From Endurance to Dressage
I might have forgotten to mention that I have a show this morning. My goals are simple: have fun, don't get hurt, and earn scores above 60%.
I'll be in Tehachapi which is a little over an hour away. I ride at 7:58 a.m. so I have to leave the house pretty darn early. Poor Speedy's not going to know what hit him!
I am a bit anxious about the early ride time since it will be pretty cool in Tehachapi. Speedy is normally very well behaved at this venue, but the cool morning air might give him some extra energy, hence the don't get hurt goal.
This is a CDS show, but I already have my qualifying scores for September's Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) so I don't feel any pressure to earn a certain score. It's not a USDF show so I can't earn any scores toward my USDF Riding Performance Award. Even though I don't need them, I still want to earn scores over 60% since my mind is now on doing well at RAAC.
Wish us well, and I'll let you know how we do.
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%: