Martin’s Blog 3rd October

Andrew Tinkler in 1st lot and we schooled some horses on the all weather carpet loop at the yard. These included Dr Dunraven (the physio gave him a clean bill of health after his costly last fence blunder at Worcester) and he jumped very well so has certainly not lost any confidence, Forecast, World War and Back on the Lash. All the rest just cantered.

We recently welcomed Black Prince to the yard and he’s come to join the Martin Keighley Racing Club from Anthony Honeyball’s yard. Paul Davis and Jon Hughes were part of the partnership who owned him there – he’s beautifully bred but sadly hasn’t quite reached those heights and therefore the other partnership members were happy for Paul to take him on for our Racing Club and he’s settled in well. He’s been testing Harley’s stickability out on the gallops and he can put in some pretty interesting shapes for a huge horse – luckily Harley is unphased by it all!

With the weather pretty changeable at the moment some of the horses are starting to get a bit woollier in their coats so the clippers are coming out. It does them no good if they sweat and have long coats which don’t dry as they end up getting a chill. Any Currency always needed clipping about a month before anything else – he has the coat of a welsh mountain pony!

Chairman Jon Hughes here for much of the day catching up after a few days of much deserved golfing in Tenerife. a few meetings and plenty achieved but always lots more to do! Our Landlord, Robert Wharton, and his team are working hard on a new car park and viewing area at the top of the gallops and we are also thrilled to have been granted planning permission for a new 10 box stable block.

Melissa Jones from the Gloucestershire Echo has run a piece in the paper on our recent Owners’ Day and our season ahead. Read her thoughts HERE.