From Endurance to Dressage
Scooping poop can put me in a Zen-like state like nothing else can. It has to be horse poop though; dog poop is disgusting. When I have had a stressful day, cleaning a stall will clear away the mental trash with each forkful of manure that lands in the cart. Skimming the pool has almost the same effect.
It was really hot last week, and none of us are used to working in it yet. Even our low temperatures were close to breaking record high lows - confusing, I know. It's normally not that warm in the morning at this time of year. By mid-July, 97 with a low of 67 will be a very good day. In late April, it was enough to send me home instead of to the barn.
Not one to just sit around though. I grabbed the skimmer and went to work slowly and methodically ridding my brain of the mental trash that had piled up. Skimming Yellow Dog's hair can take all day long, especially since she adds more hair after every lap I make around the pool.
When I felt free of all my mental debris, I took a few minutes to admire the view and fill my soul with happiness. Scooping poop or skimming dog hair were just what the doctor ordered.
And okay, I was also trying to fix that equestrian tan I've got going on.
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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