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…
"A year from now, everything you're stressing about won't even matter." Just a little over a year ago, while aimlessly scrolling through my insta feed, I stumbled upon the above quote. A daily inspiration post from one of those accounts created to suck in those who are lost in a virtual life limbo; attempting to … Continue reading A year from now…
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
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 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….
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
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
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
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
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.