Product review – Greenfields Saddle pad from TRI Equestrian

No filter! 🐴Ok, I think I have found the saddle pad version of the Penney’s Pippa OConnor dress. 😳 true story – look at this saddle pad – it’s nice and thick, it’s got a contrasting trim, it’s got binding to match and it fits well – clearance at the withers and the binding is not underneathContinue reading “Product review – Greenfields Saddle pad from TRI Equestrian”

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!”

Sit in Row 24 and Keep Off The Floor!

Fresh after our Roland Tong clinic on Friday a couple of weeks back, Sammy was rather intrigued at being put back into the horsebox on Saturday. “Jumps Sammy” I promised as I bribed him up the ramp with a haylage net. We set off for Killossery for the Sarah Ennis eventing clinic but ground toContinue reading “Sit in Row 24 and Keep Off The Floor!”

Celebrating the Irish Eventing World Silver medallists

Given that its been what feels like ten weeks since pay day and it must be the 91st of January, last Saturday provided a well needed post Christmas social outing. 🍹🍾The evening organised with the Irish World Champion Silver medalists by the Eventing Ireland South Leinster region took place at the Osprey Hotel and did notContinue reading “Celebrating the Irish Eventing World Silver medallists”

Showjumping Holy Trinity – The canter, the line and the trust!

When I am teaching show jumping or cross country I have a mantra I always bang on about. Why? Well the answer is two- fold. Firstly if you are going to be a coach you need to have your own philosophy on things and your own way of explaining things (Drive that bus Christa!), otherwiseContinue reading “Showjumping Holy Trinity – The canter, the line and the trust!”

Lets go Christmas Shopping!

I love to shop. It doesn’t necessarily have to be for me which makes Christmas shopping great fun as it is guilt free spending! If you haven’t got all your Christmas shopping sorted yet don’t worry – the internet is your best friend – no traffic, no queues, no slow walkers. So grab the creditContinue reading “Lets go Christmas Shopping!”

Competition nerves and Winning Against Worrying

My anxiety around competition was never really just about competition. It was a fear of the unknown, of lack of control, of new things.  It started when I was a small child and if I was anxious about something I would feel sick and nervous. Things like exams, trying new things, bus trips. Over timeContinue reading “Competition nerves and Winning Against Worrying”

People You Will Meet When Using an Arena

When you are riding by yourself with other people in the arena…. These are the other riders you can often meet….. The Magnet It doesn’t matter how big the arena is or how much you try to ride exercises and movements in your own space – the magnet will gravitate towards you and stick toContinue reading “People You Will Meet When Using an Arena”

Hail To The Bystander

Hail to the bystanders Always waiting to say You shouldn’t be riding Your horse in that way   Always ready with advice When you fall to the ground Although their only riding experience Is reading horse and hound