Martin’s Blog 15th February

Apologies but I was too busy opening all my Valentine’s cards yesterday to fit in a blog! Yesterday was a very busy one but nothing to do with Valentine’s Day…we just had lots of visitors which is always great.

It was absolutely bitter and rain turned to snow for much of the morning yesterday. Aidan Coleman was in first lot to ride out and school Oscar World and Somewhere To Be who he won on recently at Catterick in impressive style. Freddie & Harry were very pleased they are on half term so could see Aidan who is one of their favourite jockeys especially as he’s ridden quite a few Cheltenham winners for us. James Gibbs and Richard East were here to watch Solstice Star and discuss options and Harry Lee-Warner was also in to watch the horses on the gallops and discuss his mother’s horses. David & Janne Bishop (Bobble Emerald) called in too.

We had a further delivery of carpet from our yard sponsors Leisure Ride Group and this is to top up some of the gallop. Aidan commented how well our gallop rode and was particularly impressed with our widened carpet loop next to the yard that we school on when it’s too wet or frozen. We also schooled Sugar Storm, Bobble Emerald, Cut and Run with Champion Court acting as lead horse.

A quieter morning this morning and Harry Greasby, who is also on half term, in to ride out for the third time this week. Harry is very keen and will be pony racing again this year and my boys love it when he comes up to ride out. It all started quite a few years ago when Harry wrote me a lovely letter and we hope to encourage more youngsters to come and help out, and ride out when good enough, as that’s where the workforce of the future will come from.

Happy Birthday today to our friends, (and now both are owners!), Pip Frankish and Grahame Lovett!