From Endurance to Dressage
There was a blog post this morning. Honest. And it was actually a good one. I published it. It's not here. What happened?
Did you catch yesterday's post? If not, scroll down a bit. I blogged about being stressed out and busy now that I am back to work. And already today, I proved that to be true. Here's what happened.
I couldn't make it to the barn on Thursday. I felt guilty. I woke up at 5:05 a.m. on Friday, threw my barn clothes on, and was at the barn by 5:15. The 5:00 a.m. visit was due to the fact that I had a second obligation on Friday evening which meant no barn visit again. Two days in a row just felt unacceptable.
It was dark, but the arena and wash rack lights were on so I could see well enough. I turned Speedy G out. He clearly needed it because he did some big gallops with some equally big bucks thrown. Those were just to keep me from feeling too relaxed. When he was finishing up with his last gallops, I went to get Sydney. Speedy was then tied to the rail and Sydney had his turn to run amok. He must have needed it as well as he did quite a few cork-screwy maneuvers. I was forced to squint so I wouldn't have to see the impending wreck. Both boys came out unscathed.
I cleaned their stalls, fixed them an early pre-breakfast lunch, and added all necessary and appropriate fly protection. I left the barn at 6:23 with both boys resting happily after their morning work out.
I raced home and showered. I logged onto the website, found today's post, hit publish ... except I didn't, gobbled down some breakfast, packed a quick lunch, and made it to work by 7:15 a.m. Sometime during the day I checked for the blog post and saw yesterday's post. I hit refresh. Nothing. And then I realized what I had done. Instead of hitting publish, I hit delete. Well ... crap!
So ... here's an abbreviated version of the blog post.
Riders4Helmets recently ran a contest asking for helmet stories. My story was chosen as a top winner. My prize? This super nice, embroidered dressage pad. Thank you, Riders4Helmets! To see the complete list of winners, click here. To see my entry, click here.
I promise the original post was more interesting. Sorry about that! Please check back tomorrow - I have a good post ready to go that includes a video of JL (newest trainer) schooling Sydney. It's worth a peek!
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%