From Endurance to Dressage
I've been watching Izzy's coat change and darken for the past several weeks. His winter coat is easy to spot as it comes in nearly black while his summer coat is an unattractive faux buckskin color.
Speedy's winter coat is very hard to see because it's actually whiter than his silvery summer coat. It's so white that the majority of his fleabites (the reddish brown freckles that many grey Arabs sport) will disappear until next spring.
I am sure it didn't actually happen over-night even though it feels as though it did, but Speedy's winter coat made an appearance this weekend. As soon as I rubbed the jelly scrubber over his coat, his summer hair simply let loose. Where he had had a smooth thin coat last weekend, this weekend he started to show signs of his polar bear winter look.
While I'll miss the ease of caring for their summer coats, I won't miss the heat of summer. I am ready for some cooler afternoons. What's it like where you live?
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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