From Endurance to Dressage
Ah... The best day of the week.
It rained here on Wednesday, a pretty rare event. We only get fewer than six inches a year here in Bakersfield, and it rained over half an inch ... in October? Freakishly weird.
Except it wasn't. I alone am responsible for ending last year's drought. It rained every time I planned to attend a show last year. And guess what Wednesday was? Yep, you guessed. It was lesson day. The morning started with heavy rain, but by noon it was absolutely gorgeous. At 4:45 p.m., as I was saddling, enormous black clouds covered the sky. I rode over to JL's anyway. At 5:05 p.m. the thunder began it's song, the wind began to whip the trees, and the clouds began to loosen their grip on the heavy drops of rain that they harbored. It began to pour. Dejected, I rode back to the barn with rain cascading off my helmet. I unsaddled. By 5:30, the clouds had moved on and the sun shine brightly. The storm had passed. Crap.
We rescheduled the lesson for Saturday. No rain is in sight and the footing is now perfect. Maybe someone upstairs loves me after all!
Have a great day!
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%: