From Endurance to Dressage
If you're not local, you probably want to skip this post, but if you live in the greater Bakersfield area, this is for you. Bakersfield Vet Hospital (large animal) is hosting their annual Client Seminar on May 4, 2016. Reservations are required. If you're new to BVH, or if you simply haven't had time in years past, I strongly urge you to attend this year.
This year's seminar will focus on Physical and Chemical Restraint of Equines (I am certain that stipulation was made as the doctors have no doubt wanted to restrain their human clients at one time or another. Am I right, vet friends?) as well as Equine Dermatology (oh, goodie because there are a couple of skin things that I want to discuss: that funk on the front of both my geldings legs and those weird almost scratches-like growths on Izzy's lower legs). I probably don't have to point out that I've already reserved my spot.
While I was at the vet hospital on Saturday, Dr. Tolley and I talked about the topics that he and Dr. Gonzalez were going to cover. Every time I am in there I give him suggestions for topics. I am not sure he ever listens, but I enjoy picking his brain to see what he comes up with. Just yesterday he talked about swaddling foals to lower the progesterone levels in "dumb" foals who don't know how to nurse. When I got home, I googled the topic and came up wth this article which happens to be about the vet to whom Dr. Tolley was referring.
The reason Dr. Tolley even shared the concept with me is because they have a dummy foal at the hospital right now that they have "squeezed" several times. He hasn't responded in quite the dramatic way that was hoped for, but he should okay. I hope he makes it as he was really cute.
BVH's client seminars are always entertaining and informative. Zoetis, an animal pharmaceutical company, and BVH have teamed up to provide a complimentary buffet dinner at Hodel's followed by a series of lectures. Give BVH a call at 661-832-1150 to reserve a spot for this year's event.
And if you see me at a nearby table, please come over and say hi.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%