From Endurance to Dressage
Oh ... they got me. Now that I am giving Smartpak's SmartCalm Ultra Pellets to Sydney , it's oh-so-easy to just add a few things to the order. I do need all of these things, but boy do they make it easy!
About the gloves ... I go through a pair of these every couple of months or so. I've found it easier to just keep several pair waiting in the wings so that as soon as a finger pokes through the end, I have a new pair ready to go. If I run out of the gloves, I have a tendency to wear them until all ten fingers are poking out. Not very classy, eh?!
The fly sheet is to replace Sydney's last year's worn out model, and the ear net is an experiment. The gnats drove Sydney bonkers last summer as we rode. I am hoping $8.95 will fix that problem.
So why am I buying summer fly gear now ... in February? Well it's a simple answer. Winter has skipped central California so I have no reason to believe that spring will make much of an appearance either. I have a sneaking suspicion that summer is literally around the corner. It was 77 degrees on Friday. I already bought fly spray and fly masks, so the fly sheet and ear net seemed to make sense.
Let's hope I am wrong about the early summer!
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%: