From Endurance to Dressage
Well, almost anyway. Today, my students will enjoy their last day of the 2021-2022 school year, but I still have to go to work on Monday. And maybe Tuesday. I have to pack up everything from one school and relocate it to my new, permanent school site. I have 28 year's worth of crap. It might take me two days to move it all.
My plan is to take my horse trailer to school on Monday and start heaving stuff in. Since I have drop down windows that I can close, I won't have to pack very carefully. I just need everything in some sort of container since I don't have to worry about it blowing out of the back of my truck.
By Wednesday, and maybe even Tuesday morning, I will be free to ride every morning and sit poolside every afternoon. Even though that has been my plan for the past 28 years, it rarely seems to happen. My days get just as hectic while on break. I already have a meeting scheduled for late June and a number of trainings scheduled for early August. In addition to work meetings, I'll attend a few other meetings as I serve on my community's HOA board. There's also a lecture in a few weeks that I am attending, and all of that is planned before I even begin my "break!"
I don't think any teacher truly takes the summer off. TGIF.
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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.
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