Over the years I have been extremely privileged to have worked with and met, some of - who I would consider - the world's equestrian champions. When my son recently had a shot on his big sister's pony and announced, out of the blue, that he could be the next Mark Todd, I realised that … Continue reading Chapter Thirty-Two; A Star is Born
I would like to think that my children are fairly well behaved, based on feedback from other parents, teachers etc, I think they are doing ok. But how do you really know and what benchmark should we use for assessing this, for example if we were to follow the example set on the television, what … Continue reading Chapter Thirty One – How do you solve a problem…?
I've been a very bad blogger. It's not that I haven't written anything recently, it's just that none of it has gotten past the nightly 3am review, when I've found myself making plans, writing articles and doing half a days work, before the alarm even goes off. But you get spells like that and sometimes other … Continue reading Chapter Thirty – Life through a lens
My 'real' job, that helps pay for my ridiculously expensive 'hobby', is in marketing. So you would think that when it comes to advertising campaigns, I would be wise to the trickery that surrounds the promotion of products to make them more appealing to consumers. 'More volume shampoo, flawless concealer, false lash effect mascara', all … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Nine – Horsey Holidays
As the time comes around again to another landmark event in the horsey calendar – Dublin Horse Show – I really can’t believe that another year has passed, something I seem to say more often with every birthday. Preparation for Dublin Horse Show in 2018, will be no different than it was this time last … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Eight – Mini-break
Change. A word that can strike fear in many, as the prospect of dealing with unknown places, situations, people, threatens to upset the status quo in someone's life. Change can be very unsettling, upsetting and disruptive, particularly if children or animals are involved. But change in life is not inevitable, it is certain. My knowledge … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Seven – As good as a rest?
I do like a good chat, and have reached a stage in life where I am blessed to have a few very good friends, that I could say literally anything to (and regularly do!). Tag has also been privy to my ramblings and seems to move his ears at all the right times as I … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Six – Time to talk
This post has been a bit delayed as I've been off doing 'normal' family things, with not a horse in sight (bar the two who happened to be on the beach as we went on our seaside adventure, and I managed to refrain from cooing at them for too long 🤷♀️). We went camping. *sharp … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Five – And relax…
As I've mentioned, Tag has never been a big fan of his travel arrangements and I have spent many a fraught hour trying to persuade him to walk up that blasted ramp. I can safely say his stubbornness has pushed me to the limit many times. And those poor people who have tried to help me … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Four – Travel Sick
Even the most experienced and confident riders have moments of doubt. Have I done enough? Have I trained hard enough? Have I pushed myself far enough? Very often the best way to quieten the voices of doubt, is to get out there and see how you compare to your competitors, hopefully proving to yourself that … Continue reading Chapter Twenty Three – Ringside Judges