F.E.A.R. & Determination

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

The Power of Perception – Tips for Equestrians in staying positive

I recently spent a day doing a workshop with second level students on self-confidence and the power of perception. Although it was a used in a personal development context, it can be easily applied to anything. It’s validity from an equestrian perspective really hit home the following weekend, when a friend asked me to come … Continue reading The Power of Perception – Tips for Equestrians in staying positive

2017: Work in Progress

We're heading into the month of May so I thought I'd share a little update about what we've been up to and where we are now. If you're not familiar with Giselle and I, we both suffered set backs last year due to injury. We've spent the past 5 months committed to flatwork and dressage training … Continue reading 2017: Work in Progress

Tuesday Tip! Keeping it simple

Today's Tuesday tip is going to be short and sweet; Try to keep it simple. As riders and as instructors we can sometimes get too "into" it and complicate things. I myself am very guilty of it - both as a rider and an instructor. It's because we love what we're doing and want to … Continue reading Tuesday Tip! Keeping it simple

Tuesday Tip! The Dreaded Diagonal

For those of you who struggle to "get the diagonal" this little ditty may be of help to you... Always remember to RISE AND FALL WITH THE LEG ON THE WALL! Now for the explanation.... 1. How many beats are there to the trot? Two you say? Correct!  You can say up-down-up-down if you like but … Continue reading Tuesday Tip! The Dreaded Diagonal

To jump, or not to jump? That is the question.

Ian Fearon Showjumping Clinic I was recently given the opportunity to take part in an Ian Fearon showjumping Clinic. This was kindly organised by my riding club, Benbulben RC. Ian is a high performance Level 3 Horse Sport Ireland coach who managed and coached a number of gold, silver and bronze medal junior and senior … Continue reading To jump, or not to jump? That is the question.

Hacking into the Arena

I live in the most north-westerly point of the Emerald Isle. You cannot get any further away from equestrian civilization than this. It is, as they say, ‘next stop America!’ In fact, having flown a number of times from Dublin to New York, I’ve enjoyed watching the flight tracker as our plane literally flies over […]

2017 Kick the Inner Critic to the Curb

Bouncing back from injury and the lack of confidence that comes with it... Every year begins the same way, this is the year - 100% commitment. 2016 was no exception. I had massive plans to get back into competition mode, jump the amateur circuit and come the summer, get a few one day events in. I … Continue reading 2017 Kick the Inner Critic to the Curb