From Endurance to Dressage
Happy New Year! I feel obligated to do one of those year in review posts, although January 1st seems kind of late. In any case, here's a brief look at 2011. Click photos for a larger view.
I decided to buy a real pair of dressage boots, although it was several months before I actually wore them. I turned 40. Speedy saw the chiropractor, and I worried about a random lameness for several weeks.
Taz's Mom and I made our annual trek to the Equine Affaire in Pomona. Future Pomona events have been cancelled, but a different organization is taking over the date and will put on a similar event. I launched the blog. We did our first stretchy trot, and I started viewing Speedy G as an official dressage horse and no longer considered him my endurance horse.
It rained a lot. The first show of the season was cancelled due to the heavy rains. Speedy G got lots of turn out time, and I started riding him bareback.
We finally made it to a show. It was only a schooling show, but we earned the show high point as well as the third highest score of the day. Both scores were over 70%. I took two lessons with Leslie Webb which was the first time I rode for a name brand trainer. I squeezed in three other lessons with my then Coach. Speedy turned seven.
I spent the entire month worrying that Speedy was lame. It started out with me being worried about the Arab Club's triple-rated dressage show ... which we ultimately BOMBED! There's a great video here. I simply worried at him enough that in the days before the show he WAS lame. During some stretching exercises, I lifted and stretched a foreleg and heard a very audible and startling POP! I inadvertently gave my pony a chiropractic adjustment, but he was sound afterward. ... Until he violently pulled a shoe one week later. He pulled it so hard that he was very lame for three or four days. A week or two later he was back to normal.
... Just in time for EHV-1 to hit. Another show was cancelled and virtually every barn in California was on lockdown for more than a month.
Busy, busy month! Our trip to the United Kingdom came at a good time since EHV-1 had everyone's horses stuck at home. As soon as we got back, Speedy G and I hit the first of the Tehachapi shows (both scores above 60%). I also bought Sydney and a few days later, my new saddle.
This month was all about showing Speedy G and getting to know Sydney. During turnout, Speedy G whacked himself (haven't forgotten bell boots since!) and was pretty sore for a couple of days. I also started lessons with JL.
I crammed in as many rides as possible in August because school started back up partway through the month. My lessons with JL became weekly when I moved to RM's barn. We also showed at the third Tehachapi show.
Back to work, hot weather, and just riding ponies ... that just about sums up this month. I showed Speedy at the fourth Tehachapi show, rode each week with JL, and got to know Bounder and RM.
October was just as jammed-packed as every other month. I took Sydney to the Kern River CDS Ride-a-Test where he performed brilliantly. Speedy got the flu and had to spend a few days at the vet hospital, but he bounced back quickly and did an absolutely fantastic job at a triple-rated show in Clovis (72.5%).
Fall was quite warm in Bakersfield so our riding season continued. We enjoyed continued weekly lessons. Sydney pulled a shoe at the beginning of Thanksgiving vacation, and Speedy G made it to one more show, this time here in Bakersfield. And to top the month off, we rode for Peggy Klump after the show. That was a serious morale booster!
No shows this month, but we did lots of riding. We continued riding every Wednesday with JL and then schooled throughout the week on our own. Speedy G and I were crowned Ventura County Chapter Champions for Introductory Level and were given some nice prizes for the honor. RM and I did a moonlight ride to see the lights at CALM, and I got to see what being the main pooper scooper felt like!
2011 Is Officially Over
When you put it that way, I had a fantastic year! I live a very blessed life and savor each and every day. I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us!
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%: