From Endurance to Dressage
I think I am done for the season. There is a schooling show in October that I have considered for Sydney, but I am not sure we'll be ready. I am going to see how the next couple of weeks go before I decide. Speedy is finished for sure (I think!). The CDS Championship Show, always a HUGE show, is in a couple of weeks, and even though we're qualified to go, I just can't justify the expense.
Lois Quinn, the trainer in Tehachapi, has encouraged me to do a Susanne von Dietze clinic in mid-October which is being arranged by Ulf Wadeborn. Both are pretty big name riders/trainers, but Lois assures me that I would get a lot out of the clinic as Susanne has a lot of experience in physiotherapy so she focuses on helping the rider use her body more effectively. When I have my lesson on Monday, I'll talk to Lois about the clinic again. I don't think I'll go though as I just got word that Christian Schacht will be back in December.
SInce I know I love Christian's style of teaching, I think my money would better spent taking both boys to ride with him. It would be an expensive weekend, at least $700, but if I got four lessons out of it, two on each boy, I think I would come home with some really valuable information.
This was a busy show season. Here's a quick recap:
I now have several months to think about what my goals are for 2014. Getting Sydney working in the show ring is obviously high on my list as in competing at First Level on Speedy. I know that when we get greedy in our wants and wishes, life has a tendency of knocking us down a peg or two so I don't want to get too wild in my plans for the upcoming show season.
I think I'll sit back for a couple of months and just enjoy what I've got going right now. I think all three of us could use a bit of a break over the fall. With that, I am heading out to the barn for a ride.
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%: