From Endurance to Dressage
If you are a dressage rider, you know what I am talking about. This sport's attire is designed for tall, thin people. I am not tall nor thin. I was thin for about 8 months, but that life of complete deprivation made me very lonely and unhappy. I have finally come to terms with the fact that if I want to be happy, it's going to come with a few extra pounds.
So what does that mean for a dressage competitor? It means that finding boots to fit can be somewhat of an issue. For schooling I love the TuffRider Belmont boots. They fit me perfectly every time - I've ordered at least several pairs over the past few years - I am hard on my schooling boots, especially the zippers. For show boots, I was lucky to find the Ariat Maestros, which Ariat no longer makes. I've worn them happily for more than a decade. With the recent zipper blowout and replacement, I've felt the need to replace them. Enter the Petrie Olympic Dressage Boots.
I love everything about these boots. They look rich and elegant, that inside zipper seems like a brilliant idea (haven't ridden with them, so who knows?), and the leather is sumptuous. It would have been perfect had they fit.
The Petries are back in their box. I'll be in Ventura this weekend, so I am hoping to return them in person. The fine folks at Dressage Extensions are on the hunt for a pair that will fit. The sizing chart for the Petrie boots is overwhelming, so I know they make a boot to fit me. Getting it in stock might take a while.
I guess I am not Cinderella after all.
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)
Qualifying Training Level
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