From Endurance to Dressage
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11 Random Facts
11 Questions Answered
1. What horse show would you love to show at, if money was no object?
Not that I'm rich, but money's not usually the problem, ability is more my hold up. Right now, I would love to be able to make it to the California Dressage Society Championship Show. I need five qualifying scores; I have two.
2. Name one attribute that would be a deal-breaker for a horse you would like to purchase?
3. Name one piece of tack you covet.
A REALLY nice bridle. My mom bought me a lovely Stübben, but I only use it to show. I would like a nice bridle to use for schooling, but I am too cheap to drop $200 on something that's going to get dusty every day.
4. Favorite equine website?
I visit the California Dressage Society's page a lot.
5. Describe your dream trailer.
I actually own it already - a three horse goose neck with living quarters. And it's all mine! I just made the final payment in April.
6. Cats or Dogs?
Dogs, no question.
7. Favorite 90's TV Show?
Truthfully, I don't watch a lot of television, but I remember the very first Simpsons episode that aired in December of 1989. I watched it all the way through the 90's and still watch if I catch an episode.
8. East coast or West coast?
West coast - not a fan of humidity!
9. Are you a girly-girl or a guys' girl?
Neither. I am too much of a tomboy to be a girly-girl, but I hate beer which kicks me out of the boys' club!
10. Name one fear.
11. What's your favorite thing about yourself?
I am without pretense.
11 Questions for You
11 Awesome Blogs (in no particular order)
If you're still here ... I am taking Speedy G to an over-night clinic this morning, and while I will be back sometime Saturday, I have to get Sydney ready for an early Sunday show which means that I will see you on Monday. Have a great weekend!
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 Second Level. 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%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
8/7-8 SCEC (***)
10/30-31 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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