From Endurance to Dressage
I know you were expecting some horse show news, but since I knew I would be T-I-R-E-D, I prepared this post instead. Show news tomorrow ...
I think it was some time ago, but Lauren moved to Texas and now writes a really creative blog about a variety of things, usually about her OTTB Simon. The other day she wrote about equestrian themed horse decor for your home and shared some ideas about re-purposing your horse show ribbons. You can read about it here.
I had been complaining about the massive pile of ribbons in my office at home just the day or so before I read Lauren's post. Perfect timing on her part! I really like getting ribbons, and it's easy when there are only one or two riders in the class, but seriously, the pile had gotten out of control. I had them hanging from framed prints, a book shelf, and photos. Lately, I have just been depositing them straight to the floor.
After seeing Lauren's post, I pulled all the ribbons down and made some kind of organized heap on the floor.
I remembered that I have a variety of clear vases in my pantry so I dug one of those out and started filling it with ribbons. The ribbon pile shrank a little bit, but I realized I either needed a HUGE vase, or several different ways to display the ribbons. I saw a little basket sitting in my desk's hutch so I emptied it out and stuffed ribbons in it, too.
It's actually an easy project. I folded up the tails of the ribbons and tucked them under the metal clip. I know it would have been easier to cut the rosettes off, but this way my ribbons are still intact. If you try this, it works easier with wide jars or vases. Here is how I decided to display them (for now).
Since the unused pile of ribbon's was still quite large, I drove over to Michael's, an arts and crafts store. I bought a large jar with a lid, better to keep dust out, and began stuffing it with ribbons. The ribbon pile is still pretty big, so I may go get one more jar. Michael's had this really pretty apothecary jar that was HUGE, but at $30, I am not sure I liked it that much. I'll wait and see how much I like my current display. Here is the second jar.
I placed the jar on small book shelf that holds my horse books and photo albums. There is also an early photo of Speedy and me showing.
I still have 28 ribbons, not counting the ones I won yesterday. If you have some easy ideas for repurposing show ribbons, please share! I am a bit arts and crafts challenged, so a picture is very helpful. Please feel free to email me photos of your own projects.
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%