Email from Markus

Thurs 08/06/2006
From: Markus
To: Liz


it was great to see you last month, thanks again for putting up with us – I mean putting us up!  I still think there should be space somewhere for a Markus caravan though.  You need to reconsider your layout – now that it’s finished you have to start again to make room for me!!

Seriously, I hope you realise how happy I am that you and Sam get on so well.  You are my closest friend – well you know that!

Things are still good here 😀 😀 Sam is doing an intensive month long German course so I am not seeing much of him at the moment, other than to help him with his homework in the evening.  I say it’s cheating, he says it’s not.

I saw this Connemara at Aachen and he made me think of you.  I hope you have managed to find some more nice ponies and horses by now – maybe even some like this boy.

I have a run down to Spain next week to collect three Andalusian mares.  Business is growing slowly but steadily.

Alles Liebe!



Thank you to Hannah Brab Photography for permission to use this image.


Email from Liz

Mon 8/08/2005 3:54 PM
From: Liz
To: Markus

Hey Markus! You’ve gone very quiet, what’s up?

Not much new here, the building work is going well and I hope I’ll be in my new house in two months. The stables are taking shape too and the land has been levelled off for the two arenas.  It’s very exciting to see it all happening.  It still feels like a it’s happening to someone else, if you know what I mean.

I was at the RDS last week – first time in seven years. Wilhelm was there of course, he says hello. Draco is still going strong, he won the Grand Prix on Saturday.  I met loads of the old jumping crowd, funny though I don’t miss the buzz of it all anymore.  It really must be time for me to settle down!

I’m still on the hunt for decent riding school horses. Every Tom Dick and Harry in Ireland is trying to sell me some sort of old donkey.  They must all think I’m stupid, the prices they’re asking are outrageous!  Of course rumours are rife about just how much we won in the Lotto but we’re saying nothing.

I’m attaching a photo from Dublin, just to remind you of the good old days.  Remember 1998??

I do miss you.




Planning Ballyloch Riding School

It’s amazing how creative one can be after receiving a phone call at 4am.

Liz drew out a rough map of her parents’ farm :


Then she and Markus set to work planning the layout of her riding school :


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