- Gain Line enjoying the Spa at Karlswood
I always enjoy returning home to Karlswood Stables at the end of the summer season and getting some much needed downtime after the excitement of the Grand Prix win in Dublin. The horses are back home now, enjoying the spa we have installed here, and also doing a bit of hacking along some of the scenic trails and pathways we have around us.
This week Billy Twomey, Conor Swail, Cameron Hanley, Shane Breen and Shane Sweetnam are competing for Team Ireland in the Jumping Nations' Cup at the European Championships in Denmark, and I wish the lads the best of luck while they're over there.
- Blue Loyd double clears in a fast timePic: www.allenkielyphotography.com
What a week! Dublin horse show is simply a buzz from start to finish. You can feel the enthusiasm and excitement from everyone present, public and exhibitors.
The Irish team fell slightly short on Friday in the Aga Khan finishing third but all the horses jumped well. It’s my 10th time on the Dublin team and it’s without doubt the most enjoyable competition to ride, in the world.
Unique won a good speed class on Wednesday and Gain Line was fifth in both the young international horse qualifier and final. Blue Loyd was super on Friday just making a single mistake in both rounds but jumped out of his skin in Sunday’s grand prix - recording one of only two double clear rounds with a faster time to take the honours at one of the most prestigious grand prix events in the world. It feels great to win anywhere, but to do it at home for the home crowd is something special.
I'm extremely grateful to Blue Loyd’s owners Frank Stronach and his granddaughter Nikki for giving me the opportunity to ride Loyd in Dublin, and on two occasions this year we were able to contribute to the team’s score in the league. At the end of the league now, Team Ireland ultimately qualified for the final in Barcelona and indeed for next year’s top league, and I'm thrilled that we were able to play our part.
This week we travel to Millstreet for the 3 star international show and Blue Loyd will also be in action with Nikki in the international classes.
Check back next week for more news,