I first met Catherine when she arrived as an instructor at our local riding school where my daughter, Rose, was riding. Rose at first was not welcoming to Catherine as a new instructor, but Catherine with her infectious love and knowledge for everything to do with equestrianism soon changed that. Rose’s eagerness to learn grew and grew, and Catherine could see this.

I have watched Catherine at work. Her ability to communicate her instruction between adults, teenagers and young children is admirable. Catherine’s method of instruction is engaging, safe and fun, and the results are obvious from lesson to lesson.

One thing you will notice about Catherine, she never has a bad day, and if she does you’d never know! Rose’s progression with Catherine was obvious, and Rose, Catherine and I were so proud when Rose went to her 1st Hunter trials – and won.

When Catherine left the school, to say there were tears would be an understatement. But we knew Catherine was going on to bigger and better things. I know there is a certain group of teenagers now that Catherine started to teach when they were in primary school, now nearly ending their school years, yet they still turn to Catherine for support, and she is always there for them – thank you Catherine.

Catherine has continued to be of great support to Rose, and on hearing of Catherine’s latest venture we are thrilled for her, and wish her all the best.

 ~Julie Kilcawley – mother of Rose and owner of Rosellen’s Florists, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

Catherine as an instructor

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𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓒𝓾𝓼𝓹 𝓸𝓯 𝓪 𝓦𝓪𝓿𝓮 While the sun still sets and the tides they rise, The earth, it spins and the clouds roll by. The birds, they sing and the daffodils bloom, With the smell of spring, the summer, it looms. Yet here I am, trying to find words to say A special thank you to those who feel miles away. They wear gowns of blue, their faces covered, The sound of their voices, muffled and smothered. And though it may seem that the world grows dark, A clap in the night reignites a spark. A nation called to stand firm and stand still. Batten down, they say, as best you can do, Behind closed doors we rally for you. Yet despite this fight, their eyes, they still shine! Their calling to care from something Devine. So to those who sacrifice the most for us, Know we are with you, our spirits, our trust. And while it may feel we are worlds away, The earth, it grows smaller with each passing day. I reach out my hand, and yours to mine, Know the birds, they still sing and the sun it still shines. So here we stand, on the cusp of a wave, A thank you to those wearing blue of the brave. And when this is over, we will stand on the shore, Together, singing, voices muffled no more. 🌊💙🌊💙🌊 To those who wear blue scrubs or white lab coats, fluorescent yellow uniforns or green. Behind tills, behind the wheel of a delivery truck. Thank you. Catherine x #strongertogether #stayhome #covid19 #wildatlanticrider #WARider #WARHorse #WARHorse #wawpics #ireland #bigskies #poetry #trotinto2020 #omegacheckin
Oᕼ ᕼE ᗯIᒪᗪ Just the one plunge and two bucks from the Golden Boy today! But I spent the remaining 20 odd minutes sitting tight in sitting trot so he doesn't tank off across the beach with me - I guarantee you, he wanted to! 🙈 Despite the "uh oh" moment, today was a good day and both horses were in great form. I cannot remember the last time I was able to hack both horses out and not feel pressured for time. Just one of the small blessings from all this... being able to take our time, slow down and hopefully, switch off from reality. I hope you all got the opportunity to get some fresh air and sunshine today. ☀️🌊 Cat x #vitaminsea #seahorse #palomino #goldenboy #beachride #holsteinerverband #irishsporthorse #irishdraughthorse #lovemymare #wildatlanticrider #wawpics #WARider #WARHorse #solas #mochara #grádontrá #surfersparadise #oceanviews #ireland #equestrianlife #horsebloggers #omegacheckin #trotinto2020 #tredstep #iwearhorseware #betweentwoears #lifebetweentheears #lifebehindtheears
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