An Excerpt from Many Brave Fools

I talk a lot about the brain in MBF (as I like to call it), as well as the body. For me, horseback riding has been a union of the two, which came as a surprise because I hadn't been aware how separate they were, for me. The paradox is that I have become united …

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No Pictures, No Ribbons, No Nothing — But a Really Good Round

Hmmm, can't immediately recall when this was (too lazy to for a trawl through the posts), but it's a while ago — cannot imagine getting Cathal round a course of 80s at this stage... *** We didn't jump on Tuesday, and we didn't jump on Saturday, and I woke up on Sunday wondering, Do I …

It’s Officially Official! Many Brave Fools Is Live!

Early on in the book (not really much of a spoiler), I recount my first day on the yard, a neophyte, unsure of where I should be or what I should be doing. I was so intimidated by the whole taking-a-horseback-riding-lesson thing that I wandered around in a daze. I spotted a clutch of girls …

Nice Try, RAIN

Another blast from the past. We were thwarted by fog last week: it was so thick the 7 o'clock lesson had to leave the lower arena and work indoors, as did we at 8. The fog started creeping over the half doors toward the end, it was pretty creepy. Did we stop? We did not. *** …

MBF Q&A: Putting Life Into Perspective

Love this question... In your book you follow your evolution from green horse girl to competitive rider, often focusing on the frustrations and the falls along the way. What is important about recognising your perceived failures as you set yourself this new set of challenges? Unlike the rest of my life, whether it be in …