Martin’s Blog 19th February

Fantastic to welcome a large group of NH Enthusiasts this morning led by Ruth Lancaster and they managed to watch two lots of horses working on the gallops, both on the grass and our carpet gallop, before the rain arrived and they retreated to enjoy the refreshments in the yard and get to talk to the team and cuddle those horses wanting cuddles! Always a great group and we hope they will come again soon after an enjoyable morning.

Earlier in the week James Best and Finn Lambert were in and we schooled Melechov, Pay The Woman, Duke of Luckley, Herecomeshogan under the watchful eye of Jon Hughes and Paul Davis. Paul has started riding out the retired City Never Sleeps and both look very happy to be out together.

Storm Eunice didn’t hit us until after we’d ridden all the horses out but then brought a tree down and left the yard without power all day. However I have nothing but praise for the Western Power team (and Glos Fire Service who came out quickly in case we had a problem – led by Conor & Kieran Shoemark’s father Ian) as they all worked so hard to get us back on. Indeed we were just going to bed as they arrived back in the yard and by the time we woke up the yard was back on – thank you.

I took the team to the pub for lunch, our local the Coach & Horses in Longborough, but the power came on in our house just before we left so the boys, whose school was closed, had no excuses but to finish their online homeschooling!

Off to Ascot with Sojourn making his debut for our yard under James Best. He’s a fragile horse but a lovely chap and has done well for Anthony Honeyball, owned by Jon & Jack Hughes and joined us just before Christmas. He’s not finished his last two races but before then has some great form. He will love the ground and let’s hope he bounces back to form and enjoys it today. Good luck Team.

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