Browsing Archive: February, 2013

February 16th Dressage Lesson

Posted by A O'Neill on Saturday, February 16, 2013, In : Day to day 
Had my first dressage lesson with Jasper today for the first time in ages. He was an absolute star and was really trying with his lengthened strides which he seems to have forgotten how to do over the winter... Lots to work on as always but hopefully some progress is being made too.

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February 14th Valentines Day

Posted by A O'Neill on Thursday, February 14, 2013, In : Day to day 
No, this isn't some mushy post about how cute Valentines Day is, or some angry post about how life isn't fair. But the fact I am at home, on this particular day, writing this post should give you some clue about my relationship status. I have simply made a list of the reasons why I think horses are better than boys. That's not to say I hate boys, I don't. I just think there are some advantages that my horse will always have over any boy.
1. My horse thinks I am wonderful, no matter what. Unles...
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February 5th Shortlised for Wiltshire Life Awards!

Posted by A O'Neill on Sunday, February 10, 2013, In : Day to day 
Today I got some very exciting news that I have been nominated and shortlisted for the Young Achiever of the Year category in the Wiltshire Life Awards!
This is a fantastic surprise and I am really excited to be attending the ceremony on the 15th March. Not only is this a recognition of my own achievement but it is a chance for Carriage Driving to be in the limelight and to get to meet new and different people and share my experiences with them.
As always any updates will be posted here and th...
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February 3rd Cheering Ann on at Sparsholt

Posted by A O'Neill on Sunday, February 10, 2013, In : Indoor Driving 
Today I am not competing myself (which is very strange!) as I am trying to watch the pennies and only compete in really necessary events. But I have instead gone along anyway to cheer Ann on with Socks and to backstep for Vicky in the obstacles (see pictures).
I always find it a weird experience being at a competition with the atmosphere that I associate with having myself in a particular mental state in order to maximize my performance (see all this sports psychology is paying off!), which i...
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February 2nd BYD Committee Meeting

Posted by A O'Neill on Sunday, February 10, 2013, In : British Young Drivers 
Been up to Stow again today for a BYD Committee meeting that was extremely productive, with lots discussed and plenty of plans made.
A summary of the meeting can be found here.
Its the furthest I have driven in quite a long time so I am really tired now, but it was worth it. Watch this space to see these plans being put into action.

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February 1st Updates

Posted by A O'Neill on Friday, February 1, 2013, In : Day to day 
Been a really long week at uni so I am looking forward to going home tonight.
Just thought I would share with you a few links, this one is to the Horse & Country TV website where we made it into their album of snowy pictures. My profile is also now up on the University of Southampton Sports and Wellbeing site
We also got a mention on Jo Bassetts blog for Horse & Rider magazine and our picture in as well.
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