From Endurance to Dressage
I have to ask a question. Now that US Equestrian's memberships are twelve-month rather than all of them expiring in December, why rush to renew it? Not that I am rushing - yet, but US Equestrian would certainly like me to hurry it up. The use of the exclamation points definitely feels like there's a need to hand over my money right now.
My membership expired this week, and US Equestrian has sent me several emails reminding me of the fact. I very much understand that is it in US Equestrian's best interest to get me to renew as quickly as possible, money in the bank and all that. Since I don't plan to show at a USDF-rated show until spring, why shouldn't I just wait a month or two and defer spending the $80 (plus another $25 if I spring for the insurance which I always do)? Christmas is expensive, you know?
Not to mention that I completed the Safesport training in early September, and when I say early, I mean the very first day of the month. If I renew now, I'll only have to take the refresher course that much sooner. Thanks, but no thanks.
What does everyone else do, renew now, or wait until just before your first show?
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%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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