From Endurance to Dressage
But it's more than that. Today marks the beginning of Christmas Vacation. I don't go back to work until January 9th - two weeks of fun, relaxing, hanging with hubby, visits to the cabin, and more time for the ponies. Oh, and my forty-first birthday. How did I get so old when I still feel seventeen?
Sorry to disappoint, but there's nothing fancy or articulate about this post. Just thankfulness for some time away from the grind of work. The best part of the break is being able to get to the barn to ride and do my chores without the ever lurking darkness. Merry Christmas!
12/23/2011 02:46:46 am
TWO weeks! Very lucky. I will still be happy with one, because as any teacher or administrator will tell you, I just need my time away. I wish that everyone got such a nice holiday off, but then again not everyone would choose this profession. Enjoy your break!
12/23/2011 09:32:59 am
I think we had this discussion in August. Did you start school several weeks after we did? We start in the middle of August, but I think all schools in California get two weeks at Christmas and one week at Easter. Districts around the state vary at Thanksgiving. We get Thursday and Friday, but many districts take the whole week. Everyone in our state goes to school 180 days. Each district can mange it any way they wish.
12/23/2011 03:00:07 am
Enjoy your vacation! Get lots of rest and stress free fun! I get four days off and intend to enjoy every minute of it!
12/23/2011 09:34:15 am
Thanks, Judy! Sean took today off and he gets the next week and a half off as well. We should have lots of time to do stuff. Enjoy your break and Merry Christmas!
12/23/2011 06:49:59 am
Have a happy birthday! I'm jealous, enjoy your time off!
12/23/2011 09:35:50 am
Birthday's not for another week, but thanks! I love my time off, that's for sure. I often wonder how people with "normal" jobs manage without the Christmas and sumer breaks. I work very hard during the school year, but at least I know I get a break!
12/23/2011 07:07:44 am
Happy Birthday! My bday is over the break too! I hope you have a very Merr Christmas!
12/23/2011 09:37:23 am
Well then, happy birthday to you! Mine isn't for a week or so, but it always just runs into Christmas. My breaks always feel like one big party - Christmas, New Year's, and Birthday!
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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.
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