From Endurance to Dressage
Mudgrips - white-tip
Well, I don't have a cigar sticking out of my face, and my smirk probably isn't that obnoxious, but the rest of it probably describes Blue Truck pretty well.
It's been a while since I've done a Blue Truck update. BT's still going strong, but I'll admit that I still keep wishing and hoping for a newer version. Until I win the lottery, BT will have to do.
To keep Blue Truck in tip top shape, I do bi-annual "spa" visits, one in June and the other in December. This particular visit took two days and generated more of a bill than usual.
Day One included a visit to Big O Tires for wiper blades, a tire rotation, and new brake pads and rotors. I don't know how often you've had to replace your pads and rotors, but I've had BT so long that this is the second time I've had to have that particular job done. The last time was ten years ago. Total cost for wiper blades, brake pads, and rotors: $518.47
I brought BT home for the night so that I could tackle the rest of the maintenance the next morning. Before it got dark though, I dragged out the shop vac and a hot bucket of water and gave the inside a thorough scrub and vacuum. The next morning, Day Two, we went through the car wash. Total cost for cleaning/vacuuming at home and exterior car wash: $6.00
Filling up with gas is not only super expensive, it's a big tank and BT uses gas like nobody's business - a dismal 8 mpg, but most neighborhood stations aren't equipped to handle a truck and trailer combo. Since I leave the truck parked at the barn (usually already hooked up), I tend to get gas out on the highway at one of the larger stations when I leave for a show. This means that I always pay at least thirty cents more per gallon. Since I was trailer-free for the weekend, I squeezed BT into the corner station and filled up for only $2.30 a gallon! Total cost to fill up: $49.61
After filling up BT's tank, I drove over to my favorite oil change place and got that taken care of as well. The guys at Branson Express Lube are always super fast, thorough, and very honest. They never sell me services that BT doesn't need, but I can trust them to tell me what does need to get done. for this trip, I got lucky. All BT needed was the oil change. Total cost: $46.61
I really love having my own truck and trailer, and frankly, I couldn't go back to depending on someone else to haul me around - mostly because there isn't a "someone else." So while maintenance on a vehicle that isn't my daily driver adds up, it's worth the price, especially since I don't have a car payment.
So what did Blue Truck cost me this month? A tidy little $620.69. Less than a truck payment, but enough for a show. Good thing there aren't a lot of December shows!
How did you spend your December show budget?
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%