Martin’s Blog 28th December

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Many of you still on holiday no doubt – thanks to all my team who mainly only had from just before 9am on Christmas Day off, somehow they got the whole yard mucked out and two lots ridden out by then – a great team effort. A fun time riding out dressed up in their best Christmas fancy dress! My parents have been down since Christmas Eve so a lovely family few days and no runners on Boxing Day meant we could attend Rich & Coot Lloyd’s Drinks Party in their fabulous renovated Barn within walking distance from The Halfway House in Kineton. A fun afternoon.

Fantastic racing too – Hewick a super result and the Moore Family having a brilliant treble yesterday, a more popular racing family you’d struggle to find. Great to get Witness Protection back to the track at Chepstow but with dreadful weather the ground was grueling and, after 7 months off and top weight, he found it tough going but will come on for the run and needed a starting point.

Super to catch up with so many friends over the Christmas period – The London International Horse Show is always a brilliant afternoon/evening and the Jockeys’ Challenge this year was no different. A superb night with lots of friends. A trip to Ascot Racecourse for Freddie to receive his prize for winning the Pony Club Pony Racing 148cm Championship for 2023 too – he’s ready for the next phase now and working hard on his fitness ahead of his Amateur Jockey course in January. Not 16 until Leap Day but counting down those days. His 4th proper birthday!

A belated thanks to Tom and his team at The Farmers Arms in Guiting Power where we went for the second year running for our Team Christmas Party. Absolutely delicious food, and plenty of it, and then skittles where boys beat girls before Polly Turner won the prize in King Pin which was much deserved as she was left with just 1 pin three times and casually nailed it! Good to have Polly back in during her break from Uni and back from a knee operation too. Her sister Jemima, who has helped out all month, off to sunnier climes for the next six months with just a break home for The Festival – very envious!

Meanwhile, what is happening to our weather here?! Catterick too soft now for our intended runners today and Leicester off. Storms in the north of the country damaging so much and floods too. I’ve never known it so wet around us either but thankfully we are high up however we must have had a power cut in the night.

Stay warm, safe and dry!



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