From Endurance to Dressage
My trainer, Chemaine Hurtado - owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, shared this graphic on her Facebook page.
Boy, does that image force you to be honest. I'll even go first. My numbers are nowhere near those. When I ride Speedy, I use way more leg - he loves to be behind the leg, and my rein aids are stronger than 2%.
When I ride Izzy, especially on a day like yesterday - the wind was howling, My rein aids had to be above 50% but so were my leg aids. My core was just trying to remain in the saddle.
So how do you feel about this graphic? Are those numbers realistic? It's definitely something to think about.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Completed …
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: