The Balmoral of The Story

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 learnedContinue reading “The Balmoral of The Story”

Enjoying Cross Country and Home Cooked Cuisine 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 fourContinue reading “Enjoying Cross Country and Home Cooked Cuisine at Crossogue”

Things That Always Fascinated Me About The Saddle Club Books

    Crazy Lady Mrs Reg This old lady seemed to live out her days waiting for students to wander into the tack room. She was especially attracted to those wrestling with their conscience, going through an emotional time or struggling to make a decision. Rather than just getting to the point or giving adviceContinue reading “Things That Always Fascinated Me About The Saddle Club Books”

Flashback Friday – My Little Pony The Movie

    As pathetic as it sounds, one of my prized possessions is my collection of retro 80’s VHS tapes. One of the best has got to be My Little Pony the movie. I still have the first ever pony I got. My mum brought her home from me when she came home from workContinue reading “Flashback Friday – My Little Pony The Movie”

People You Are Likely To Meet In A Stable Yard

  The Fictional Show Jumper   “I can jump 1.20”. Sure you can……at home…..badly….over a single fence. The miraculous feats achieved by the fictional show jumper will often happen when there is no one around to see, video or photograph it. Likewise, none of these skills have yet been displayed at a competition where theContinue reading “People You Are Likely To Meet In A Stable Yard”

Paddys Day At Abbeyfield

It was Paddys Day, it was not p*ssing rain, I was off work. There was only one thing for it, road trip time. Given the proximity of Abbeyfield Farm to the yard it was the perfect place to go for some cross country schooling. I’d been at the yard before but only while hunting soContinue reading “Paddys Day At Abbeyfield”

10 Horses We All Wanted To Own In The 80’s & 90’s

  Milton If you read Horse & Pony magazine as a child you could not avoid being under the spell of British show jumping legend Milton aka Everest Milton., Milton, owned by the Bradley family and competed by John Whitaker, wowed the crowds in a career that spanned twelve years. The grey horse that couldContinue reading “10 Horses We All Wanted To Own In The 80’s & 90’s”

That Awkward Moment When….

You realise you know what age all the horses are but had to think for a minute to remember what age your siblings are. You wonder what that smell in the supermarket is and then realise it’s you. Haylage and rain are not a good mix.

An Adverse Weather Cross Country Adventure At Grange Farm

  It was one in the afternoon on a weekend in January. After three hours standing I felt like I was on a boat. The wind rocked me from side to side and the rain battered my back. The water had begun to seep through the seams of my hard working coat and my waxContinue reading “An Adverse Weather Cross Country Adventure At Grange Farm”

Happy First Birthday!

Equestrian Reality is over a year old! It’s been one bloggers dream, 52 blog posts, almost 150,000 views and a lot of surprises along the way. Thank you to everyone who looked, liked, shared, laughed, encouraged and supported. Here is hoping for many more years to come! L “When you see someone putting on hisContinue reading “Happy First Birthday!”