From Endurance to Dressage
I am ready to start showing, but I am not sure my boys are with me. Speedy is lame again, left hind. From what, I don't know. It looks like it's in the stifle or hock. Initially, I thought he'd work out of it within a few days, but here we are a week later, and he's only slightly better. He's mostly sound at the walk, but the trot is still a no go.
While I showed Izzy a half a dozen times last year, it was at Introductory Level, and we were just there for exposure. I was hoping to wait until April for a schooling show, but the one and only show that we have in town is in two weeks. While it's CDS-rated, I hate to pass it up.
I paid all of my memberships in the winter, but the cards were crammed in an envelope, and I hadn't bothered to make copies yet. I have no idea who I'll be riding at the upcoming show, but I realized that whoever I take, my show binder needed to be updated and fresh copies of my cards needed to be made.
It rained yesterday, and the wind howled. When better to update show stuff than a rainy day?
I dug out the cards I had and then printed the ones I didn't. USDF hasn't sent me a card yet, and USE doesn't send cards for Horse IDs, so those needed to be printed.
To keep track of all of the cards, I like to put all of them on one page and then make a copy. I do a separate page for each horse.
Once I have each horse's page done, I make a few extra copies to submit with show entries and then put the original copy in a sheet protector.
I don't know how many shows I'll make it to this year, but at least my health and show records are up to date.
How do you organize your membership cards and health records?
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%: