From Endurance to Dressage
Uh-oh! I just realized that I wasn't very clear about my reason for wanting to blog. Let me start by saying that I DO NOT like attention. I hate putting myself "out there." Just a week or so ago, my boss asked me to do a presentation to my coworkers about a technique I am using at work. Sure, I said. The whole time I was speaking, and these are people that I eat lunch with EVERY DAY, my hands were shaking and my mouth was stuffed with cotton. Let me say it one more time ... I REALLY don't like attention.
I know that's what you're saying with a very skeptical look on your face.
Then please explain.
So here it is: I really like dressage, and I want everyone else to like dressage just as much as I do. I want people to see that it is FUN and accessible for even the most beginner rider! That's one reason for the blog.
I like to write almost as much as I like to ride! Writing and riding are my two favorite therapies. I have been keeping a journal about my equestrian adventures since the mid-1990s and am on the second volume of a book that contains OVER one hundred pages. How much better can it get than to write about riding? That's a second reason for the blog.
I am on a journey of ... discovery sounds so corny, but there it is. I am leaving the endurance world behind and embracing a whole new style of riding. I have felt like a total moron for the last year as my brain and body have had to really stretch to take in so much new information. I think that transition is an interesting topic to discuss, and I hope you'll join me in the conversation. That's a third reason for the blog.
I am sure that I will realize other reasons for blogging as I go, but for now, that's why I started the blog. Please feel free to comment!
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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