Hello and welcome to the first weekend riding challenge as part of the WARider November Lockdown Challenge. The 10/10/10 Riding Challenge is relatively simple, until you try it for the first time that is! It will act as a simple trotting exercise to ease you into the WAR Challenges to come. It'll test your co-ordination, … Continue reading The 10/10/10 Riding Challenge
𝗛𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 Learning is a treasure that will follow you everywhere - as long as you are open to it. Last week while I was away for work I caught up on the latest Equi Ratings Eventing Podcast on the topic of Horsemanship. The episode included BHS Fellow, Eric Smiley, and event rider Andrew Nicholson. In … Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom – Horsemanship
It's well known that mares have a reputation for being difficult. In horse people language the term we use is "mare-ish." Being the independent woman type with high moral standards, and owning two mares (one of which being chestnut), I feel pretty strongly that our equine lady friends are unfairly stigmatized. The topic sprung up … Continue reading Mares are from Venus – Geldings are from Mars
Even though the days are longer it still seems there are not enough hours in the day! I've been very quiet on the blogging front these past few weeks as life in general has been very VERY busy. So this is just a brief update in pictures about what we've been up to. Work - … Continue reading A month in pictures!
Roughly a month ago Anne from HorseWorld told me she was sending me the new Falsterbo Fork to review. At first I thought "Great! I need a new shavings fork!" but then the after thought hit me, "how in the hay am I going to write something about a pooper scooper?!".... It's a practical item, so here's a … Continue reading The Falsterbo Fork: A proper pooper scooper.
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
I'm lying in bed, with two cats sleeping at my feet and my dog asleep at the foot of my bed. There's a pile of washing on the floor and a basket of clean clothes still waiting to be put away - and they're going to stay there. This is the first morning in months … Continue reading Saturday morning reflection…
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.
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 […]
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