You've practiced your dogs leg and related distances and worked on your approach to the square oxer that you're sure you will meet at fence one. Show day and you arrive at the venue, park up, and walk the course. You walk the related distances, eyeball the seemingly ma-hoosive oxer at fence one - and … Continue reading Coping with Competition – Tips and Tales for Riders to Curb the Nerves
Dressage was coming. The Wild Atlantic Dressage Festival, that is - and seeing as I was helping with the promotion of the event, I set myself a the goal of rejoining Dressage Ireland, competing at the festival and riding a novice test for the first time. For many, this isn't a big deal, but for me, … Continue reading Enter at… Aye? Our Wild Atlantic Dressage Experience.
It's been a while since I've written a little Miss G update. We've been quietly working away as best as we can in this wild winter weather and have been having fun between hacking, lessons and helping with the planning of an exciting new event. So, G moved home at the beginning of December after … Continue reading Trotting On… It’s nearly Competition Time
This is going to sound completely random, but that is how I roll... Does anyone remember the Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams? It's a 1989 film about a farmer who hears a voice telling him: "If you build it, he will come." Costner's character takes this as an instruction to build a baseball pitch … Continue reading If you build it…
Fear. Everyone fears something. Every rider has some little thing that scares the livin' bejaysus out of them. The sound of the jump cups tinging as your instructor puts them up a hole, sharing a lesson with the some one who appears to be absolutely flawless with an amaze-balls horse, or the pre-competition nerves leaving … Continue reading F.E.A.R. & Determination
Millstreet International Horse Show's August fixture is the high light of every show jumper's year. I'm normally working during it so the fact that I got to take a few days off this year and go was dream come true. Getting to take Miss G was the added bonus! I have been working extremely hard … Continue reading Millstreet Horse Show 2018
Yesterday Giselle and I competed in our first one day event of the year - it's been a LONG time coming! We've been focusing on our dressage for the last 6 months or so we were both very excited to be getting out for some fun cross country jumping. Knowing that it would be at … Continue reading One day event – so close!