From Endurance to Dressage
I wish this were not such a loaded question. I wish there was an easy answer. I wish I knew the answer already. So what is the question? Well, it's one we've all asked before, and one we all struggle with I am sure. Essentially, when do I move up a level? Or rather, when do I move completely out of a level, and by that what I really mean is are we ready to go all in at training level?
I started showing at Introductory A & B before there was an Introductory C. We showed those two tests through the last half of 2010. In 2011, the new tests were introduced so I showed Introductory B & C which felt like I had moved up a level because the C test was somewhat similar to the old T1 test. The C test is where the canter is introduced.
At the end of 2011, I ditched the B test and moved on to Intro C and Training Level 1. My scores at Intro C have been steadily climbing and are firmly in the mid to high 60% range. In fact I've already qualified for the CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition at Intro C. My scores at T1 have also begun their rise and are resting pretty solidly at over 60%. The T2 test appears "easy," or rather it seems very much like what I am already riding: changes of rein, canter circles, and a left bend stretchy trot.
Are we ready to go all in at Training Level? I don't think anyone was intended to show Introductory Level indefinitely. Right? I have a schooling show this weekend which is an excellent chance to give T2 a try. I've entered T1 and T2. What do you all think? How did you know when it was time to move up?
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 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: