From Endurance to Dressage
While I love Newt, my new truck, driving her around every day is a big pain in the butt. There are parking lots that I simply cannot squeeze her into. Most parking lots in fact. She also consumes a lot of fuel. Juke was much more fun to drive, and I could park that thing ANYWHERE. The thing with being tiny and fuel efficient though is that you're, well tiny. Tiny meant going to the feed store took a lot of planning because nothing but me and the feed were going to fit.
Newt's not tiny, and anything I can think of buying fits with no trouble. I didn't realize how used to "planning" I was until this weekend when I suddenly decided to go to both the feed store and the grocery store on my way home from the barn. With Juke, there simply wasn't room for a few bags of beet pulp, rice bran, shavings, and a loaf of bread. Forget two cases of water, some Gatorade, a watermelon, and a week's worth of meal ingredients.
As I was leaving the ranch, I started making a list of where I wanted to go but hit a mental roadblock with a big STOP sign when I added in the grocery store. Then I remembered that I was basically driving around something the size of an aircraft carrier and gleefully realized that all the stuff fits. All of it! And then some.
I may hate walking from the very end of the parking lot or from the other side of the street, but I sure do love having all of that room. I also love the huge fuel tank and all the towing power that comes with such a big truck.
Newt may be an expensive daily driver, but she's got her uses. I think I'll keep her.
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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