From Endurance to Dressage
Since I was just talking about breeches, I had to share this little tidbit!
Many of my colleagues and I have been playing variations of the Biggest Loser for the past 7 or 8 years. It's fun, usually, and it keeps us watching what we eat. Some of us have a lot to lose, some just a muffin top, and others simply want to maintain their current weight. To accommodate all of our weight loss goals, we created this version of the Biggest Loser.
Rules for the Biggest Loser:
1. Determine a start and end date. Each player weighs in on the start date and contributes $5 to the pot. CM has a great digital scale that she leaves in her classroom for our use. Each player also receives a raffle ticket.
2. Each player weighs in weekly and records the new weight. If you lose more than a pound, you get TWO raffle tickets; any weight loss up to a pound earns ONE ticket, and zero weight gain or loss gets nothing. If you gain any, however, you drop $5 in the pot.
3. At the end of the contest, the raffle tickets are put in a bucket and a single name is drawn, winner takes all.
After however many attempts, I was finally the winner! Not only did I win all the money, but I actually lost weight, too! I paid my original buy-in of $5, but I never put in money after that. For the entire 8 or 9 weeks that we played, I lost at least one pound per week, sometimes more, for a total of 12 to 13 pounds. Go, Me!!!!
I received my "winnings" at lunch and was quite pleased to see $40. Well of course it started burning a hole in my pocket immediately. I knew I had to treat myself to something equine related, but what would it be? I had to stop by Target for some household stuff after work on Friday, so I thought I might browse the Active Wear section; $40 goes quickly there. Here's what my weight loss got me:
I had to spend a bit over the $40, but not by much. I bought two packages (12 pairs) of crew socks for a total of $13.78 - even though I school in field boots, I don't like to wear tall socks. The moisture wicking top was $12.99; it's super cute with a shimmery, metallic sheen. The sports bra was $16.99. None of it was on sale, but the total of $43.76 (plus some tax) seemed fair.
So I now have some new socks, a riding top, and a sports bra to wear with my two pairs of brand new breeches. Hold the phone, boys; this girl is rockin' it!
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%