From Endurance to Dressage
I am heading down to Ventura in a few hours for tomorrow's show. I am having a lesson today in the late afternoon with Chemaine Hurtado. Hopefully, she can be eyes on the ground and help me ease Sydney's tension by giving me some help with my aids, especially my weight aids.
On Sunday, I am riding Training Level Test 1 at 9:00 and Training Level Test 2 at 9:35. Going as early as possible is a good thing as there will be less commotion for Sydney to deal with.
In other news, I've been on barn duty for most of the week and will be glad to hand the reins back over to my barn owner. Getting to the barn by 6:15 to help feed, water the arena, and clean stalls makes for a busy morning! I also filled water troughs, raked and swept the barn, turned the other two horses out, and brushed on fly spray.
Oh, I also rode my two horses and then went to work in the afternoons. It's been a busy week.
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%: