From Endurance to Dressage
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I blogged about Road ID Bracelets two years ago, but maybe I need to share again.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this product!
What is it? Road ID bracelets were originally designed for runners, but the product is now marketed to all outdoor enthusiasts. You don't even have to be "outdoorsy;" you just need a heartbeat. There are many styles to choose from, but basically you inscribe the replaceable metal dog tag with anything that you want. For mine, I've added basic emergency contact stuff, the fact that I am an organ donor, and a request to look for my dog or horse if I'm found unconscious. I'll let you check out their site yourself to see the variety of products they offer. You can click my photo for a closer view.
Needing a new color!
Here's what I use, and how ...
I actually have four of these ID bracelets. The one that's pictured is the one that I use for daily riding, schooling, or trail work. The bracelet stays on my helmet chin strap ready to wear with my gloves tucked inside. When I grab my helmet, I strap on the bracelet, slip on my gloves, and I am ready to go. When the bracelets get too gross, I re-order in a new color. The "dog tag" can be removed and replaced on a different bracelet. I had to reorder a "dog tag" this past summer when Hubby got a new cell phone number. The pink was pretty bright when it first arrived, but it's turned into a dingy shade that isn't very easy to see on my wrist. The things are so well made however, that I have to re-order before they wear out.
The bracelets are so comfortable that I wore one for two solid weeks in Peru and didn't even know I had it on. I took it off only to shower and sleep. I wore it again in 20ll for another two weeks while we traveled through Great Britain. It will serve for at least yet another trip this summer while we vacation in Belize. My travel bracelet has my passport number, my name and birthdate, and my husband's name as my traveling partner. Silly, I know, but international travel can be dangerous, and I am slightly worried that I'll be in a bombing, or other terrorist-inspired disaster. If I'm knocked out, I want emergency responders to at least know who I am traveling with and which country I am from!
I have another riding bracelet that stays with my show helmet. Since it's black, it blends in with my coat and doesn't interfere with my show ready "look." When I fill out my show premiums, I always add rider wears emergency ID bracelet below the emergency contact number. The fourth bracelet stays inside my running shoes. When I go for a run, I strap it on, tie my shoes, and go.
Two, slightly funny stories about the Road ID bracelets ...
When we were in Peru, EVERY hotel had to have our passport numbers. I realized that I didn't even have to take my passport out of my hidden money belt because the number was written on the bracelet. VERY convenient. Hubby didn't have a bracelet so he did have to haul his passport out for every check-in; at each hotel, he glared and asked why I hadn't ordered him one!
In the summer of 2010, I had a pretty big wreck with Speedy G. I was thrown into a pipe fence and knocked out briefly. Needless to say I was very disoriented and not thinking too straight. The barn manager and his wife needed to call my husband for an ER run, but I couldn't remember his cell or work numbers. I also forgot that the number was right there on my wrist! I guess the thing only works if you're knocked out and OTHER people check you over for ID or injuries!
It was Yozo's Mom who turned me on to the Road ID products AND who gave me the idea to keep the bracelet on the helmet. Smart rider! I never ride without it.
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
8/7-8 SCEC (***)
10/30-31 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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