Monday, 24 March 2008

5 MINUTES WITH - GERALDINE GRAHAM


Geraldine lives in Muff and runs the Lenamore Stables and Training Centre. The stable is a Centre of Excellence and it one of the only few places in the North west where people can train to become a qualified instructor in the profession. Geraldine has been in the equine industry for nearly thirty years. The stables not only instruct on horse riding, they stable horses and breed sport horses as well. The young sport horses are also trained at the centre and go through a four-year programme to get them ready for the discipline. Lenamore stables are preparing for a busy season starting this Easter. There will be a trek to Grianan, pony club games and treasure hunts. There will also be the ever popular –Own Your Own Pony For a Week Course! Here you can learn everything there is to know about what it entails to keep a pony of your own. Registered show jumping also starts on Easter Monday and will run every consecutive Sunday for four weeks, so it’s all go at Lenamore! For further details about booking riding lessons or any of the forthcoming events phone 9384022 or check out the website on http://www.lenamorestables.com/


What music are you listening to at the moment?
I am enjoying the Westlife CD ‘Home’


What would you never throw away?
Horse rugs. My mother at the age of 89 still mends them for us at the centre.

What book are you reading?
I have a book by the side of my bed and I wouldn’t be without it. Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey. All I do is open it at a page and read.

Have you been to the cinema recently, what did you see and was it any good?
The Bucket List with, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The plot is about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

What section of the newspaper do you turn to first?
I always go to the stars section. I enjoy the horoscopes!

What is your idea of a good night out?
Give me champagne and smoked salmon…with a bit on the side!

What is your idea of a great meal?
I love Swiss cuisine especially a variation of Rösti, a potato dish. I make mine with chicken although the original recipe has veal in it.

How do you relax?
I enjoy being pampered in a spa. I go down to the Ballyliffen Lodge sometimes to treat myself.


What job did you want to do when you were a child?

I always wanted to work with horses. I got my first pony when I was nine years old and never dreamt of doing anything else.

Did you go anywhere nice for your holidays?
I had the most fantastic time in Dubai this year. I received an invitation to go to the Jameriah Beach Hotel, which is the only seven star hotel in the world! You couldn’t wish for a better present!

Your idea of heaven?
I have been over to St Lucia in the Caribbean a couple of times. It is so relaxing.

What famous people would you invite around for dinner and why?
Jos Lasick. He is the World Show jumping Champion. I am sure we would have a lot to talk about and he could teach my son some riding techniques.

Favourite animal?
Anyone who comes to the stables will see Ralph, my dog. He is nearly seven and he is adorable.

Biggest fear?
Senile dementia in old age.

Biggest thrill?
Swimming on horseback in the Caribbean. Fantastic!

The world’s most irritating invention?
It will have to be like most peoples, the mobile phone. I do have one but I wish I didn’t.

Personal philosophy?
Anything can be done if you put your mind to it.

What is your idea of a good night in?
Sleep!

Which period in history would you most like to have lived through?
I am very happy with the present day, thank you very much.

World’s most useful invention?
A handy man!

Any last words
?
C’est la vie.

1 comment:

white o'morn cottage said...

Hi, just popped in from Sallygardens and love your blog. I have one (a blog) and a second home (in Leitrim, first being in Dublin) and hope to make the transition in the next few years (if I have a few years to play with)What an adventure! Whee!...Pam

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