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….”

Product Review – Mountain Horse Alicia Coat

I buy a lot so when I say something is my new favourite thing, bear in mind its competed with a fair amount of things to get there. After Christmas a friend and I had gone shopping and we had planned or ages to save up and head to TRI equestrian between Christmas and newContinue reading “Product Review – Mountain Horse Alicia Coat”

Things I learned at Jumping Amsterdam

Last weekend was a bit of a dream come true for me. After a very hectic Christmas with long days working in the yard and then a rollercoaster return to the day job I was grateful to have a few days off booked to get away from everything, to learn and to plan. While IContinue reading “Things I learned at Jumping Amsterdam”

Making a Balls of It!

Well last week was full of ups and downs! On Wednesday I learned to play with balls while riding and it was not as erotic as that sounds!! 😃 . I will be the first to admit that when I first heard of Franklin Balls – rubber air filled balls that look like some kind of deformedContinue reading “Making a Balls of It!”

BACK to Basics

I have always had a ‘bad back’ for lack of a better expression. I remember as a child my mother telling me to stand straight, shoulders back and to be honest I just couldn’t. It never did me any great harm and I managed to learn to ride starting aged ten but over the yearsContinue reading “BACK to Basics”

We don’t have to be amazing at this

This is something I found myself speaking a lot about last week in person and online. I am, like many others, an amateur rider. Horses are not in my family background and much as they are what I live for, I had neither the talent, the support or the funds to be a professional atContinue reading “We don’t have to be amazing at this”

People You Will Meet in The Dressage Warmup

Needs a sat nav Rider with no concept of basic rules of the school usually riding along naval grazing while others have to swerve around them. Will have ‘left hand to left hand’ hissed at them at least ten times in the warm up but probably won’t even notice as they almost crush your kneeContinue reading “People You Will Meet in The Dressage Warmup”

Winter Finals, here we come!

Sunday was quite simply, an experience. I headed off with two friends to our first Dressage Ireland competition of the season. They were keen to qualify for Cavan,  I just needed three more scores myself and one wanted to test drive her new lorry so we thought why not and headed off out West toContinue reading “Winter Finals, here we come!”