Making A Show Of Yourself Part 3 – Class Format

Format of a ridden flat class All riders enter on right rein in walk. Steward will instruct to trot on and canter on in a group. Steward will ask to come back to trot and change the rein. Steward will ask for canter on other rein and steward will invite to extend canter / gallopContinue reading “Making A Show Of Yourself Part 3 – Class Format”

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Making a Show of Yourself Part 2 – Tack & Turnout

Rider Turnout Aim to look professional, tidy and workmanlike. Footwear – Adults long leather boots. (leather short boots and gaiters may be permitted, check rules of class). Adults cannot show in short boots only. Children under 12, short boots with jod clips. Children over 12, as per adults. Have your groom wipe your boots beforeContinue reading “Making a Show of Yourself Part 2 – Tack & Turnout”

Making A Show Of Yourself – Part 1 – Types of ridden showing classes

This series is based on a guide I drew up a few years ago ahead of a clinic I delivered to novice adults and children. There are a wealth of showing experts out there and I will not pretend to know as much nor more than any of them. This guide is not intended forContinue reading “Making A Show Of Yourself – Part 1 – Types of ridden showing classes”

RDS Dublin Horse Show – Things To Look Out For

A teenager that looks like a Spooks or Kingsland stall threw up on them.   A child with a face plastered in chocolate or ice cream.   A child crying because they want ice cream.   A pony with a cracking jump.   A child jumping higher on a 12.2 pony than you would everContinue reading “RDS Dublin Horse Show – Things To Look Out For”

Side Saddle Makeup Unveiled

When some of the side saddle ladies including Ciara my side saddle friend and mentor recently declared that lipstick for side saddle showing should not be red, I was relieved. I have nothing against red lipstick but it simply doesn’t suit me. I either end up looking like a child in their parents make upContinue reading “Side Saddle Makeup Unveiled”

5 Brilliant Products To Help With Plaiting

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 toContinue reading “5 Brilliant Products To Help With Plaiting”

When Opportunity Met Preparation

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” is one of my favourite phrases. So often in competition, especially when things go wrong, we talk about what you can buy – the best horse with the most potential, the expensive clothing, the sessions with the best coach / instructor / sports psychologist. However it is the existenceContinue reading “When Opportunity Met Preparation”

Riding Club Festival – Survival Tips

It is almost time for the annual riding clubs festival. Times have been issued, weather apps are being consulted, child of prague statues are being plonked out on doorsteps, plans are being made and lists are being written. You can check out what I learned at last year’s festival here. In the meantime, considering IContinue reading “Riding Club Festival – Survival Tips”

Stunning Sights at Stag And Stallion

  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 updatesContinue reading “Stunning Sights at Stag And Stallion”

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”