Martin’s Blog 1st February

A new month and a huge dump of snow! My boys were on weather watch last night and it looked a certainty at bedtime that they’d be at school today however by nearly midnight when I took the dogs for a quick walk the snow had started.

Huge respect to my hard working team for once again all getting in and some live quite a way away too. Some needed rescuing but they all showed how dedicated they are by turning up and grafting as usual in baltic conditions with a smile on their faces too. After riding out I took them to the Coach & Horses Pub in Longborough for a cooked breakfast and we were looked after superbly, as usual, by Landlord Wendy & Joe McDonagh who are also members of our Racing Club. Absolutely delicious and a snowball fight outside the pub to finish too! I’m now set for a day of sledging – the boys were dressed for sledging by about 6.30am when school was cancelled and we are spoilt for choice of decent banks!

We’d not planned to be busy runner-wise this week anyway and hardly any meetings have survived. A good cold snap was what we all needed though to kill the inevitable bugs that we all battle against throughout the winter. Due to become warmer again next week so hopefully racing back on and back to normal.

A week of catching up with administration and busy with meetings with our Chairman, Landlord, Marketing Guru Toby Elford and plenty of planning for the months ahead.

The first few foals are beginning to arrive at our most local Stud – Batsford – who also have Miss Antipova in training with us here. A super article on the family and the stud in the most recent Owner Breeder magazine and well worth a read. A hard working and lovely family. Our three yearlings are loving having fun in the snow but we are also so thankful we invested in a large field shelter for them as they are happily snuggled up in their overnight and when the weather is at it’s worst.

I know my children are happy for the snow to stick around – we’ve had our fun now so it can disappear tonight please!