Hey everyone, it's been a hectic week at Karlswood. A lot of organising in the logistics of travelling 15 horses to the Sunshine Tour. They travel tomorrow night and I'll be glad when they're gone!
We had 19 originally but as Ruth had her accident she won't be able to take her horse and instead has given him to John Floody to jump in the Chippison League while we're away. Also, we sold three young horses in the last ten days which is always good and now we can use Spain to watch and perhaps pick up some replacements.
I rode a new mare in the Chippison 1m35 class at Cavan, which was won by Robert Splaine. She is an 8 year-old mare called Accorada and I think could be very special. She has a technique and a brain to die for and only needs further experience, which she will get in Spain.
In addition, I take Ballymore Eustace who I'm really looking forward to this year, Larkhill Cruiser who I will jump in the early Grand Prix, and towards the end of the tour I will step Splendor up a gear. Also I ride my new mare La Belle who I think is very promising. Mark Kinsella was 3rd in Cavan last Sunday withn Jackie Harris's Ozy Clover and he also heads to Spain along with Waterboy and Sebo.
I also have three students training with me on the tour and Johnny O'Connell will be travelling with me for the duration to assist with the coaching. Early in my career I realised you can’t do everything on your own and I'm both fortunate and grateful to have such a great team around me who help keep the show on the road!
I don’t fly to Spain until next week so check back Sunday for more news.