Category Archives: Blog

The Cat’s Whiskers

J/ February 1, 2019/ Blog

The Cat’s Whiskers Chapter One   Lucy Maloney sighed. What a miserable birthday this had turned out to be. “Thanks mum. Thanks dad,” Lucy forced herself to smile. “My presents are lovely.  Just what I wanted.” Lucy stacked her new telephone, shower gell and books together and got to her feet, “I’ll just take these upstairs to my room.” “See

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The Unwanted Pony Chapter One

J/ February 1, 2019/ Blog

The Unwanted Pony Chapter One Amy rested her forehead against the cool glass of the lounge window and let out a long sigh. Day two of the school holidays and already she was bored and fed up. The three months till September stretched interminably into the distance. Three, long, lonely, boring months. Slowly she lifter her head and gazed out

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Because I’m worth it

J/ October 29, 2018/ Blog

Confessions of a show pony. I have such a stressful life. And such a hectic schedule. My busy life is filled with training and competition which leave me so little time for relaxation. I have to say that a day at the spa is a very welcome change. I love it here. They really know how to treat a lady.

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The Man Behind the Mike

J/ September 26, 2018/ Blog, Book Review

Through most of my childhood and certainly my adult life equestrian sports  were commented on by Mike Tucker. I was very saddened by his death and equally very privileged to be asked to review his biography. This is my  review of the book, The Man Behind the Mike, published by Quiller. For most equestrian sports enthusiasts Mike Tucker was ‘the voice of

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A fun few weeks

J/ September 11, 2018/ Blog

The Dublin Show was as wonderful as ever. It was made more special by having fantastic company to share it with. We watched the Nations Cup, seeing the trophy carried off by a deserving and very excited Mexican Team. Trump is going to have to build his wall higher , because boy those riders can jump! Unwilling to leave the

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A Quick Paint Job

J/ August 3, 2018/ Blog

  Having visitors descend on my home soon from every corner of the globe is cause for great celebration. I can’t wait. There is an underlying sense of panic about how I am going to get my latest book finished so I can spend time enjoying their company. There is also an underlying sense of panic about finding the time

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Goodbye old friend

J/ July 3, 2018/ Blog

  It is very hard to say goodbye to a much loved member of the family, regardless of whether they are human or animal. So it was with a very heavy heart that I finally made the decision to put our oldest pony, Badger to sleep recently. The very cross looking pony arrived as part of a batch for breaking

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Back in the Saddle

J/ June 13, 2018/ Blog

  Hello again. I’ve been AWOL for quite a while, but with good reason. It’s been a very strange year. This time last year my father and step mother were both diagnosed with cancer. My step mum was going through chemotherapy and my father dealing with hormone injections. I didn’t know then but his cancer was already too far advanced

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Small world

J/ July 10, 2017/ Blog

Small old world the equestrian world, especially now that we have Facebook and google, it has never been simpler to find anything – or any one. I received a message via Facebook over the weekend from a lady who said she believed I was the breeder of a horse she owned and went on to say the horse’s name and

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Alone again

J/ July 4, 2017/ Blog

Growing up in utter isolation in the countryside gives a child an independence that will stand them in good stead forever.   I learned from an early age, that if I did not do things alone, I didn’t do them at all. I would see groups of pals that grew up in the estates and towns and never felt that

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