From Endurance to Dressage
Last Friday I was agonizing over whether or not to go to a show in two weeks. No sooner did I hit publish than my Facebook feed was filled with friends urging me to GO.
Having so many people encouraging me to go and knowing that they'd be at the show with me, tipped the scales. I worked hard on Friday and Saturday and got tons of classwork done way ahead of schedule. I'll have no problem finishing the course work over the next few days - a week early!
That evening, my trainer, Chemaine Hurtado, not only urged me to go, but nearly has me talked into doing an extra show in May. I have had an eye on USDF's Second Level Rider Performance Award since I got my First Level Rider Performance Award. I need four scores from four different judges. We'll have our first shot at a score at this show in two weeks. I'm riding four tests over the two days so hopefully I can get the first score then. If we go to the May show, I'll get a second chance.
I would be really happy to earn those four scores this year. That won't mean I am done with Second Level, but it would be nice to see that atta girl hanging on my wall.
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%: