From Endurance to Dressage
Being a teacher is like being stuck in some kind of a time warp. No matter how many years go by, I still teach fractions, US History, and conjunctions. It's all the same stuff you worked on, no matter how old or young you are. The kids are always the same age too, about 10, but everything around them is constantly changing.
Each year I am reminded of how much the world has changed. You have clothes in your closet that are older than this batch of fifth graders. One of my horses is older than they are. These kids don't remember a time when a black man wasn't president. And then they almost saw a woman president. No big deal to them.
My students love to hear about the things I didn't have as a kid. They also love to hear about the things I did have that no longer exist. Like answering machines. Those have certainly come and gone. And VCRs.
When I was born in 1971, we didn't have ...
Lately, I find myself saying things like I haven't seen her in 15 years, or that's at least 20 years old. I think I said that about our juicer the other day. I don't mind getting old as it's better than the alternative. (My mom is fond of saying that.)
The New Year is always synonymous with my birthday because they happen so close to gether. For me, 2017 is the year of learning to be pateint with a good attitude. I hope that by 47, I can say I've mastered it.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(*) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: