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Dublin Horse Show August 2011

Horses Inside Out RDSThe Dublin Horse Show was a huge success! We arrived on Tuesday August 2nd and met our coordinator, Jack Murphy. Jack briefed us for the coming week and got us settled in. Looking at the quiet show grounds on Tuesday, we could not imagine the crowds and excitement that would fill the grounds during the next few days!

Gillian Higgins Muscle Chains Dublin 2011On Wednesday, we met our demonstration horses and the team from Paul McGlone’s yard. The team were so welcoming and the horses were fantastic! We also met the other demonstrators that would be sharing our “Autograph Area” doing various appearances. The diverse line up including John, an American cowboy, and his mule Job and the Ukrainian Cossacks entertained us throughout the week!

Gillian Higgins HIO RDS DublinThursday marked our first demonstration. We were the introduction to the 3 year old performance loose jumping class in the Simmonscourt Arena. We used two very good jumping horses with skeletons and muscles painted on. Gillian explained to the massive audience about how the horse creates a jump as they went through the loose jumping chute. The horses looked beautiful and really performed well!

Gillian Higgins Horses INside Out Anatomy DublinOn Friday, Gillian lectured to thousands in the beautiful Showing Judging Ring 1 about how the horse moves. We had three horses, two on the lunge and one in hand. This was a fantastic opportunity for the crowd to get an inside look at the bones and angles that make good conformation ahead of a prestigious showing in hand class. The weather held up beautifully and we even got to catch the end of the Nations Cup! Well done Great Britain!

 

Ridden Skeleton Horses Inside OutSaturday was our last demonstration. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and it started raining heavily as soon as we left the stables on our way to the Simmonscourt Arena. We had two horses for the ridden display and one in hand.The Irish Army Equitation School kindly provided us with a spectacular grey Irish horse and fantastic rider, James Heelan. http://www.military.ie/education-hq/equitation-school Our second rider was Michelle Kenny, a top young Irish event rider, www.riverlodgeeventing.com on Dee Two one of Paul’s horses. After a few warm up jumps, the sun came out and so did the crowds!

 

Jumping Skeleton Dublin Horses Inside OutGillian gave a detailed explanation of anatomy of the ridden horse jumping which was very well received.

All in all we had a fabulous few days. Great people - Great Horses - Great Show - Great Country!!

 

 

 

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