From Endurance to Dressage
Over the past week or so, I've managed to do several trail rides around the neighborhood. For the first ride, I saddled Izzy and rode with DG, the other boarder at the ranch. She rides a very nice mare that both of my boys are absolutely in love with. We followed the path out through the neighbor's cherry orchard and then made our way across the old golf course and back home. Once we arrived at the river, we spotted some beautiful sunflowers that I hadn't seen before.
It was such a lovely spot that I couldn't help but stop and take a bunch of pictures.
Yesterday, the ranch owner and I did a short ride around the property. This time I was on Speedy so when we came to the sunflowers, I hopped off and took even more photos.
Before we rode around the property though, we did a bit of work in the arena. Speedy is still giving me some sas, but he's slowly remembering that he's a schoolmaster and schoolmasters are, by definition, well behaved. By the time we hit the "trail," Speedy was a perfect gentleman.
Taking some time to stop and smell the ... sunflowers is time well spent.
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
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