From Endurance to Dressage
Rain, Rain, DON'T Go Away!
Bakersfield's season total stands at 3.00 inches. Yes, you read that correctly. We've had only three inches of rain this winter. And the odd thing is that nearly two of those inches came during October and November and the final inch came last weekend on the day before the official start of spring. I don't think it rained any measurable amount during the actual official winter months. It's raining today. It's just a drizzle right now, but more is predicted.
Rainy days are great for busy boarders because they give you (me) time to clean tack, groom without feeling rushed, and then still have time to take care of your other life. The life where laundry needs folding, groceries need to be purchased, and other errands accomplished. I have a lesson at 1:00 today, the first one in nearly a month, but I am fine with having a rainy day instead. Since rain was predicted, yesterday I packed nearly everything I might need for next weekend's show. I have a few things yet to gather, (braiding materials, people food, and chains and hooks) but I am pretty ready to head out of town. And as a bonus, ride times have been tentatively posted. I feel lucky since my Saturday times are after lunch. Now I don't have to figure out how to bathe and braid at 6:00 a.m. I'll be able to get Speedy G cleaned up and braided without having to rush. I might even get to eat a meal or two before showing instead of starving like I usually do. Sunday's times are also a bit late which means that I'll get home later than planned, but it's okay since I have the whole next week off!
Packing up for the show ... Click photos for captions and larger views.
Trying to muster sympathy for your "rain day", and (sorry!) failing miserably. I don't know how many inches of rain we've gotten since January. Gallons is a better measuring device, anyhow!
3/31/2012 12:22:09 am
We both wish you could send some of yours down our way. You've had plenty and we're parched!
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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.
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