From Endurance to Dressage
Seriously. If you haven't been to the races, you need to go; it's that much fun. Hubby and I spent another day admiring lovely TBs and enjoying the scenery at Santa Anita Park this past Sunday.
I don't know if all the big tracks are as spectator friendly as is Santa Anita, but I hope so. This track is fun! You can easily make it down to the paddock area in time to actually see who you might like to bet on and be back in your seat for the race. There were several times Hubby quickly changed his bet based on what he saw.
Betting is also super easy at Santa Anita. We like to drop our cash in a voucher machine which spits out a ticket that you use like cash. You can can then drop that voucher into any betting machine and add or delete bets as you like. It reduces the need to whip cash out every time you want to make a bet.
We're hoping to get tickets for this fall's Breeder's Cup which will again be held at Santa Anita Park. Saturday was the Santa Anita Derby, a HUGE race day, but we were too late to get tickets. I did watch some of the main race on TV and saw that the winner of the Derby is now being shown as the Kentucky Derby favorite. I love his name: California Chrome.
I think we'll be back for more Thoroughbred racing at Santa Anita!
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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