From Endurance to Dressage
I am probably the last equestrian to be aware of Netflix's Heartland. At the beginning of the summer, I blew through one of Netflix's other horse shows, Free Rein. Based on my review, someone suggested I watch Heartland. Damn, you, whoever you are! I am now hooked!!!!
I watched the first episode of season one and rolled my eyes and harrumphed at the lack of helmets, but then I watched episode two, and three, and eight ... and then I realized I was hooked.
The show is just so darn compelling. There's a lot I hate: 15 year-old girl takes over her mom's horse business while in high school (rrrriiiggghhhttt), family on the brink of financial ruin saved by said 15 year-old (uh-huh), and so on.
There's even more that I love though. Ty Borden. And ... Ty Borden. Oh, yeah, did I mention Ty Borden? That guy is a hottie, and he's like half my age! Frankly, I've been watching pretty much for his flavor of eye candy.
Season two rolled out with some interesting story lines (Ty leaves, a new ranch hand shows up, a show jumping stint, cattle rustlers, and horse thieves) and some new characters, some of whom I wish would take a hike (Kit!), and others I adore (cutie pie Jake).
Season three is calling my name for sure. I Googled the future of the show and saw that season nine was released on Netflix only this June, and season ten should be available on Netflix in 2018. It aired in Canada in October 2016. Season 11 also seems to have received a green light.
Since school has started, my absolute control over the remote is gone - there was no one to argue with in the middle of the day while my husband was at work. Now that TV viewing is limited to an hour or so in the evening after work, barn, and dinner, Heartland will have to be limited to a weekend pleasure. Thanksgiving and winter break are just around the corner though ...
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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