From Endurance to Dressage
I am feeling the need to wrap up a few things. First, I alluded to some big news in Friday's post. I am still not quite ready to share, but that's the reason I haven't been able to respond to your comments for the past few weeks - we've been BUSY. I love reading what you have to say though. So often you crack me up or give me serious food for thought. I enjoy chatting with you. Once the dust settles around here, I'll be back to having two-way conversations.
Speaking of the dust settling ... Several people asked about the dust control product that my ranch owner recently applied to the arena. I've been riding on it the past few days and can't believe how awesome it is. Seriously. There is no dust. In fact, the arena looks wet; it's not, but that's what it looks and feels like. After lunging Izzy the other day I noticed some deepish hoof prints, so I asked Reggie if he wouldn't mind dragging it smooth for me. Even dragging the footing around didn't change its look or feel.
So what is it? When I asked, the ranch owner responded:
I looked up the product and found what they had to say ...
ArenaKleen® is the only horse arena dust control product that eliminates the health hazards of dust as it improves the consistency, cushioning, traction and support or the arena footing material. With ArenaKleen® dust suppressant, horses, riders and trainers can work safely and comfortably in the arena, stables or anywhere dust is a problem.
I perused DirtGlue's website, and while the product sounds great, the price is not readily available. That means it's expensive. I don't know how long it will stay this nice, but for the next 6 - 12 months, I am going to enjoy the heck out of not watering.
And to finish things off, I offer a completely random, unrelated piece of trivia: An adult horse’s brain weighs about 22 ounces, about half as much as the human brain. On the other hand, the average horse's heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds while the human heart weighs between 7 and 15 ounces. That might explain a few things.
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%: