From Endurance to Dressage
Poor Sydney. This test was pretty bad (50.625%), and I think it was more my fault than anything else. There was a lot of this:
He was just really tense, and I couldn't seem to find a way to be softer with my hands. I should have just let go of the reins and let him travel with a longer frame. Truthfully, I was so worried about him spooking that I was trying to find a balance between having control and letting him move out.
Marbaskin's Mom, who was there to cheer on the local riders, noted that while he didn't spook in the second test like he had in the first, he wasn't as relaxed either. It wasn't all bad though. There were some moments when we were both trying to get it right.
When you look at the scores, you'll see a string of 4s. Rather than fight with him in the 20 meter circle, I just worked on some of his tension by sending him sideways. He was getting heavier and stiffer at the trot, and I didn't want him to bolt so I asked for lots of halts. There was no way to disguise it, but It was more important to get him off my leg.
This was certainly not our best dressage work, but I was really pleased with how hard he tried. I am not disappointed at all. At least it wasn't a 49%! Click images 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
(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%: