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”

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”

My Lovely Horse Rescue – facing the real and lesser known horse welfare crisis in Ireland

This week has seen a lot of debate on social media around Horse welfare in Ireland. I do not wish to publicly comment on the example in question as I do not believe in trial by social media. However, what has struck me is the fact that so many people seem oblivious to the factContinue reading “My Lovely Horse Rescue – facing the real and lesser known horse welfare crisis in Ireland”

Eventing Adventures – Torrential Tattersalls!

So this weekend was really one of ups and downs. On Friday Merlot 🍷🐴left for her new home in the UK. Thanks to everyone who asked if I was ok – I am as sometimes you have to make tough decisions but when its for the right reason it’s the right decision. She has gone toContinue reading “Eventing Adventures – Torrential Tattersalls!”

Product Review – Janni Bars Leather Balm

  I love doing product reviews. I am a big fan of Janni Bars already – they are a local small company who specialise in environmentally friendly and plastic free beauty products for humans, horses and dogs. I currently use several of their bars already – the after work bar to bathe my horses afterContinue reading “Product Review – Janni Bars Leather Balm”

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”

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!”

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”

The Reality of the UK as an Irish Equestrian

My partner and I spent a week in the UK in August with one of the horses he competes. It was a brilliant week and we learned quite a few things about being an Irish Equestrian abroad! 1. There are some really nice people. I mean ridiculously nice. As in dropping your b & bContinue reading “The Reality of the UK as an Irish Equestrian”