From Endurance to Dressage
Yep. We're heading on vacation … a bit early this year. Normally we do our traveling in the summer, but since we wanted to go to Washington, D.C., we figured we'd better do it in the spring before it gets hot. We can do hot every damn day of the summer here; no point in paying thousands of dollars to do it somewhere else.
I know this blog isn't about traveling, but outside of riding, it's my next favorite thing to do. I started blogging a few years ago so you've read a little about our trips to London and Belize. In the past 25 years, I've been fortunate enough to visit Spain, the Canary Islands, Costa Rica, Hawaii (twice), Ireland, Peru, Canada, Scotland, England, Guatemala, and of course Belize.
Traveling in the United States is so expensive that we actually prefer to travel internationally. It costs about the same, but you get to go a whole lot farther - usually. For this vacation, we decided to keep it "local" and visit our nation's capital.
Neither of us has really toured any of the eastern states. Hubby has been to New Jersey for work, but he didn't get to see much, and I've been to airports in Boston and New York, but that doesn't really count. We've seen all of the western states , several times, but now we're finally heading east.
On our agenda are the typical things that every tourist does when visiting DC - admire the monuments, tour our nation's capitol building, and explore the Smithsonian. We've also bought tickets for a few other things: the ballet at the Kennedy Center, a cruise down the Potomac to visit Mt. Vernon, and a baseball game (Nationals and Cardinals).
Many of you live "near" DC; I know that's a relative statement. For me, "nearby" means within 6 hours. I can't leave California without a full day's drive. I am traveling so far that it would be great to bump into some of you Easterners. At the very least, maybe I can eat at some of your favorite restaurants. If you know of something super spectacular happening during April 12 - 18 in DC that we shouldn't miss, please feel free to share.
As always, horses will be on my radar so if I spot anything equine-esque, I'll be sure to share. See you all in a week or so!
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%: