Cleaning out an equestrian jeep.

I cleaned out my jeep last weekend. 😱 Yes you heard that correctly and no I haven’t gone insane. I had to fit two humans, a dog and enough stuff for 3 days into it so it was inevitable. 👱‍♂️👱‍♀️🐶 If you haven’t cleaned your horsey vehicle out for a while I’d highly recommend itContinue reading “Cleaning out an equestrian jeep.”

Equestrian Clothing Manufacturers – We need to talk!

Equestrian clothing manufacturers – we need to talk! I have questions… I’m all for innovation in product but there’s also a need to know your market. Lately I’ve seen a wealth of new items in stores that I can only describe as a climate mismatch. My current favourite is the riding leggings with knee ventilationContinue reading “Equestrian Clothing Manufacturers – We need to talk!”

Things Instructors and Coaches Say

There was a post the other week on the “sh*teventersunite” page about phrases commonly used by instructors / coaches. Now while I have a few phrases of my own (mainly about elbows and clicking), it got me thinking of some of my favourite phrases I have heard screamed at me while on a horse. 🦄“YouContinue reading “Things Instructors and Coaches Say”

Things I am not emotionally equipped to deal with in the equestrian world – competition edition

If you know me, you will know that there are certain things my brain just cant process. Its me not you – I know this This is tongue in cheek and not intended to cause offense but sure it probably will anyway #sorryKaren White fly veils *side note, people who call them bonnets, please stopContinue reading “Things I am not emotionally equipped to deal with in the equestrian world – competition edition”

Constructive Feedback Vs Criticism

Just something that I wanted to share. Inspired by a conversation with a friend where we realised that we had experienced some great coaches before but also some that had good intentions but lacked the ability to understand the riders current state, couldn’t aim towards goals and ended up being critical rather than helpful. ItContinue reading “Constructive Feedback Vs Criticism”

BHS Silver Challenge Awards – the simple path to Stage 1, 2 and Ride Safe

I often get asked about BHS exams and awards as my other half is a BHSI and BHS Assessor. One of the topics that comes up a lot is around the silver challenge and the ride safe award so we have put together this simple guide. The BHS (British Horse Society) offer a series ofContinue reading “BHS Silver Challenge Awards – the simple path to Stage 1, 2 and Ride Safe”

Dressage – “Don’t Fear to Volunteer”

When we sign up to join Leinster Dressage (or any region of Dressage Ireland), one of the criteria is that wee volunteer to help at regional or national shows. For those of us who volunteer regularly or who have organised and run shows, this is second nature to us and the roles are familiar butContinue reading “Dressage – “Don’t Fear to Volunteer””

#letthemride This Is Why It Matters

You might be wondering why many of us Irish horsey folk have been sharing the #letthemride hashtag, posts and articles. So, I just thought it might be worth explaining why this is. A few years ago a group of four female riders qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Due to circumstances this original team cannot go.Continue reading “#letthemride This Is Why It Matters”

No one ever won a medal for not taking part….

Do you remember, back we were younger, before reality bit, when dreams still seemed possible? That is one of the joys of being a child – the ability to dream without restraint and without limitations. For many of us, as we get older we realise that we may not have the ability to achieve thoseContinue reading “No one ever won a medal for not taking part….”

My Lovely Horse Rescue – facing the real and lesser known horse welfare crisis in Ireland

This week has seen a lot of debate on social media around Horse welfare in Ireland. I do not wish to publicly comment on the example in question as I do not believe in trial by social media. However, what has struck me is the fact that so many people seem oblivious to the factContinue reading “My Lovely Horse Rescue – facing the real and lesser known horse welfare crisis in Ireland”