I'm writing this of the eve of the opening of the 2010 Dublin Horse Show. All the horses are in their stables and have passed their veterinary inspection and I'm about to get an early night in the hotel to be fresh and ready for the week ahead.
The horses came in to the RDS this morning and had a light lunge and I did some flatwork with them all this afternoon just to get them used to the surroundings and stretch their legs.
The show begins tomorrow and I've brought five international horses with me.
K Club Lady will be aimed at Friday's Nations' Cup and Sunday's Grand Prix. Splendor will jump the feature classes tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday. Irish independent Echo Beach will feature in the speed classes throughout the week. Noctambule Courcelle is a horse I got just a week ago, and I will attempt to jump the Puissance on Saturday.
I also have a new horse to me, which I got only last Thursday - a 7 year-old called Ballymore Eustace who will jump the 7 and 8 year old international classes on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I'm excited by this horse. He has been well produced by Paddy Quinlan over the last six months and I'm looking forward to riding him this week.
The Dublin Horse Show is something special. It's a time when the whole equestrian community throughout the country comes together. There's international, and national show jumping, pony jumping, loose jumping, showing classes, hunt chases, Ladies' Day, and a whole lot more.
Really, there's something for everyone, and I would encourage everybody to get down to the RDS at least one day this week.
On a personal note from me without a doubt it's the most important show in the year. Obviously being based in Ireland and running my coaching and horse business here it's a great shop win
Keeping that in mind, I specially try to do my best here, and I'm hopeful for a big week ahead.
Check back during the week for results and stories.