International Adventures

The event season is now well and truly over; what else to do but chase some autumn sun for an end of season get away!


I managed to sneak a couple of days off work and made the most of the horses having a bit of down time. Heading to Portugal to enjoy a few gorgeous days of coastal exploring and intensive relaxing. It’s a tough life!!

Feeling recharged and and sun soaked it was back to the UK to do a couple of busy weekends of on-call before jumping on a plane to Ireland for the Monart Sale.

Monart was an eye-opener. It is based at Niall and Lucy Griffin’s beautiful Wexford base which we tried to appreciate it as much as possible between torrential downpours! There were 91 horses entered in the sale, the majority of which were unbroken 3 year olds along with several broken 4, 5 and 6 year olds.

It was a fantastic experience to watch such a quantity of horses of such quality. A great opportunity to sharpen my eye as well as keeping up to speed with the current breeding trends.

The auction itself, held in the hotel restaurant, was very exciting to watch and required a huge amount of self control to stop myself getting involved!! Maybe next time…?!

So back to reality now; it’s Meagan’s turn to go on holiday so all hands on deck. Winter training with the horses is steadily starting to pick up again – DAN IS BACK TROTTING!!!!!

I’m sure you will (but hope you don’t) understand that feeling!

Until next time, J.


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