I think we all like to see the snow for a day or two, but the persistent bad weather we've been experiencing all around Europe in the last week has been pretty unpleasant to say the least.
For people in the horse world it presents all sorts of problems, not least trying to get feed to horses in the field and indeed water pipes in the stables freezing over. I think everyone will be glad to see the back of it.
I've been in Holland for the last few days working my horses as they head off to Geneva this week. Interestingly enough I've been driving in similar weather conditions to Ireland but the car I hired in Holland had winter tyres - it really made a difference, and as our winters seem to be getting more severe it's perhaps something I might invest in for next year.
I jumped Larkhill Cruiser at a training show in Roggel yesterday and he jumped very nice in the 1m35. It was good to be able to give him a pop in a show environment ahead of the next two weeks' competitions. I fly home tonight and fly back out to Geneva on Wednesday where I will jump Splendor, Umberto and Larkhill Cruiser, and Asturias in the Puissance.
Two out of those four are fully Irish bred, not bad heading to a 5 star show - things are looking up!
Check back next week to see how we get on.