From Endurance to Dressage
Thank you so much for encouraging, explaining, not nit-picking, believing, and knowing that Speedy and I could eventually do this! All the "great job" and "so proud of you" texts are very much appreciated. You never let me believe we were only a 36% team. I can't wait for more.
Team Sweaney (that includes Speedy G)
Seriously, if you don't have someone in your corner rooting for you, get someone! It was so great to have at least four people that I couldn't wait to call when I saw Sunday's scores. How great to have friends who lift us up and encourage us to be better than we think we can be!
Oh, who were those four? Coach, Cha Ching's Madre, BFF Taz's Mom, and of course my beyond-belief-super-supportive husband! Thanks guys! :0)
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%: