From Endurance to Dressage
After driving north to find Sydney, the trip had to be repeated to go and get Sydney. Again, Taz's mom and Cha Ching's mom offered to come with me, but only Taz's mom could go back the very next day.
We were very lucky the next morning as the temperature had dropped almost 30 degrees, and rain had swept across the northern part of the state. The trip would have been a hot, noisy one for Sydney had we not had that little break in our up-to-now oppressively hot summer.
We left around 8:00, escorted up the valley by billowing black clouds that provided a nice break from the searing sun. We pulled into a wet and muddy Sport Equine, but the air was dust free and the horses were friskier than they had been the day before. Uh-oh, both Taz's mom and I exclaimed simultaneously. Sydney, calm as a turtle the day before, was dancing in his stall, looking to MOVE!
There was no need to worry. He loaded just fine, rode all the way home quietly - even during a gas stop, and unloaded without too much trouble. Here's some video of his first half hour at the barn. I only edited out the really boring parts.
Taz's mom did the videography as well as the cute commentary. And as she said, that was Sydney's version of "wild and crazy!" And for those of you who are wondering where the heck Speedy G has gone, not to worry! Once Sydney was safely bedded down in his new home, Speedy G got some under saddle work. I couldn't very well waste such a pleasant summer day - even after 5 hours of driving!
And to keep things interesting, my entry for the schooling show in Moorpark is in the mail. Who will I be riding?
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%: