From Endurance to Dressage
That's right. Speedy G is sixteen years old today. Man, does time ever fly.
It seems like just a few years ago Speedy was a gangly eight-year-old who I was finally starting to like. He came to me as a three-year-old, and when he hit four, I swore I'd never buy another three-year-old again. I said the same thing at four, five, six, and even seven. Young horses are tough.
But here we are, all those years later. I threatened to sell him no less than a million times during those first five years. Of course, I am so glad I didn't. Speedy may not be perfect, but he's perfect for me.
Somewhere around age ten, I realized that Speedy was dead broke. Once he hit that level of maturity, things got a lot more fun. He was trustworthy in any situation and is even more level-headed today.
But of course, dead broke and level-headed come at a price. Every birthday means he has fewer good years ahead than when he was a spicy six-year-old. Arabians tend to be long-lived, but with Speedy's issues, that might not be true for him. I try not to think about it too much. Instead, I make an effort to live in the here and now with him.
Happy birthday, my friend. And here's to many, many more!
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
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2023 Show Season
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