From Endurance to Dressage
I am not complaining; I am just saying …
Honestly, I have a great job that pays well and gives me lots of time to spend with my horses, but it also has its drawbacks. I leave my house at 5:45 a.m. so that I can be there around 6:00 a.m when the custodian turns the alarm off. My official work day doesn't start until 7:20, but in order to get the job done, I get there early. Of course, the benefit is that I am off work at 2:50 p.m.
Even though I've only worked at this school for the past three weeks, the rest of the staff already teases me about how fast I exit the building when the bell rings! What can I say? They don't have two horses standing around waiting to be groomed, fed, ridden, and cleaned up after.
I get home at 3:10, and I am able to be at the barn by 3:30, if I hurry. It's hard to beat that work schedule. I am usually finished at the barn before 6:00 p.m. so that I can get home, take a shower, and get dinner going. By the time the dishes have been taken care of, it's nearly time for bed.
Now that my work schedule has finally smoothed out and I have a rhythm going, I am hoping that I won't feel so much like I am burning the candle at both ends. This horrid heat isn't helping matters though. When I finished my second ride of the afternoon on Friday, this is what our temperature looked like.
It was like that all week. Thankfully JL is game for whatever the rider is up for, so even though it was 100, I took both my lessons this week and rode every other day except for Tuesday. I am looking forward to riding in the relative cool of this weekend's mornings.
While I am looking forward to fall's cooler weather, such as it is around here, I am not looking forward to the diminishing daylight hours. But come on, summer, would you cut us a little slack?
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?
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%