2017 in Review: My Top Five Blog Posts

As I look back on 2017, one of the biggest things that stood out to me was just how many new followers I have gained throughout the year – on the blog, and across my social channels. It struck me that many of my new followers may not have reviewed older posts from the year, and so I thought I would take this opportunity to share the top five blog posts that I published this year. The posts are in no particular order – just a combination of favourite posts of mine, and top viewed posts by readers.

Hope you enjoy!

1. The Trouble with Horses

I wrote this post after Paddy was diagnosed with his injury in early May. I was devastated to hear he would have minimum six months out of work, and it felt like everything I had worked so hard, my eventing dream, for was crumbling away in front of my eyes. Yet all I could think about was if he was going to be OK, and what I could do to make sure he was as comfortable as possible. This gave me the inspiration for my ode to the sport that I love so very much.

2. ‘Winning the Mind Game in Training’ with Charlie Unwin

As a naturally anxious and self-conscious person, I am always really interested in techniques that can help me manage nerves and encourage better “self talk”. I attended Charlie’s Sports Psychology seminar for Equestrians in Dublin in early January, and given he is renowned as one of the top Sports Psychologists for Equestrians I was not disappointed. Charlie’s seminar focused on training rather than competition, which was a refreshing change – I still use these techniques in my approach to training to this day.

3. Getting from A to B(E): A Guide to Towing in Ireland

This post was my top viewed post of the year. I wrote this after my jeep went kaput on the side of the motorway, and I was forced to purchase a new towing vehicle. The information available on the legalities of towing was very confusing, and from browsing online forums and Facebook groups, I could see that very few people were truly clear on the law and their options. I did a lot of research and put together this post which has proved very popular.

4. Things I learned from… My First One Day Event

This one was semi light hearted – I wrote this after my first ODE with Paddy, and took some advice from the good folk at #twittereventing.

5. 14 Things You Didn’t Know About…

This one was particularly special to me, as it symbolised a recognition of the effort I put into my blog, and my abilities as a writer. This was my first post published by the FEI as a result of my partnering with them on covering both the Nations Cup Jumping at the Dublin Horse Show in August 2017, and the unbelievable privilege of covering the Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona. I had the honour of running around behind the scenes, meeting the top showjumpers in the world, and asking them for fun facts about themselves that fans may not know. I enjoyed the entire experience thoroughly, and I hope to do more work with the FEI in 2018.

I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) these five posts that I loved writing so much – and I look forward to hopefully writing even better posts in 2018 that you, and many more new followers, enjoy reading.

Do you have any other favourite posts that are not featured here? Let me know in the coomments below!

Natalie xo


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