From Endurance to Dressage
The California Dressage Society's (Central) Regional Adult Amateur Competition has finally arrived. I know I've been talking about it for quite a while. I had pretty much written this show season off when Speedy came up lame in February with a hoof injury. I knew it was unlikely that we would make it to a USDF show, much less qualify for the RAAC. But, here we are!
Somehow, Speedy recovered in time to salvage the season and get me qualified for the regional show. We didn't get to do it at First Level, but I am still grateful to be going. Thank goodness I have at least one amateur friendly horse!
I am sure I've shared all of this before, but for those who weren't here or for those who don't remember, the RAAC is designed for adult amateurs like myself. The show entry for RAAC states:
The mission of these competitions is to provide an opportunity for all CDS Adult Amateur riders to qualify and compete against others of similar skills and experience. The regional nature of these shows will help provide our membership with a developmental path to gain competitive experience, to promote excellence, and increase awareness of and support for CDS Chapters.
Not a bad idea at all! Qualifying for the RAAC is more abut participation than it is necessarily about scoring well. For Training Level through Fourth Level (including PSG and I1), a rider must earn three scores of 60% or better from at least two judges from any test at the level. For Introductory Level, which we won in 2012, the rider must earn three scores of 65% or better from at least two judges from Test C.
We qualified easily with all eight of our scores well over the required 60% mark. Four of the scores were over 65% and one was even as high as 68%. I think we're pretty prepared for this year's event.
This year's central RAAC is in Paso Robles at the same venue as in 2012. I liked the facility and am looking forward to showing off what we've learned. Each year that I've headed to RAAC, I've had specific goals in mind, but this year, I just really want to enjoy the experience and ride to the best of my ability. It's hard to ask for more than that.
Have a great weekend, and I will see you on Monday!
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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.
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%: