From Endurance to Dressage
This was not my intended post for today, but El Niño showed up in a BIG way yesterday bringing nearly an inch of rain to Bakersfield. There's been some teasing this winter, but nothing like the rain that we had yesterday.
Let me put it this way: in the four winters that I've been at my current barn, there hasn't been a rainy day where I thought, "I don't think I'm going to get to ride tomorrow."
I moved to this barn just as California's drought was settling in for a good long stay. Every time it rained, I did the happy dance because it meant that I didn't have to water. Yes, I water in the winter; it's been that dry.
Even when it does rain, it's usually just enough to maybe soak the dust down, if I am lucky. Within a day or two, we're dealing with dust again, and there are never puddles. Until Yesterday.
We need the rain more than a non-Californian can even imagine. In the southern part of California's southern valley, where I live, we've had less than 10 inches in the last four years combined. While our drought might not seem to be something that affects you directly, I bet you've eaten grapes, almonds, beef, or wine from California. This drought has been devastating to our economy, air quality, and over-all quality of life. I am grateful that my arena is a bit soggy.
The funny thing is that while I probably can't ride today, I am feeling confident things will be dry by Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest. That's California for ya!
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%