Martin’s Blog 26th May

For some reason my blog last week didn’t go live so apologies – it is now!

Glorious weather over the last few days and the horses we have in training seem in fine form. We’ve had Warren Marston and James Best in to ride work and, along with Deb Butler and Vicki Atkins, all the horses have had a couple of pieces of work over the past 5 days. The horses out in the field also look fantastic. We’ve not got long lush grass this year but what they have got seems to be doing the job as I couldn’t be happier. We never want them overly burley as our vet thinks we are crazy to get them hugely fat then put strain on their joints and organs getting them fit again! They are currently well and not hugely fat and look very happy.

Yesterday a few owners celebrated a lockdown wedding anniversary so Happy Anniversary to Heather & Clive Wooster and Stefan & Gwyn Hibbert!

We went to Batsford Stud today and picked up our two yearlings from there – a lovely full brother to our 5 time winner Spice Girl and also a half brother to our 3 time winner Ballymountain Boy by Ocovango. They both look fabulous and thanks to Alan and Anna Varey and their team there for doing such a wonderful job. It was also great to see Spice Girl and her new Passing Glance foal and Michael Chitty’s foal out of his Thornton Alice. New beginnings and so exciting.

It’s half term so my boys are loving helping me without feeling guilty they aren’t doing their work first! I don’t think either of them will go back until September – they are in years 5 and 7 so not one of the years thought important to go back – they are happy! Not sure how we will get them back in September though! Freddie, surprisingly to us, has received a glowing school report though – apparently he doesn’t “hate school”, in fact he is apparently “positive, friendly and seems to really enjoy his time at school. He balances his upbeat approach with hard work in class” ….as long as that continues and it’s just us he tells otherwise, that is fine! Well done Freddie, a great report and we are very proud.