From Endurance to Dressage
I don't know whether it's better to write something completely feeble just so I've written something, or write something only halfway feeble that is really, really brief.
Here is my attempt at brief. Oh, wait. Quick explanation. Don't need to say it, I know, but I have been BUSY! But who hasn't been? Raise your hand. I don't see any raised hands, do you?
So very quickly ... tonight is lesson night, unless it rains. Speedy gets to go today. Sydney went last week and JL had us try a few new exercises that were extremely helpful. I already wrote about the flexed neck exercise. The other one was about circling. With my inside hand VERY steady, maybe even planted, I sent Sydney in a circle around a jump. This exercise gave us a reason to circle. All I can say is, WOW! It really worked. With an object to circle, it became much more obvious if Sydney was really moving away from my leg. At first, he was very anxious with a braced neck and raised head. As he started to feel the rhythm of the circle, his head came down and he started to lengthen and stretch. Whenever he offered to relax and walk, we did.
I practiced the same exercise several times over the week and feel that we have a good handle on it. I've even moved on to doing the exercise on a figure eight by circling two jumps. The key is to prepare him for the turn with the inside leg. So far so good.
Speedy will no doubt be continuing with the canter transition tonight. I'll let you know how it goes.
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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