Martin’s Blog 22nd July

Yesterday we took Spice Girl to Jon Trice-Rolph’s Todenham base to learn how to jump however she was pretty switched on from the start and Jon, myself and part owner Richard Davies were delighted with her (as was Belinda who was riding her – leaving the ground herself for the first time in at least a couple of years!). Freddie was a very able leader on his pony Bubbles who was warming up for Cotswold Vale Farmers Pony Club Camp next week. Belinda went to help set up the courses at Cheltenham Racecourse for them last night in the horrendous rain and gales we had – they will be hoping for different weather there next week!

Busy here today with Jo Stainer, Jon Hughes, Mark Holland, Richard Davies and Ian Rawlings all in to see their horses and catch up with us all. Andrew Tinkler, Harry Stock and John Nicholson all in to ride out. We worked: Miss Condi, Sporty Yankee, Spice Girl and Enforcement. All the rest in full work cantered whilst those that are just back in from their holidays walked and trotted. Altesse De Guye and The Kvilleken both schooled.

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There is plenty to do ahead of our Owners’ Day in September and Jon & Jack Hughes have been a great help with finalising the Horses in Training section of our brochure and Jon has been in discussions this week with Chris Stock’s company Typecraft who are printing it all for us.

Our Electrician Paul Hughes and his wife Val, who is in our Racing Club, have flown to Love Island this weekend as son Chris has been in the ITV4 programme for quite some weeks and Monday is apparently the Final Show. Val was recently on ITV’s This Morning programme with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and we will probably watch Love Island this weekend (not something we generally watch!) to see if we can spot another appearance by them! Chris and his partner Olivia are currently 5-1 third favourites to win the £50,000 prize.