From Endurance to Dressage
This was not a bad test. The score is low (56.875%), but I walked out of the arena with a smile. My goal for the day was to simply stay in the ring without having to excuse myself. Mission accomplished!
Sydney was very anxious, but he held it together and listened to me throughout the test. Yes, we weaved and zig-zagged, but he tried hard to do what I was asking even though his Danger, Will Robinson! alarm was blaring.
The A end of the arena bothered Sydney more than anything else. As we approached A for our first 20 meter circle, he spooked to the inside. JL had told me that if something like that happened, it was more important to school him through it than worry about the score. So I sent him in a small circle and got back on track. Since we went off course, there was a two-point deduction.
We've been working so hard on our bends that I actually over rode the corners! The judge commented that we need to stay out of the corners when doing a circle. I am guessing our circles looked more like squares!
Our trot circles might have been stinky, but our walk work was right on track! We earned a 6 for the first medium walk and a 7 for the free walk. In this test, the finish is with a walk up the centerline. Sydney earned another 7 for his medium walk up centerline and then a 7 for the halt.
Overall, Sydney started out really tense, but he got softer and rounder for the end. That was the best thing that I could have hoped for. Click tests 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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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