From Endurance to Dressage
This past weekend, several USEF/USDF/CDS shows finally happened here in California. Lots of other events are happening here as well - protests, rallies, cookouts, but horse shows are still on the nope list in most California counties, including mine. Speedy and I were supposed to compete at a USDF show over the weekend, but it was cancelled just days before due to fear of what that county might do.
With that show show cancelled, I quickly mailed out an entry to the SCEC show for this coming weekend. It was at SCEC in October that Speedy and I earned our first qualifying Third Level score for our Bronze Medal. Earning our second score there would wrap up that chapter in our dressage journey nicely. On Friday, the show manager, a very good friend, sent word that the show is a go.
There is still time for this show to be cancelled as well, but my fingers (and toes) are crossed that we finally make it to a show this year. I worried at our readiness last year. While we still have so much to learn, we're at least more prepared for Third Level than we were last fall.
Think good thoughts for us, will you?
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%: