From Endurance to Dressage
Well sort of. It's Kern River's Ride-a-Test. I did one last October. You get 15 minutes to do pretty much whatever you'd like with a "judge" to give you feedback. In this case, it's Judge Mary, a USDF L Program Graduate.
I am riding Speedy G at 10:45 - Training Level test 1. I am riding Sydney at 1:00 - Introductory Level test C.
I was busy after work on Friday evening. Even though it's not an official show, I like to treat it as such just to keep myself prepared. So, I dug out my show stuff: pad, boots, helmets, gloves, etc. I also gave all of my tack a thorough cleaning.
This should probably be a whole nother post, but since I am on the topic ... I just discovered both of these products. Wow! That Passier Lederbalsam is something else! It made my leather really soft, and it smells lovely, too! The Effax combi stuff is also a great leather cleaner/conditioner. If you're looking for new leather cleaning/conditioning products, these are great!
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%: