Preparing more than the yearlings

Yearling preparation consists of about eight weeks of getting one year old thoroughbred horses ready to be sold at auctions. I began working with Keith Harte Bloodstock for yearling preparation in the middle of August. I chose to work here as I had visited the stud and knew Eileen Harte as a mentor from Women…

The Present of Presence

The weirdest thing about leaving uni for me was the fact that, unless we organise something, I will not see my friends. Since last night I had not seen most of my friends since our graduation. When I think of meeting up with friends I always associate it with travelling away to other people- often…

Work without the Hassle

Get a job, start the job and work the job. If only it were this simple. I learnt this the hard way when organising my work placement last year at Ascot racecourse. I had the job, only the nightmare started here. Where would I live? This area is easily accessible to London and so I…

The Next Venture

After two lovely weeks at home, in Ireland, spending time with family, catching up with friends and getting lots of trips in, it’s back to the UK for me. I am delighted to be back, even after a ten hour car and ferry journey. It was my first time traveling from Dublin Port and my…

Dublin Horse Show

As a Pony Club graduate, fellow alumni must be supported in all major equestrian events. This brought me to the Dublin Horse Show yesterday. Of course this was not the only attraction towards attending! Similar to my venture to the Galway races, driving was the chosen transport mode. Against mom’s persistent insistence that the trusty…

Galway Girls

My mom, my sister and I traveled to Galway on Friday of the horse racing festival. Each year I make sure I go racing during the course of this festival. Galway is an hour and a half from where I live, various travel arrangement have been organised with friends over recent years to facilitate this…

Living the Ciren Lifestyle

For the past three years I have been attending university in Cirencester (Ciren). The lifestyle that accompanies a student’s studies here is not the typical student experience. Firstly, Ciren is a town. Comprising of just one nightclub- don’t let that put you off just yet. A good variety of pubs make up for this! The…

Cornwall

The quest to find a lovely beach in the UK continued. This time ample research was carried out, unlike my previous trip! Anytime I asked for peoples’ insights on this topic Cornwall was always mentioned. The only problem was the distance. As I mentioned before, you have to travel far from Cirencester to get to…

The Search for British Beaches

Cirencester is not the ideal location for a seaside enthusiast like myself. I have learnt that you must travel in order to find a good beach. I underestimated this travel requirement when arriving in England. I remember one free weekend that I had in Cirencester. I managed to convince one of my friends to drive…

Quintessentially British

My exploration of the UK was limited when I was in first year as I had no car. My first ventures outside of Cirencester revolved around visits to the family homes of my friends of the RAU. My friends have given me a unique insight into country British living. My life growing up in Ireland…