From Endurance to Dressage
This has been a pretty quiet show season for me. Speedy's late winter hoof injury really put us behind schedule, but we're finally getting the ball rolling. This morning, he and I are heading over to the coast for a two-day, USDF show; our first since last July.
We're still showing Training Level, but after this next couple of shows, we're moving to First Level. And I don't care if we're ready or not. I am sick of the Training Level Tests and think that Speedy is too.
I don't have any specific goals for this show other than to get my last qualifying score for the CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC). All I need is a 60%, and I have four tests in which to do it. But frankly, if I need four chances to get a 60% then I probably have no business going to RAAC anyway! I am pretty sure we'll get the job done.
If you are anywhere near Moorpark, Somis, or Ventura this weekend, come on out to EL Sueno to watch. Hilda Gurney will be there to ride Aleros and Wintersnow in the Grand Prix on Saturday at 3:00 and 4:39. On Sunday, there is a full hour of FEI Freestyle tests beginning (and ending) with Hilda at 1:00. On Saturday, I ride my Training Level tests at 11:32 and 1:42, and on Sunday I ride at 11:03 and 2:09.
Wish us luck!
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%: