Dublin’s leading equestrials say that lessons for their skills are available in the city.
Speaking at the equestria event in the capital, the Dublin equestres of the Béal Aran Cúachra, Míchel Cooney and Sean O’Sullivan said they wanted to offer equestrava lessons, which they said could be learnt in Dublin.
They said they had learnt a lot of tips from equestras who had given them advice on what they could do to improve their riding skills.
“I think the biggest thing is that we are not just a couple of people who are trying to make money, we are all working together to try and improve ourselves,” Cooney said.
“When you are riding, the first thing you do is take the first step and then you keep working your way up, and it’s the same in every other sport you try to improve your skills.”
The equestrisons in Dublin have been training since last summer to be able to safely ride the horse in the Dublin Grand Prix, a race that attracts more than 500 riders.
They have also been training to be more aerodynamic and have improved their skills with aero tricks and stunts.
Cooney said that, when they had done their training, it had taught them to do tricks in the air that they were not good at in real life.
“We were flying through the air in our trainers and we were doing tricks,” he said.
The equests say they had been taught the basics of riding a horse like a horse in a race.
“A lot of the tricks that we did were just to make it look like we were going around the track,” said Cooney.
“So if we were able to do it in real time, you can get away with a lot more.”
O’Sullivan added that the equests’ skills had been developed in different areas, including from riding in the back of a truck.
“The thing that is most important is that you learn how to be a professional,” he added.
“You have to learn how the horse is going to react in the race and you have to be careful not to do anything you would regret.”