Marketing Consultant, providing marketing support and services to companies and individuals in the equestrian and pet care sectors. I’m very fortunate to have some fantastic clients in 2 industries that I love, and every day I get to help incredible companies such as FormaHoof to spread their message and help horses around the world! See www.halcyondays.ie for more about me and what I do, though it’s definitely a case of the cobblers shoes…as I’d be the first to admit I need to build myself a new website 😆
Main Accomplishments in your Equestrian Career to Date:
- World student show jumping champion 1994.
- Competed for Ireland at junior and young rider level in eventing.
- Competed to International 3* level in 3 day eventing (now ranked as 4*).
- Produced many young horses who’ve gone on to successful international careers and I’ve competed at Punchestown CCI***, Windsor CCI*** and Blenheim CCI***.
- I produce my first homebred horse Neo to show jump up to 135cm level and I’m now competing with him at Prix St George level in pure dressage. He has also won under Eventing Ireland rules.
- I also compete now as an amateur in eventing, with a few wins under my belt with another homebred – Dinky.
When I was 4 years old.
Tally or Talisman. He was a super pony, but far, far too big and strong for me! I got him when I was 9 and he was nearly 14hh with a neck that could stop a bus. My legs barely reached the bottom of the saddle, but he taught me so much. He would do whatever I wanted, so long as I tried hard enough and he was with me for nearly 15 years before he crossed the rainbow bridge.
I’m not the most decisive person in the world, so I guess it fits that I compete at dressage, show jumping and eventing! But I guess I’ve done the most in eventing in my life and I love the all around challenge of it.
That’s like asking a mother to choose just one of her many children! I honestly can’t choose between two…. Hally (show name Halcyon Days – I named my company after him), the dude that brought me to 3* eventing (now 4*) and Neo (HorsePlay Diamond Matrix), my first homebred. Both fantastic horses helped me achieve so much in my riding career, with many more years to come I hope with Neo.
A long, long time ago at the home pony international in Ennis, Ireland.
I guess it would be winning the gold medal at the world student equestrian games back in 1994 in Ankum, Germany. We had to ride provided horses and go through 5 rounds of jumping, each on a different horse, as the fences got bigger and bigger. In the last round, we had 5 minutes to get used to 2 new horses and got to jump just 4 fences before going in and jumping a 130cm track. In the final round, the horses were from Paul Schockemöhle’s yard and It was so exciting to have the opportunity to jump such fantastic horses. And even more exciting to win individual gold! Aside from that, I’m immensely proud to have produced my first home bred Neo to hit Grade A in show jumping and now bringing him on to compete to a high level in dressage.
When I fell in love with Neo and saw what he was capable of I decided I really wanted a filly version, but my beloved mare Gemma (mother of them all) decided to have 4 boys before she had her first girl. She then had a second filly before retiring from breeding, so I’ve bred far more than I intended and so have too many horses! My sporting goal consequently is really to produce and compete these horses to the best of my and their abilities, while having fun! I currently still have 5 homebreds, which my husband keeps telling me is far too many, so I plan to sell one or two of them over the coming year. Feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a talented Irish bred 😆
Dedicated, Hard Working, Honest
I love all animals and if I had more free time I would love to volunteer at an animal shelter and help rescue and rehabilitate animals in need. No doubt I’d end up taking too many homes though! In addition to the horses, we currently have 2 rescue dogs, 3 rescue cats and an adopted pigeon!
FormaHoof approached me early in 2020 to assist them with their rebrand and the communications and messaging for FormaHoof. When I read more about the product and saw just how much it could help horses with hoof problems, I was so excited to get involved. I have since tried FormaHoof on one of my own horses who had very flat feet and thin soles. After just a few applications his feet have dramatically improved in shape and strength. They’re more concave, he has a larger, healthier frog and increased sole depth.