Category Archives: Equestrian Photos

Getting Into the Heart of Side Saddle

Felicity, Dolly and I in action!

Felicity, Dolly and I in action!

Felicity and I were meant to be together. I first met her on the side of a road when I collected her and another saddle off her owner to bring her to be used on a horse at a side saddle camp a friend had organised. I knew sweet FA about side saddles at the time but loved the look of her as she was a dark leather in contrast to the other doe skin saddles.

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To Compete, Perchance to Win. Ladies Side Saddle Returns to the 2014 RDS Dublin Horse show

Cheryl Power & Whitfield Jack of Hearts in action

Cheryl Power & Whitfield Jack of Hearts in action

When the ladies side saddle class returned to the show ring in the 2014 RDS Dublin Horseshow it was not filled with professional riders on professional show horses. Instead the ring was filled with a variety of horses and riders that served as a beautiful demonstration of versatility. The majority of these riders were not professionals and each one had earned their right to be there by competing successfully at one of the four qualifiers held earlier in the year. The class included show horses, hunters, ex race horses and all-rounders. Likewise the riders themselves hailed from different backgrounds and disciplines from hunting to point to pointing.

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5 Brilliant Products To Help With Plaiting

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1. Plaiting Apron

My friend Aoife bought me this apron a few years ago and I absolutely love it. It ties around my waist and has loads of little pockets to store thread, bands, mane combs, scissors and other plaiting odds and ends. This means that I can plait away hands free without having to reach for things or leave them down. Trying to plait while holding things between my knees, on the horses back or in my mouth has become a thing of the past! My fleece apron is by Snuggy Hoods and is available online at many websites including:

http://www.thetackroom.ie/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=672

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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

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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Just Me And My Shadow

It’s always darkest before the dawn so with Spring starting to break through the long dark evenings here is hoping we get enough light to make a few more of these photos soon.

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Photo copyright Lorna Keogh

Photo copyright Lorna Keogh

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This Is Me When…..

photo by Lorna Keogh

photo by Lorna Keogh

Photo by Lorna Keogh

Photo by Lorna Keogh

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