“A tale of two Sammys”

I headed up to Coilog this morning and left the horses at home in the field (rather nice of me I thought instead of them standing in the box ) while I helped out with the running of the show. Id planned to pop back and pick the horses up. I got a text fromContinue reading ““A tale of two Sammys””

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Getting There

Oisin on Sunday I love that Louise O’Brien Equestrian Photography takes so many shots as it’s a learning experience for riders and there’s always one you love. There’s so many photos where I could pick myself apart as I’ve so much to work on and practice (honestly sometimes I wish I could wear L plates!)Continue reading “Getting There”

The Rise of the Equestriennes

“The rise of the Equestriennes” #wearenotdoneyet

#iamnotdone

A wrote a post for the Grassroots gazette this week. It centered around the fact that in my opinion we have way too many melancholic posts doing the rounds on social media about being “done” and about being tired of pretending to enjoy competing. My issue was the insinuation that professional riders resent these amateursContinue reading “#iamnotdone”

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 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”

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….”