From Endurance to Dressage
If I got cash for every birthday, I think I'd be willing to have two birthdays a year even if that pushed me to 60 a lot sooner than I would like. My dad would like that because I'd pass him by in no time. He's facing 70 right now which he finds as shocking as I found 50. As it turns out, turning 50 wasn't such a big deal after all.
My mom is always so generous when it comes to my birthday. She loves horses, too, and she loves that I love horses. So while she can't go with me to shows and clinics, she likes to support me by at least buying me the stuff that I won't usually buy on my own. Multiple helmets comes to mind. She paid for the first one.
This has been a long, hard week, so during my lunch "break" yesterday, I might have indulged in some retail therapy. Does it still count as RT when you're spending someone else's money? The gift card my mom sent me still had a hefty amount on it, but I did need to chip in an extra $30. For the way it lightened my mood - throwing this and that in one's cart is very liberating, the thirty bucks was money well spent.
So what did I get? Well it should be a bit obvious. I started with the black LeMieux Acoustic Noise Reduction Ear Bonnet Fly Hood which has been on back order until yesterday. I know because I've been checking daily for the past two weeks. I already have the navy version; both are for showing. Then I moved on to a navy pair of Roeckl gloves. I am currently using a previously discarded pair since they're in better shape than my current working pair. I need to learn to throw stuff out.
Then I moved on to the Equine Couture Fly Bonnets. I really like the one I bought a couple of weeks back, but it turned out to be much fancier than I thought. I am going to save it for when I want to dress Izzy up a little for lessons or clinics.
Originally, I wanted a black fly bonnet for schooling rides, but I liked the look of the Equine Couture Fly Bonnet with Studs so much that I bought it in both black and navy. It's only money, and it wasn't really even my money, so I splurged. Thanks, mom! Everything should get here by Monday, if not sooner.
You gotta love it when Riding Warehouse is only two hours away!
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
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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