Martin’s Blog 24th January

A frustrating week without runners – so many plans and, as often the Courses have to give the ground every chance, cancellations often on the morning of the race. A nightmare for all and it’s been so cold up here – -7 this morning so although we’ve been able to use our gallops every day (and they’ve been busy with other Trainers/Point to Pointers/Eventers using them too) we’ve obviously not been able to turn them out in their paddocks so fresh horses!

It’s been freezing cold but the sky has been stunning – how lucky we are to be based in such a gorgeous location. Apparently there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices!

Shepherd’s warning?!
What a view through the ears of Dreamsundermyfeet

We’ve had a few visitors braving the cold over the last few days too and my cousin Ian along with wife Geraldine, sons Tom & Jack, stayed in Stow on the Wold for the weekend and came up on the gallops a couple of times. Thankfully they were able to come up on Sunday too as Saturday was thick fog. Sunday was stunning.

Rich & Coot Lloyd were up on Saturday too to see Pinnacle Peak and Just A Deal and they were treated to a ride in the buggy, with Willow too!

Yesterday we had a visit from Derek & Honor Newton who are big supporters of us. After a catch up we showed them around the horses and it was lovely to see them.

Derek & Honor with Spanish Present
Derek with Zestful

We’ve had enough of the cold weather now – the forecast tells us it’s going to start warming up now – let’s hope they are right. Fingers crossed the Cross Country Course is ok on Saturday at Cheltenham – poor Back On The Lash has been aimed at the November Meeting first (too firm) then the xc at the December Meeting (frozen off) …. 3rd time lucky?! We hope so!

Finally, a huge happy birthday to my father Trevor.

Happy Birthday Dad



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