From Endurance to Dressage
Since the show season is officially over, for me anyway, it's time to start preparing for next season.
I haven't even started looking at which shows I'll attend, mostly because I need to get this new horse thing situated first. On that note, I am actively searching and emailing sellers about prospects. I rode an American Warmblood (TB x Morgan cross) the other day and rode a Zweibrucker (Ideal grandson) yesterday. More on all of that as I have something to report.
The point is that until I know how much I am spending on a new horse, I don't want to commit to any big shows. That doesn't mean I can't get organized though. I still have my memberships to pay for this weekend, but the next project is to get my show binder in order.
From the very first show I did back in the summer of 2010, I had a show folder. Even that was too much space for what I put in it - a day sheet. I never thought I'd have enough show stuff to fill a folder, much less an entire binder! Who knew?
The front of my binder carries my three Whinny Widgets, which can now be tossed. I've ordered the new First Level book, but it's not here yet. I also keep all of my membership cards in an envelope in the same pocket.
I keep five tabs in my binder ...
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%: