Martin’s Blog 29th June

The weather continues to be fantastic although there are some of the horses I know wouldn’t be suited by running in this heat so some will wait until it’s a bit cooler.

We’ve not had any runners since our Southwell double on Monday although the boys had their school Sports Day on Wednesday in perfect conditions and both won the hurdles and the long distance races in their age groups – not sure that Leisure Ride can claim their performance on training on their surface here though quite! A traditional local primary school Sports Day and great to see so many children not only cheering on the winners, but those finishing well beaten too. Great sportsmanship.

Andrew Tinkler in this morning to ride and with most the horses just having a canter or two this morning. It’s the end of the week for Kathryn Albutt who has been with us for Work Experience. A teacher from Chipping Campden School, Mr Slattery was here bright and early this morning to see Kathryn and to meet us too. We are hoping to do far more with Chipping Campden School to encourage pupils to come into a career in racing so it was great to meet him and we look forward to working together with them more in the future. Kathryn for certain is a credit to their school and will no doubt go far as she has a great attitude and an easy going personality. We hope she’ll come back in and ride out whenever she can.

Next week is Racing Staff Week – a week to celebrate the fantastic staff we have and many courses are rewarding them with free meals at the races. There are a couple of Charity races too – last year both Isabelle Mangan and Kieran O’Hare represented our yard and this year it’s the turn of Harley Cornock who rides at Newton Abbot next Friday. We are having a BBQ on Thursday, generously part funded by the ROA, and Racing Welfare are putting on an ‘End of Racing Staff Week Party’ at Hugh Kelly’s Hollow Bottom pub in Guiting Power for all local racing staff too – a fabulous initiative which we’ll be encouraging our team to support. Such brilliant ideas and the more we can do to keep current staff and encourage new staff the better. We are currently looking for a new member of staff so do get in touch if you are interested.