Dressage, Hairy Chests and Bog Water Tea

Anyone who has ever been Dressage training will know that your body can really suffer from these sessions. You’ll never be fit enough and tea is the only solution for the phenomenal fatigue that follows 45min of physical torture that you voluntarily sign up for, and…

Riding With Feel and Leaving My Head Behind

After all our training and our super win with 69%, I was feeling on top of the world. However, something was amiss. We had been doing really well but I was finding that duchess was becoming more and more disconnected with her hind and she was…

Ouch Rodrigo, My Foot Hurts!

Jenny from Redhills Stud had organised another session with Rodrigo Matos and since our last one was so good I jumped at the opportunity to go again. Rodrigo Matos is a quiet reserved character, he is unassuming when you first meet and soft spoken. He is…

5 Essential Things I Always Take to a Show

There is a tonne of gear you need with you when your packing up for a show and some of them are pretty obvious – I know someone who forgot the horse once. With all the necessary and sometimes unnecessary stuff we bring with us, there are…

My Sanity is Definitely in Question These Days

This weekend Leinster Dressage held their regional show in JAG Equestrian (aka, Winterdown or Kildare International). Thank you JAG for allowing us to prance around on your beautiful surfaces, you have done an amazing job on improving the place. It was a really well run show…

Snot and Text Messages

After a few days of epic builder’s tissues (Definition – ‘Builders Tissue’: when a builder man blocks one nostril and elegantly clears his other mucus blocked nostril onto the ground), Duchess has now recovered from her recent cold. Of course like any fussing Irish mammy I was up in…

The Effing Big Truck

Duchess can’t travel with a partition, being the delicate creature that she is, she became highly irrational one day and started to scramble in the box. So off to West Wood Trailers in Nass we went to get two full bars so she could travel like…

Knickers in a Twist

I have a massive hatred of underpants when it comes to horse riding. Unless they are suspended under your feet, cross-threaded to each leg and hung from your bra, they have a tendency to attempt a gynaecological examination at high speed. I had mentioned this to…

Duchess & Avril

I figure at some stage somewhere there is someone who will be interested in the little lives of Grand Duchess and Avril Clinton-Forde. Grand Duchess is a little Chestnut, Irish Sport Horse who I bought in 2007 when she was 6 years old. Bred by the…