From Endurance to Dressage
This is where Speedy lives. He used to live in the apartment next door, but when we lost Montoya, he took over her place. The guy who moved in is named Count Arbi, an Arab whose first job was racing. Arbi's done some endurance riding and lots of trail work for his mom.
We like having him live next door. He doesn't throw wild parties and he keeps his place pretty clean. He enjoys an occasional game of deep sniffing and neck nibbling, but he's careful not to nibble too hard, and he never kicks. He always greets Speedy when Speedy comes home from work, and he likes to "shoot the breeze."
Speedy's got a nice, corner unit. Unfortunately, he's not much of a renter. He caused some damage to his unit which will no doubt mean he won't be getting his deposit back. You'll notice he bent the bars between his stall and the neighbor, hence the partition. He has also ripped down most of the shade netting. And it's hard to miss the pit that he keeps re-digging in the dining room which the landlord fixed less than three weeks ago.
Even with the trouble he causes, the rent is reasonable and even includes housekeeping. The "parking" is ample and the "laundry facility" is very useful. The "exercise room" is pretty big and there's rarely a line to use the equipment. Storage is a little tight, but it would help to get rid of some junk! The neighbors are great though, and the curb appeal is good.
The food's good, the neighbors are friendly, and the neighborhood is quiet - works for Speedy G!
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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%: