For the love of a horse

How do we explain our love of horses? It begins with feeling. A love for fresh air, green hills and big blue skies - a fascination with life. It's an overwhelming desire to explore the world around you. A sense of adventure and a yearning for freedom. It's the desire for companionship and love as you take … Continue reading For the love of a horse

A thousand horses….

A thousand horse – and none to ride! With flowing tail, and flying mane, Wide nostrils never stretched by pain, Mouth bloodless to the bit or rein, And feet that never iron shod, And flanks unscarred by spur or rod, A thousand horse, the wild, the free, Like waves that follow o’er the sea, Came … Continue reading A thousand horses….

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

Making a Champion

Today's WordPress daily word prompt is "champion" (via Daily Prompt: Champion) which automatically makes me think of today's big equestrian news - Rio Olympics individual showjumping gold medalists Nick Skelton and his horse, Big Star, have announced their joint retirement. If you're not familiar with who Nick Skelton is, he became Olympic champion in the … Continue reading Making a Champion

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