From Endurance to Dressage
I did a five minute warm up for this test. It was pretty warm, and Speedy doesn't need much of a warm up for his second ride of the day.
As I entered the arena, I paused at the judge's booth to give him my name and number. I also smiled and joked about giving this another try. The judge laughed (bless his heart) and promised to do something about the wacko spectators. I don't remember what he actually said, but it was something to that effect. It was really kind of him to acknowledge our earlier difficulty in such a jovial and light hearted way. I was feeling pretty good as we took our warm up lap.
I don't know if the judge gave me extra time or if we were just running ahead, but I had time to pass by "P" three times before the judge rang me in. Speedy was cool as a cucumber the whole time. That's the pony I love!
Test 2 went very much like Test 1 without all of the drama. We started with sevens, earned another 6 for our left lead canter (really?!), and got sevens for both our trots across the diagonal (!). The right lead canter scored a 5.5, again better than the 4s we were earning just a month or so ago, but the stretchy trot is still a problem; we earned a five with the comment, limited stretch, reluctant.
We may have some work left to do on our stretchy trot, but our trot work up the center line both from X and at A is worth bragging about. We earned sevens across the board. Our final trot down centerline came with the comment, fairly steady and straight. I'm good with that!
Final score was 61.607% which was good enough for a blue out of two riders. The score sheet is below. Click images to enlarge.
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%: