Monthly Archives: May 2014

Stunning Sights at Stag And Stallion

It is hard to appreciate the size of some of the paintings until you see them in the flesh!

It is hard to appreciate the size of some of the paintings until you see them in the flesh!

 

Last night a group of us headed into the Doorway Gallery on South Frederick Street in Dublin for the opening night of ‘Stag and Stallion’. ‘Stag and Stallion’ is an exhibition by Irish artist Tony O’Connor. As a fan of O’Connor’s work and a frequent visitor to his Facebook page where he regularly updates fans on his paintings and plans I was keen to meet both the artist and the art in the flesh. Read the rest of this entry

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The Reality of Being A Hobbit Height Rider / Groom

 

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  • Having to teach yourself to mount up using a block / fence / gate / anything available as there is little hope of you making it from the ground.

 

  • People thinking your horse is way bigger than it is. “Oh my god she must be 18 hands!”. Eh, no, I’m just really short.

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The Balmoral of The Story

Sarah and Ralph (left) and Dolly and I (right) at Balmoral

Sarah and Ralph (left) and Dolly and I (right) at Balmoral

So this week the giant orange and I went to Balmoral to ride side saddle. I entered the show during an emotional month and after a few drinks about 10 weeks ago. It seemed like a great idea at a the time and seemed like a terrifying and ambitious idea on the day. I learned a lot.

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Enjoying Cross Country and Home Cooked Cuisine at Crossogue

Cross country at Crossogue

Cross country at Crossogue

Ever thought ‘no one ever wins those competitions on Facebook’? I used to think that too. I was wrong. People win – I won! Most recently I won a fantastic prize of a two day trip to Crossogue Equestrian near Thurles in Co. Tipperary in Ireland. My trip included two nights stay, meals and four lessons. Having ridden at Crossogue many years ago I was delighted to get an opportunity to head back and even more delighted when my friend Dani decided to book in to come with me.

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Things That Always Fascinated Me About The Saddle Club Books

 

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Crazy Lady Mrs Reg

This old lady seemed to live out her days waiting for students to wander into the tack room. She was especially attracted to those wrestling with their conscience, going through an emotional time or struggling to make a decision. Rather than just getting to the point or giving advice she always had a long drawn out vague fable that was someone how meant to point them in the right direction. Get to the frickin point Mrs R.

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