From Endurance to Dressage
During summer break, I never feel grateful for Fridays. In fact, I tend to feel a bit down as the weekend rolls around. Fridays just signify that one more week has passed and summer is that much closer to drawing to a close. I know the rest of the world would disagree with this sentiment, so for you, thank goodness it's Friday.
Since I don't have children and my husband still goes to work, summer or not, I have to create a schedule for myself that does not include spending the work day on the couch channel surfing. I don't really like watching TV anyway, so without a routine of some kind, I would go bonkers. I have a hard time sitting down if it doesn't involve writing, reading, or doing something with my hands.
So I have a schedule. Each morning I write a little, work out, and make breakfast. I leave for the barn by 7:00 a.m. I ride both horses and do barn chores. I head back home by 10:00 or 11:00 depending on how hot it is. I shower, make lunch (maybe with a nap), write a little more, and then run some errands. For the last few hours of the "work day," I work on designing curriculum. Teachers are seriously never really "off." By the time my husband gets home, I am ready to get dinner started.
This week, one of my barn chores included cleaning out my half of the tack room. Of course, I totally forgot to take a before picture of the dust, cobwebs, and clutter, but here are some after shots.
I also used the week to clean my gloves and helmet (can I say GROSS?), condition my tack, sweep the barn aisle, and get my truck smogged (for you non-Californians that's where the state checks to see if you have a clean running vehicle). Even at 14 years old, Blue Truck is running well.
I am looking forward to week number 2!
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%: