From Endurance to Dressage
We're still at the cabin, but I've hi-jacked a neighbor's internet connection via wi-fi.
Did I ever need yesterday's "breather!" I always wake up between 4:00 and 4:45 a.m. There are no exceptions. I am an early bird even when I wish it weren't so. I SLEPT until 7:00 a.m on Saturday morning which is completely unheard of for me. I can't believe hubby didn't check on me to make sure I wasn't lying there dead.
We made it to the cabin around 10:30 a.m. We watched a little TV, no cable, just DVDs and Blue Rays, and by 1:00 we were both napping. I slept until 3:30. I am not sure why I even bothered to get out of bed on Saturday.
And even after all of that rest, I slept until 6:45 a.m. this morning. I am pretty sure it was the intense stare from two brown eyes that woke me. I opened my eyes and found myself nose to nose with Tobias. He clearly thought I had slept far too long. Thanks, Buddy.
I am feeling much more rested now. Once we're home, I'll head to the barn to ride both boys, and thanks to all of our American presidents, I have Monday off. My plan is to ride Sydney in the morning, have a lesson on Speedy at noon, and then come back to re-ride Sydney.
By Tuesday, life's craziness will have begun again, but I think I'll be rested enough to deal with it!
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%