From Endurance to Dressage
As I look back over my week's posts, I can't help but to stifle a big yawn ... BORING. That's not such a bad thing though. Living from dramatic event to dramatic event can be quite exhausting.
Fortunately, my work life has settled into a bit of a routine (for now), although I am still working ridiculous hours. Seriously. Why does a teacher need to arrive at work at 6:25 a.m.? Oh yeah, I remember. It's because I have a boatload of students and no paid time to get it all done. This however, is not the forum for that conversation.
On the pony front, life is also fairly quiet. Lessons with JL have resumed, but the show season is over. I am preparing for my CDS Chapter's annual awards banquet. Sydney and I tied with another rider and her mount for the the adult amateur award. Since our scores were quite low (remember that 48%?), I feel kind of embarrassed to even accept anything. I'll write about it when we get it.
I am also waiting patiently for more information on the clinic. It's coming up pretty quick, and I have no idea what time I ride or even how much it will cost. I guess I am practicing being patient and zen-like.
I had a fantastic, "horrible" ride on Sydney last night, and I can't wait to tell you about it (right lead canter thing), but I just don't have time right now.
Hubby and I are heading up to the cabin right after work this afternoon and won't be home until Sunday. We don't have an internet connection up there so you won't hear from me until Monday.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the mild weather (at least here on the west coast).
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%: