Laura Mannion’s Blog: Bridie rests but Coco flies

We caught up with Laura Mannion to hear about the Dublin Horse Show. But as ever, in the equine world, not everything goes exactly to plan! However there’s always a silver lining, and with Bridie on a break Coco has been stepping up her game. Read on to find out how!

“As I mentioned in my last blog, Bridie and I had qualified for the RDS Dublin Horse Show in the young riders section. We were to jump there in the beginning of August. However, we only got to be there as spectators as Bridie got injured two weeks before the show. I was very disappointed but also I felt terrible for Bridie as she had progressed so much this year and fully deserved her place at what is one of the biggest events of the show jumping calendar.”

“I had been really looking forward to using my Horslyx gear in the main arena. This did leave us more time to visit the impressive Horslyx stand where we met the Horslyx sales team. The guys were very busy but they took time to be sympathetic towards us. Thanks to all the team for your support. Below is a picture of us sizing up the fences at the RDS.”

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“With Bridie on a break, I had more time to spend on Coco and the younger horses as well as catch up on some of my college work. Coco jumped some serious rounds over the last few weeks, she won her class at Tubberbride Grand Prix Show, she was 5th and 8th in the 1.10m classes in Cavan. We went to Tattersalls July Show where she jumped a great first round and was super quick in the jump off but unfortunately I took too tight a line over the last fence, hit the wing with my foot which knocked the fence. I was the only one with paint on my shoe that day, needless to say we are still laughing about it!!”

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“Next on the agenda will be to head to Cavan for a few days later this month. In the meantime, Bridie has all the time in the world to concentrate on finishing as many Horslyx as she gets!!”