I have two veteran horses - but you wouldn't know it by looking at them! Seventeen year old Giselle is generally a good grubber but she can be fussy. Twenty-one year old, Solas, is a glutinous gelding, who would eat all around him given the opportunity. He once robbed a ham salad sandwich from my … Continue reading What’s in the feed?
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
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
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
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…
Day 30 of #Blogtober asks to "Share a photo from the past and the story behind it." I have chosen this photo of my first horse, Solas. I first met Solas as a 3 week old foal when he came to the local stables with his mum. It was 1998 and I was 13... He … Continue reading The Price of a Dream
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
Where did those 3 years go? My "child" is all grown up! Little Cara is now 3 and is about to start her education, which means, she might get out to a show this summer. Fun times! She has a walk to die for and even though she's only 15/1 at the moment, she has … Continue reading Name Game: Cara needs a name!
Badminton - it never disappoints. I love it. If I had started writing this last week it would be filled with loads of exclamation marks and oh my Gods and amazings and fantastics.. you'd be annoyed by the second sentance and probably wouldn't read on (who says you're gonna read on anyway?!); so rightfully I … Continue reading Badminton Horse Trials 2018