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Dublin show at the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge is the centrepiece and driving force for many in the Irish Equestrian community. It is so dominant in our culture that people just talk about it as ‘the horse show’, despite the fact that there are…Continue
Posted on August 8, 2010 at 3:00am — 8 Comments
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After the dressage my home bred hero Mandiba leads the World Cup 3* event at Rebecca Farms in Montana....congratulations to Karen O'Connor and all her team....while his full brother High Kingdom, with Zara Phillips aboard, is in 12th place after the dressage in the Advanced division at Aston Le Walls in England and like his brother goes cross country today. Their half brother Tredstep…Continue
Posted on July 24, 2010 at 3:30am — 5 Comments
So sad to hear that Oki Doki is no longer with us….who needs cheering up? The great thing about age is the ability to enjoy the little equine things that possibly were once hidden by the pursuit of rosettes in earlier days:…
Posted on July 23, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments
Happy children and happy summer riding days. Full of friendship and partnership with both their ponies and other riders. How lucky these young riders are as long as they come under the wing of a good coach. A coach who fully understands that what children learn first tends to stay with them, just as with a young horse. So our young riders and young coaches need excellent coaches. They don’t need to be high-level coaches of elite performers,…
Posted on July 17, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments
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Thank you William, for you comment, will have to keep going. Have a good Christmas, I will come back to you for future comments. Best wishes. Liz
thankyou for the great articles i especially liked the photograph of when you were at the Fourburrow pony club!
This coming summer i have 2months holiday before i go back to university and i was thinking about coming over to work in Ireland. I would love to go somewhere where i could really improve my riding (show jumping mainly) and was wandering if you new of anywhere i could go?
with kind regards
(Bridgette Ash's daughter).
I thank you sincerely... sorry to be a pest, I am just so excited to read your riding manual book...!!!
thanks so very much -
211 West 56th Street, #36B
NY NY 10019 (USA)
I hope to visit IRE one day and would love to clinic with / meet you.
Your work is very forward and it makes a lot of sense to me, I am sure I will get much out of reading your book.
Thank you William and Happy New Year!
PS; i just love the photo of you as a tall youngster jumping the ditch - the pony mare is so dedicated to you! :)
I have two concerns about adapting bitless bridles in competitive dressage. First, I think that in most cases you can have a more subtle conversation with your horse using a bit. Isn't one of the points of moving to a double bridle that you have the ability to "talk" to your horse differently using the curb vs. the snaffle? The bitless bridles are great for riders with less than ideal hands because they have a more muted effect (other than hackamores) but are less subtle.
It also bothers me that it seems like this push is an extension of The Dr. Cook's bitless bridle marketing campaign. Why is the recommendation to the USEF just for cross under designs? I know that some horses (like mine) react poorly to poll pressure. He objected strenuously to the Dr. Cook's bridle. I didn't have the same problem with your bridle, probably because the strap goes over the crownpiece so that the pressure is more dispersed. However, a simple side pull can be very effective. I read somewhere that the Dutch Federation evaluated all kinds of bitless bridles when they decided to change the rules to include a bitless option and that they did not limit it to cross under bridles. I wasn't able to find any detailed information about that decision, do you know where I can access it? Sorry to rant! Liz
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