ready for something with a bit more color. I placed an order with Home Depot.
With a click here and a click there, a new table and chairs were on the way. I was able to pick up the table on Saturday which meant the old table is already at the barn. Four pretty new chairs should be here in about ten days. I ordered them in red, or as Home Depot calls it, Chili Red. When they get here, the old chairs will join the table out at the ranch.
In the meantime, I ordered a few other things for our lounge. Such as ...
When I went to Home Depot to pick up the table, I stopped by the gardening shop to buy some plants to fill in our "Zen Rock Garden." My thumbs aren't particularly green, but when properly motivated, I can usually keep something alive.
We added some succulents as well and then built a border all around our Equestrian lounge with the river rocks.
Then I raked and raked and raked to remove as many of the dead leaves and fallen sticks as possible. I doubt it will ever again be swept this clean, but for now it looks pretty inviting.
Once my new chairs arrive, I'll take the old chairs out to the ranch. For now, I am thinking of keeping both tables and chairs. We have the space, and who knows when we might throw a garden party.
While the lounge isn't finished yet, the bones are definitely there. With the new chairs and decorations, it's going to actually look like something. My husband surprised me by bringing lunch out on Sunday. It was really pleasant eating at the table and sitting on a real chair rather than hunched over an old tire with my lunch on my lap - something I've done plenty of times before.
It might not be a glamorous lounge, but it's the perfect lounge for us. Stay tuned for more!
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
8/7-8 SCEC (***)
10/30-31 SCEC (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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