A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

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A great morning

Monday, 22 October 2018

"A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."

Grace Pulpit.
Garrel Glen and Melo Pearl

It's a bright but cold morning and the temperatures have certainly dropped as the light came up. We have a full complement of staff who can all ride well, and we have had a really great morning out on the Heath. They have done two pleasing canters after a good warm up and everything is moving and looking very well. We shall be having runners on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and maybe some at the weekend.

Velvet Vista and Belle Bayeux

 There was excellent racing at Ascot on Saturday, despite the ground, with good results for our local trainers. What a year John Gosden has had, and he has juggled his horses so that they all managed to win a massive pot.  When you have a stable full of top performers keeping them apart is a very tricky. Many congratulations to him being Champion Trainer once again.

Planting the winter pansies

It was marvellous to see the Queen being awarded the 2018 Longines Ladies Award. This is given to women who make an outstanding contribution to the equestrian world. Her Majesty has a passion for all horses and we are very lucky to have her involved in our industry. Long may she reign.

An amazing cobweb covered in dew


The fog is taking a long time to clear

Friday, 19 October 2018

"There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls."


Tim giving Half Past Eight a nice calming pat

... before altering his bridle

It’s another foggy start to the day and is taking even longer to clear this morning. As we write this, just after 9.30, there are a few rays of sunshine trying to penetrate the fog. We have plenty of people in today including a new full time rider and it has been a good morning so far. We put five horses through the stalls at second lot which went off without a hitch. A couple were first timers and they walked straight in which is always very good news and just show how trusting these horses are of us. These big white metal things on a foggy morning can look quite scary, but with the team of good lads on the ground, we soon had them in and out. They then proceeded to have a strong canter around the bend Across The Flat. We all stood on the flat bit and waited, we could hear them coming before we saw them. These are the mornings you cannot buy, they just happen.

Garswood ex Mega yearling in the lunge pit

     05_Mega     07_Mega
L - on the single lunge rein and R - on the double reins

It’s Champions weekend once again and how quickly it comes round, but the ground at Ascot is going to be the big deciding factor. On the straight it is soft, heavy in places and the round is heavy, soft in places. This is a pity for its great end of season finale, but when you race in October you are always going to get this type of weather. It will certainly suit Cracksman though who has avoided the meeting with Roaring Lion and could go out with a bang if putting his best foot forward. The highlight of the day though will be Sylvestre de Souza being crowned champion jockey once again, although the irony is as we have said before is that he is banned at present.

Casamento ex Lady Bellatrix yearling is at the next stage

The breaking process is continuing apace and it is amazing really as the ones that are in are all homebred. Apart from being well handled every day, having their feet picked out and being led in and out they have not had anything done to them. That is unlike the ones that come from the sales who have been lunged, been on the walker, had rugs, manes and tails pulled and know what a brush is. Ours have all come to hand very quickly and seem to love the new things they are learning every day. Tim starts in the lunging pit and gets them moving both ways before the roller and pad are fitted. We then move onto the saddle, long reins and side reins. We then drive them around for a day or two before the pilot is put on top. They would then be ridden round the school and yard. Once we have a few going like that we venture out onto the heath and start to show them the new surroundings. It never ceases to amaze me how they take to it all.


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