From Endurance to Dressage
No more black and white. Well that's not completely true. I still love black and white, black with more black, and even black and silver. But my tastes are expanding, largely thanks to all of you (you know who you are!). A few of you have given me some gentle nudges toward the world of bling, color, and even publicly displaying my name on stuff (aka monograming).
Izzy needed a new halter as none of my rope halters were going to fit. Yes, I know they are adjustable, but that is only easy to do when they're new. When they're ten years old, those knots are pretty well tightened. A new one is less than $20, well worth not having to deal with knots! Since I love my purple lead rope, I bought a purple halter!
The two purples don't quite match which is okay as I didn't plan on using them together. Instead, Speedy's black Tekna halter gets the purple lead rope, and Izzy's purple rope halter gets the black lead rope.
I like my horses to have their own rope halter and flat halter. I keep a spare rope halter and lead in my trailer, but Speedy's regular rope halter has special rings to attach reins for riding which I keep with my trail bridle. It doesn't have its own lead rope. Since Sydney's rope halter fit both him and Speedy, I kept that halter and lead hanging for quick use, but it was too small for Izzy. Soooooo, that halter and lead are now Speedy's alone, but that left me one lead rope short.
I am extremely picky about lead ropes which means I only use clinician style yacht rope leads. They're definitely pricier than a standard 10 foot poly lead (almost $30), but they are oh so worth it.
Since every halter needs its own lead rope, I simply had to order a new one. Riding Warehouse, my go-to for stuff like this, has the perfect lead rope, and it comes in twelve colors (I already have the purple one). I bought the teal rope for Izzy's brown halter.
With Christmas happening and shipping dates being all wonky lately, the lead won't be here as quickly as it normally would. That's okay. I can wait.
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%: