From Endurance to Dressage
Two dressage competitors walk into the show office ...
I like ribbons as much as the next girl, but I have a lot of them. That's what happens when you're the only rider in the class. After my second test on Saturday, I asked my friend Valerie to grab my test for me. She was heading that way anyway, and I was loading Izzy.
There were only two of us in the class, so I told Valerie not to bother with a ribbon. She asked, “What if it’s blue?”
I said, "If it's blue, it would mean someone else had ridden much worse than me, so in that case, get the ribbon."
She came back with a blue ribbon and a funny look on her face. “You’re kidding!” I said. “Someone rode worse than I did?”
She handed me the ribbon and said, “the other rider scratched.”
Oh, Life, you're so funny!
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%: