From Endurance to Dressage
If you are reading this expecting something not show related, I apologize. I know I said that I would have something else on Thursday other than score sheets, but Speedy's little tummy ache on Monday night threw off my blogging schedule. If you're bored with score sheets, stop right here and come back tomorrow, or go back and read about Speedy's tummy.
The second test of the day went about the same as the first except we actually cantered when we were supposed to. I didn't earn any 8s, but there were no 3s either. In fact, one of the few 5s was for the ... anyone, anyone? You got it - that bloody stretchy trot. I promise you, we WILL get the stretch.
I was quite happy with the overall score: seven 7s, six 6s, and only three 5s. The collective marks were also good. We've worked really hard on getting more activity from behind and the judge noticed. She commented that Speedy was "nicely forward." He "often braces through the neck" as well, but we can work on that later. One step at a time!
Our final score was 63.214% (177 points) which was good enough for a second out of four riders. The first place rider scored 178 points. She beat me by one point out of 280. How close is that? Click images to enlarge.
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%: