From Endurance to Dressage
I am a perpetual clock and calendar watcher. I need to know the time at any given minute of the day. Same thing for the date. I recently finished reading The Wall, a post apocalyptic novel where the main character also worries about the time until her time pieces fail. Why would you need to worry about the time after the apocalypse?
By the way, the apocalypse is a favorite day dreaming topic of mine. How nice it would be to simply worry about getting food, finding shelter, and not dying from whatever catastrophe that has tried to wipe out mankind. Sometimes, the apocalypse seems preferable to whatever First World problems I am currently struggling with.
Back to the time and date.
Each December I wait patiently for the next year's calendar. In the past I used to get 2 or 3 as gifts. The last few years, I've had to buy my own. The weird thing is that I am super picky about my calendar. I prefer the pages to be attached with wire because they hang flatter. I also need big squares for writing.
This year, I bought my calendar from Amazon. It took a bit of hunting, but I found the perfect will-reorder-it-again calendar. It uses wire to hold the pages together, win. Not only are the squares large, but there are also lines for notes, another win. And then, making all of my dreams come true, there is space for a To-Do list and additional Notes. We have a winner, folks!
I keep the calendar hanging at the barn for use as a daily log or journal. I write down how the horses look, it's called an SG check and an Iz check. On the days I ride, I note for how long and "grade" the ride. I also note any wounds or anything that's Not Quite Right (NQR).
Keeping a quick daily log has proven incredibly useful when something crops up. I can look back to see when that "thing" first started and how long it's taking to heal. I can also answer the vet's questions more intelligently. Instead of it's been there "awhile," I can be very specific.
The notes also remind me that we enjoy far more good days together than bad. Even though the wounds, lamenesses, and jackassery seem to rule my world, they don't. At the end of each month, the squares are always filled with more hearts and smiley faces than grouchy ones.
Does anyone else keep a daily journal?
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%: