From Endurance to Dressage
The good thing is that I am not nervous at all. I am really using this show to gauge where we are at First Level. We've been schooling pretty hard, but I have no idea what the judge is expecting. I suspect that I have been schooling with Second Level in mind, so maybe we'll pull out an acceptable score.
And while this isn't a USDF show, it is CDS-rated which means my scores count for a variety of CDS incentive programs. I could earn RAAC and Championship qualifying scores even though I have no plans to actually attend either event. But still, I like to be qualified. Scores of 60% or better also count towards my 2015 plate which is important as I have yet to show this season, and as such have not earned a single score.
But really, I just want to get out there and see where we need to improve. Since I don't train regularly with a dressage trainer, shows are my way of checking in with someone in the know. What are we doing well, and what do we need to fix?
Even though I get to go later in the afternoon, it's still going to be an early morning as nothing is loaded yet, and Speedy is packing around a rather dusty coat. I also need to get gas and make the nearly hour and a half drive to Tehachapi.
Keep your fingers crossed that I stay in the saddle, that Speedy has his tests memorized, and that we both enjoy ourselves. A full write up will follow!
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%: