From Endurance to Dressage
Outside the window ...
Saturday: I am enjoying a horse free day. I am snuggled under a fleecy blanket. There is an empty mug of hot chocolate on the table, and I have a pile of horse related items by my side: the 2012 USDF Member Guide, my Whinny Widgets, the USDF DVD, On the Levels, and my ipod. I am feeling no guilt.
After several months filled with long work hours, shows, lessons, and a barn move I decided that I needed a weekend at our cabin away from riding, barn commitments, and household chores. Hubby agreed. I tend to be very driven (really?) and find it hard to take time to just sit around and be. Be still. Be quiet. Be relaxed. Be in the moment.
So here I sit. Outside the window I see forest, damp earth, and low slung clouds. Inside I hear only the sounds of heat warming up the cold walls. It's quiet. I feel tension draining away. My shoulders are dropping, my breathing is deepening, and my thoughts are quieting.
I will remember this moment the next time I slide into the saddle.
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%: