Martin’s Blog 6th February

Much milder than last week. We took the horses out 1st lot for a hack and a canter around the banks at our next door farm this morning thanks to Christopher & Anni Cox. They loved it and all seem very fresh after a quietish 10 days. Indeed there have been a couple of loose ones too so far this week – no more hopefully!

Charlie Dee was in for a couple of lots and it was good to catch up with him. We also had physio Hannah Ashton in this morning checking a few of the horses and she confirmed that they seemed very bright when she was checking and treating those on her list too! I’m sure it is so good mentally for our horses to be turned out most days in their paddocks as they love to have a good buck, kick and squeal and a roll in the mud too – no doubt it makes them easier to ride too!

Yesterday we had a family day organised by Belinda’s Godmother, Ex-England Hockey International Captain Dr Anita White. She had arranged for us to visit The Hockey Museum in Woking, the only museum of it’s kind in the World to find out more about the Hockey Career of Belinda’s late mother, Kathy Malcom (nee’ Cook). We met Anita, husband Andrew and Belinda’s brother Peter and wife Michelle came too. It was absolutely fascinating – they had gone to so much trouble to look out every single mention of Kathy in hockey magazines, press cuttings etc. We also learnt a lot about how hockey has evolved including what they wear, the stick etc.

We saw the Wembley programmes of games she was in, learnt that she was Gloucestershire’s most capped England player with 54 caps, saw some wonderful photos of her and with her team mates and they’d even asked those who played with and against her for their memories so they could share them with us. A very special day and wonderful for Freddie and Harry to find out more about their Granny – Freddie doesn’t really remember her and Harry never got to meet her. Freddie is a Manchester United fan so was thrilled to see that his Granny had Captained an England B Team that played at Old Trafford! Huge thanks to Shane & Katie from the Museum and also Anita too.

Such sad news to hear that our friend Jason Medcroft died this morning. Our thoughts are with wife Emms and daughters Evie and Maddie. As so many of us know, cancer is such a cruel disease and Jason is finally at peace. Another gone far too soon and will be sorely missed by so many.