From Endurance to Dressage
They're back! Well, sort of anyway. JL won't be around for next week because it's our Easter Break, and she has some vacation plans. So do we! No biggie though as we'll aim for the following Monday which is still part of our vacation week. After that, we're back on the schedule.
Speedy G and I had a great time at last night's lesson. I know Speedy did because JL kept commenting on "content" he looked. I think it was meant as a compliment!
Overall, JL was very pleased with how much we've accomplished in the last month. She really liked my new hand position (thumbs pointing to the bit), and she really liked our improved contact. Our transitions to canter were much better, and our downward transition to the trot was also improved. In fact, everything was in such great shape that we all needed to do was finesse some of those transitions in preparation for this weekend's show.
It was a confidence builder to be back in her arena without all of the scary antics that we had last time I was there. Speedy is a different horse of course, but success is success and I don't really care where the confidence building comes from. I'll take what I can get.
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%: