“At Blenheim Palace Horse Trials last week I was reminded of something the great Irish chef Myrtle Allen said to me at a family lunch nearly ten years ago, when I first arrived from America…”
AN exciting new fixture in the competition calendar launched last Sunday, on the grounds of Castle Freke in Rosscarbery, West Cork.
Organised by south Munster dressage, the first annual Castle Freke Dressage Festival featured a new perpetual leading rider cup and €1,000 in prize money sponsored by Stephen Evans-Freke in memory of his late mother Lady Carberry, who was herself a dressage enthusiast.
The show was oversubscribed, attracting nearly 30 entries from all over Ireland to compete in the stunning seaside setting of Castle Freke’s 19th century stable-yard in the shadow of two historic castles.
In the Irish countryside where I spend the month of August, many people’s lives are still shaped by great houses and crumbling castles, as they are in Molly Keane’s novels. These ancient seats, sprawling in forgotten valleys, stretching across emerald hillsides, wrapped in blousy, dripping, overgrown gardens, inspire driving passion like a ravishing woman or a splendid horse. They wouldn’t be standing if they didn’t…
What do the world’s most beautiful and famous women have in common with me? Not beauty or fame, unfortunately. But we do have the same taste in boots.
There’s good reason for this: Frye boots are the best. Based on cavalry boots, they’re the ultimate translatable equestrian fashion. They’re cool, rugged, authentic, and – a little-known but immutable principle of quantum physics – their chunky heels and hardware make everyone’s legs look skinnier.
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“Mum you’re living the dream”, my teenage daughter said last week, fingering an Hermes riding jacket given to me as a gift on a trip to Vienna to see the Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School.
She wasn’t referring to the magical snowy trip to Vienna, when my host and I sat in gilded coffee shops eating pastries topped with clouds of whipped cream, wandered arm-in-arm through twinkling Christmas markets, and toured the Lipizzaner’s cobbled stables, over which a reigning Hapsburg Emperor later built his palace so he could sleep and dream above the exquisite stallions.
“Because you have a ridiculous amount of clothing…”
A bit of fun and frolic at Dublin Horse Show… Click here to read more on Style Reins.
“What is it about hunting?” Alastair MacLeod of Patey Hats asked me in a Scottish accent as we sat on the plump sofas of the Grand Salon in the Royal Dublin Society last week, sipping tea and balancing plates of scones on our laps. “Some of the people who buy Pateys hunt every day. What makes it so addictive?”
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“Australian Chris ‘Burto’ Burton has been dazzling spectators this weekend at Camphire International Horse Trials, setting what is thought to be a world record for the best CCI2* dressage score, and holding four top positions in the Castleacre Insurance Brokers CCI2* and Camphire’s feature class, the Gain/Alltech CIC 3*.”