Martin’s Blog 29th December

Tough day yesterday at Catterick. Cup of Ambition showed the fences no respect and Harry Stock did well to get as far as he did on him but he made one mistake too much and fell. Both were thankfully fine. Sadly the same couldn’t be said for Cottersrock later who also fell but was fatally injured. Devastating for his owner Stuart Baikie and his family and also for Harry, who is badly bruised but ok, and Issy who, despite worrying about what she may find, dedication to her horses took over and she ran straight down to be with him. It’s also so hard for the team at home especially Foxy who rode him out and looked after him. Rocky was a lovely looking horse, had won a few races for us, still only young and such a dude and was a horse that was very popular in the yard with everyone so he’s left a big hole. Obviously the hard and sad side of our sport but days like that underline why we really enjoy the good days. So proud of how my team dealt with it.

Today was the second of our friends and family days where the team could invite whomever they wished to watch them – not the most ideal of days when we woke up to freezing rain and black ice everywhere. A welcome boost to the team and thanks to Justine Jordan in particular for her delicious homemade sausage rolls.

Our Leisure Ride loop gallop is still working well and, as it can be seen from our fantastic Owners’ Room, we were able to watch the horses canter in warmth and comfort!

A meeting with our Landlord mid morning with exciting plans for the future. Quite a few declarations over the next few days although not sure what will be on. Still plenty of snow here so the boys are off sledging again.

Onwards and upwards into 2018.