From Endurance to Dressage
Recipe for an Old Fashioned ...
It has been a long week, but it seems as though they're all long. On Wednesday, it felt like Thursday all day, so today somehow feels like Monday. I am all messed up! I did ride a few days this week though. On Monday, we had horribly high winds that caused hazardous blowing dust. Our air quality hit 500 which is nearly as high as the gauge goes. I didn't ride that day.
I did ride on Tuesday and Wednesday, but not yesterday. I just had too many loose ends that simply had to be tied up. I serve on two different community boards, and both are having social events and elections. Instead of riding, I came home to do some middle aged adulting which is different from getting your bills paid or calling your mom. Middle age has some great financial benefits, but they come at a cost. Somebody has to do the work.
When we visited Tennessee this past summer, I discovered that I really like whiskey. I've always been a red wine type of girl, but no longer. My go-to Friday night let-it-all-go drink is now a whiskey Old Fashioned. If you're looking for a way to celebrate the end of a long week, might I suggest the following?
Whiskey Old Fashioned
After my ride this afternoon, I can guarantee there will be one or two of these bad boys in my future.
Enjoy your weekend!
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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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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Third Level: 62.105%
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