From Endurance to Dressage
In all the excitement from earning second at the RAAC, I sort of forgot to highlight the cool swag that the California Dressage Society had for its competitors.
We've all seen the halter. But in case you missed it, here it is again.
I am sure many clubs and organizations offer halters as prizes, but it's my first one. Living in such a hot state, coolers are fun to win, but mine don't get used very often because it's hardly ever cold. I am definitely going to use the halter more than I've used the coolers.
When the RAAC competitors check in, they always get a welcome prize. One year I got a duffel bag which immediately became my over-night bag for any and all horse related trips. I've even used it for regular vacations as well.
This year, we got a grooming bag. We all have grooming bags, but I am going to admit that the one I keep in the trailer is starting to look a bit threadbare. It lives in the trailer which means it gets pretty dusty as well as bounced around a bit, so it's no surprise that it is looking worn out.
Over the weekend, I finally had the chance to transfer my grooming supplies from the old grooming bag to the new, fancy CDS bag. I must say, it's medium size is going to be perfect for keeping in the trailer.
Maybe I just don't get enough swag to be accustomed to it, so forgive me if I seem stupidly happy over a halter and a grooming tote. But hey, it's the little things, right?!
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
2021 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
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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