- The picturesque setting at Chantilly
I’m writing from Montabaur in Frankfurt where my gang has been based for the summer.
It's been fun and productive but we are all ready for home. It's been a great week on the shopping front as the new eight year old that I bought in Belgium has arrived and feels really good. In addition a horse I had been watching for some time jumped superbly in Aachen and I managed to get him bought. It's an exciting horse that you will be seeing shortly!
Mark left for the show in Gera, Germany today with some students and will compete there for the weekend. My horses leave for Chantilly tomorrow for the Global Champions Tour and I drive there also and then drive my car on home, which i brought out from Ireland in April.
A lot of logistics to work out and I’m indebted to my super staff who make everything possible.
Looking forward to competing at the RDS and the week before the Grand Prix at South County Show in Coilog.
Check back after Chantilly for more news.
Just home from Nations’ Cup show in Falsterbo. I myself got a late call up to go there following the withdrawal of Shane Carey’s horse and despite not even currently riding Splendor, Robert Splaine had no other option but to ask me to come and help the team if I could.
Thankfully the horse’s owner Ahmed Tolba is very supportive and he was as enthusiastic as any of us on the day, wishing the Irish to do well.
Splendor jumped for a 4 and a 4 to help the team finish 5th and I must say he handled the course very easily.
All the horses jumped great for the weekend and I was very pleased with their performance.
I’m home now for a few days then I head back to Germany . I’ve just bought an exciting new eight year old that I’m looking forward to ride, and over the next ten days I will gradually move the 20 horses from Germany back to Ireland and start to prepare for the Dublin Horse Show, which is only a few weeks away.
No rest for the wicked - gotta keep moving!
- Temple Road (left) and K Club Lady
As you’ll see from my home page I have sold both K Club Lady and Temple Road ( to see news story - click here).
I will miss them both greatly but it’s always good to sell! I’m already on the lookout for some new horses, and you’d be amazed at the amount of new friends that I have! The word has travelled around and every dealer in Europe has been in touch with me promising potential horses. But I’m not going to rush, I’m going to take my time, keep my eyes and ears open. As usually, when you try hard to find them they don’t turn up.
I thought I wouldn’t be doing big shows for some time, however last week the Irish Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine contacted me to say that he was stuck for a fifth rider for Falsterbo and would I be able to come with Splendor.
Splendor jumped really well last weekend with his owner Ahmed Tolba at a show at Geesteren in Holland, and Ahmed kindly changed his plans to allow me to take the horse to try and help the team.
The next few legs of the Superleague are crucial for us, as top combinations are thin on the ground and points are needed badly, so as to maintain our strong position on the leaderboard and not give away any ground at this stage.
So also I take to Falsterbo K Club Lady for the small classes and I’ve a beautiful new bay gelding called Phin Phin’s Shooting Star who I got last week and I will use him in the speed classes and the derby.
Looking forward to Falsterbo as it has been a happy hunting ground for us in the past, and I have fond memories of my first time there 11 years ago when myself Cameron Hanley, Gerry Flynn and Shane Carey won the Nations’ Cup.
I’m just working the horses for the next few days in Germany and I fly home to Ireland on Monday where I will be attending the launch of a new bedding for horses product called ComfyBed, then I fly to Falsterbo on Wednesday.
Looking forward to the week ahead, so check back next week for more news.