From Endurance to Dressage
Tuesday was a doozie of a day: 60 fifth graders, I teach two groups of kids, all bent on doing anything BUT work. By 3:00 I was ready for nothing but a glass of wine and a spot on the couch. The whole way home I tried to talk myself out of my nightly barn visit. And even if I made it to the barn, I reasoned, I shouldn't even bother to ride as a cranky rider wouldn't do Sydney a bit of good.
I made it home, tossed on my riding clothes, and gave myself an attitude adjustment. I am so glad I did. By the time I got to the barn at 4:00 p.m., both horses greeted me happily and asked what we were going to do today.
I puttered around as Sydney worked on his dinner and then I saddled him up. As always, he was his usual charming self and was particularly gentlemanly as I mounted up.
We did our warm up, cantered both directions, and then I shortened the reins. He took a moment to think about it, and then he shrugged his shoulders and said, okay.
Be gone, Demon, be gone!
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)
Qualifying Training Level
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