From Endurance to Dressage
It's not a huge deal or anything, but qualifying for the California Dressage Society Championships was one of my goals this year, and we did it!
To qualify for the CDS Championships at Training Level as an Adult Amateur, the rider must earn 5 scores of 63% or better from 4 different judges from CDS rated (or CDS/USDF/USEF rated) shows.
We earned our scores throughout the year, and even though I won't be going to the show, it makes me feel good that we at least qualified. The show is this weekend, but it's just too far away. I would have had to take several days off from work, and as a teacher, September is the one month that I really need to be at work.
I am okay with missing it this year as we wouldn't have been competitive enough to make the time and expense worth the trip. Next year though might be a different story!
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%: