“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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Photoshoot with Equieire

Well, Saturday was a little bit different!! My friends and I took part in an amazing photoshoot with local Irish Equestrian business Equieire I cannot WAIT to see the photos by the fabulous Caroline from Ascent Media. Sammy was in his element posing with everyone where as Oisin and I changed dressage for showjumping forContinue reading “Photoshoot with Equieire”

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!”

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”

#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….”