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Where's the Proof?

Where's the Proof?

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Vale   Mic Fryatt (AWCF  RSS)    1956 - 2016

Vale Mic Fryatt (AWCF RSS) 1956 - 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Well it's been an age since I last wrote a blog -  and I must say this is not one I ever expected to have to write. My good friend and mentor Mic Fryatt decided to leave this world earlier in the month. I was both shocked and saddened to learn that mental illness had suffocated him so badly in his last month or two that he could see only one way out.  I write this blog as a tribute to the man we knew and loved, and as a lasting reminder to his gorgeous wife Sandy and two amazing children Max and Georgie.  Most of the following was taken from the Eulogy that Quentin Haines and I were honoured to read at his funeral.  Some of the words are Quentin's and some are mine.  We both shared so much admiration for the man, the legend, Mic Fryatt.

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The Hangover 4 – Las Vegas Kiwi-girl style

The Hangover 4 – Las Vegas Kiwi-girl style

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I can't think of a more fun place in the world to host an international dressage and jumping show than Las Vegas, Nevada. Well from a purely selfish spectator point of view anyhow. Not only can you see your favourite horses and riders in one spot, you can also party, shop, explore, do the Grand Canyon, find your soul mate, get married by Elvis and play the pokies all in one convenient location.

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Quatro Noites em Portugal

Quatro Noites em Portugal

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Well my 2014 round-the-world winter trip consisted of teaching in Canada, and the UK - I think I counted 65 lessons in the first two weeks of my "holiday". Then I flew to Portugal to make the most of four short but action packed days of Lusitano horses before heading to France for the World Equestrian Games.

So on a warm Wednesday night in August I found myself yet again flying into one of my favourite places on earth courtesy of Ryan Air. It is hard to describe the feeling I get when I step onto Portuguese soil and breathe in the balmy Lisboa air. Portugal is the antipode of New Zealand - literally the opposite side of the earth, and I feel a strange magnetism or pull to this place every year. Maybe it's a past life experience, maybe the Iberian Peninsula is somewhere back in my history, or maybe it's just the Lusitano horse pulling at my heart.

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Okete - Paradise Lost

Okete - Paradise Lost

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I really truly hate goodbyes. I'm not talking about selling a horse and waving it off - I'm ok with that. I don't mind saying goodbye to a dear friend at the airport if I know our paths will cross again soon. And I don't mind leaving a great town or city if I know I am free to return there again someday. It's the permanent farewells I struggle with. The kind of permanency that goes with saying goodbye at the graveside to a mate or family member. Or holding your horse's head in your arms one final time as the vet's car comes up the drive...

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Belmont Golden Boy - The Pearl of Them All

Belmont Golden Boy - The Pearl of Them All

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This week I laid to rest another champion stallion. A small horse with the gentlest nature and the biggest heart. He had lived 27 years on this earth - his last 17 with us at Raglan. In our 7 years competing together he won every trophy imaginable at Advanced level. And in his 10 years of retirement he spent many hours dozing as he looked out over the Raglan Harbour. This week I got to say goodbye to the horse that launched my dressage career - a horse so dear in my heart - Belmont Golden Boy.

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ISES - The best annual conference yet!

ISES - The best annual conference yet!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For those of you who read my blog from the International Society for Equitation Science conference in Scotland last year you may well be thinking I'd give this year's conference a wide berth, but boy am I glad I didn't. I have attended five ISES conferences in the past in USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Holland and this year it was to be hosted back in the US of A at the University of Delaware. I'd never been to Delaware and I was keen to go back to New York as my good friend Melanie had recently moved there from Auckland and I thought she could use an injection of Kiwi in her life for a week. So I tagged a USA stop onto the end of my mare buying trip to Portugal and landed at JFK to the welcoming face of dear Melanie.

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