From Endurance to Dressage
Speedy G at the 2010 Just Coe Crazy 50 Mile Endurance Ride
I already blogged about the Hi-Tie, the "pole" to which Speedy is tied. You can read about that here.
I've been asked about my bucket hangers quiet a few times. Every endurance rider uses these, and I am sure they're seen on trailers of every discipline. I have two mounted on each side of my trailer. I use one to hang a five gallon bucket of water, and the other is for the two gallon buckets that I use for feed.
There is a "lip" at the bottom of the bracket on which to hang the edge of the bucket. At the top of the bracket is a small pin that lifts up to hold the bucket handle. Once the handle is inserted, drop the pin back in place and the bucket is held securely. Installation is fairly easy, but you do have to drill through your trailer wall (Yikes!) and it is much sturdier if you can mount it to a trailer "rib" (see inset photo above). Once they're mounted, the bucket hangers are on for good, so pick your spot wisely!
The bucket wall brackets are made by several companies, but the one made by Fortiflex seems to be the easiest to find. It's been several years since I've puchased one, but I found them at the following online sites: (click store name to see the bucket hanger and price) Dover Saddlery, Tractor Supply, and State Line Tack. They are usually well under $10 each.
The brackets can be mounted to any flat surface: horse trailer, stall wall, barn wall, etc. Even though I am no longer "racing," I use my bucket hangers every single time I travel. If I go to a lesson or a show, I hang a bucket so that I know my pony can drink if he wants. Speedy expects the water and the feed bucket!
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%: