Mia’s trip to Bahrain!!
So here’s my story of my trip to Bahrain,
An exciting adventure I thought, why not let’s go for it, plus some sunshine at the end of January has to be an attractive proposition for any one in the UK where the overwhelming picture at that time of year is grey…
So at the beginning of December Elaine had been on touch to say ‘I really need your help with Steve’ (her horse of course!) .. ‘would you like to come to Bahrain and coach for a week’
I had been working with Elaine for a couple of years in the UK and she moved back to Bahrain 3 years ago to manage the Twin Palms Equestrian centre.
So ticket was bought and dates were set.. plus I had a lovely travelling companion in Amy who was coming for the experience of riding as many different horses as possible before going to Dubai mid week for important meetings..
We arrived on the Sunday night after a good flight from Heathrow, picked up by Elaine and her lovely boyfriend Daniel we went back to Anki’s house where we were staying.. Anki is the Swedish owner of Twin Palms she’s been living in Bahrain for 30 years.
As we sat outside in the 18 degree warmth of the middle eastern evening suddenly a moped arrived with our supper.. humous, olives, flatbread and grilled chicken. This was just the beginning of learning how fantastic the food is here!
That was a pleasant surprise.
So at 7.30am the next morning I was out there coaching.. with the time difference my head thought it was 4.30am.. bleary eyed!
So the sketch here is morning training. . Lunch (snooze!) Then afternoon/evening training then supper out and wine plenty of that no worries it’s a Muslim country.. ex pats and visitors have a relaxed way of living.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. . I think I must have done 6 or 7 hours coaching each day and virtually every rider on the island! Brits, Swedes, French, American, Bahraini and every level from 1.20m/1.30m jumpers to ladies starting their jumping at 70cms, dressage riders and the children of the Bahraini royal family.. groups and private sessions.. I was flat out!
Friday is the big show at BREEF (Bahrain Royal Endurance and equestrian federation) juniors in the morning starting at 80cms and seniors in the afternoon up to 1.30m.
I was there all day with clients! Although at lunchtime we went into the desert to see the F1 track and some camels!
Saturday and Sunday were 2 more full on days of coaching before flying home Sunday evening landing back in the UK at 6.15am Monday morning.
Exhausted! But thoroughly enjoyable and so glad to educate horses and riders in the middle east.
Such great people and cracking horses, mainly thoroughbred and some ex racers with a smattering of super duper warmbloods that have been flown in from Holland or Germany.
A whole new world but it makes you realise how small it is in the horsey world.. I felt at home of course, horses dogs and like minded people what more could you ask for!
Well the answer is I’m going back for more in April..
I’ll keep you posted! ☺Follow us Share this