From Endurance to Dressage
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about gender neutral restrooms. I have to laugh at the idea since all for one and one for all bathrooms have been around since time began. Trees and the side of a dirt road aren't marked Ladies and Gents. I don't think there's a horse show girl out there who hasn't used a Porta Potty. Those things are pretty gender neutral.
When I was still competing in the endurance world, formal restrooms for riders were non-existent. Our only choice was to find a rock or bush big enough to shield a squatting butt. Often times, your horse's legs were the best cover you could find. And if all else failed, you found a low spot and turned to face oncoming riders so that at least your bare backside was not the first thing they saw as they rounded the corner.
Horse girls are thankful if there's simply a door, any door. Even the trailer door is better than nothing. I know I am not the only one who has found peeing in a horse trailer my best form of cover. Show stalls can also do in a pinch, especially if there's a big equine butt to block some of the view.
While bushes, rocks, and porta potties all provide great coverage, they're hard to find at my barn. There is a bathroom (or three) in my barn owner's house, but that requires the removal of boots. I find that a gender neutral stall serves my purposes just as well. And when I don't have to shake shavings out of my underwear or fight off a nosy pony who wants to know what's going on down there, those five minutes I save by not unzipping my boots are well worth it!
So be honest: how many stalls have you peed in?
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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