From Endurance to Dressage
No, not a made up word. Zbogom is Croatian for goodbye. Another Croatian word that is handy to know is Molim - please, and of course hvala van ti - thank you. Why the sudden interest in Croatian? you ask. Well, by the time you read this, we will likely be heading to LAX for our flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
We have spent the past 10 months booking flights, arranging lodging, paying for tours, finding a house/dog sitter, and finding someone to look after my two horses. Today, we leave for 16 days of adventure. Most of our time will be spent in and around Dubrovnik, but we will cross the border to both Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We've traveled a fair amount in the past 30 years, but this will be the farthest east we've been. I've been to Europe at least five times already, but until now, Italy was the farthest east we had traveled. We've been to Canada twice (east and west coasts), Central America (Costa Rica, Belize, & Guatemala), South America (Peru), Hawaii (twice), and as a foreign exchange student, I lived in the Canary Islands for a year. The Canary Islands lie just miles off the coast of Western Sahara in Africa.
It has been a few years since we left the U.S. - lockdowns due to COVID prevented any kind of real travel, so we're very excited about this trip. If we're friends on Facebook, I'll be posting photos and updates. For everyone else, I'll be back in a couple of weeks.
See you soon!
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%: