Martin’s Blog 9th July

Roger & Rosemary Sollis, Granville Styler, Matthew Baker and Paul Davis on the gallops this morning to watch the horses and catch up with us all. The horses just cantered today and will work again tomorrow.

Yesterday Paul Davis, Belinda and I went to Gatcombe Park to see HRH The Princess Royal’s youngsters including Chequered View and her very cute and inquisitive foal. We could have easily taken him home! They looked superb and it was lovely to see them all. We then went on to look at some youngsters of Zara Tindall’s and to look at Run A Rig too who is due to come back into training in the autumn. All also looking superb in the sunshine.

On Wednesday Matt Capp and his father Andy, Jon Hughes and Paul Davis were all in to watch James Best & Patrick Cowley school some of the horses. This included Dreamsundermyfeet and Capricia, Ben Buie and Be Thankful and Debden Bank and they all schooled well which is always even more of a relief in front of owners! Neil Jakes was in to see us all too and it was lovely to see him as well.

Eclat Des Mottes ran well for a long way at Uttoxeter on Tuesday but was back peddling when eventually unseating James Best although James isn’t quite sure what he did. A shame as he has usually jumped so well but he was beaten anyway and we’ve come to the easy conclusion that he’s not in love with racing anymore. I’ll compile some videos and share them on social media as we’d love to find him a fabulous home out of racing. He’d be suited to hunting, team chasing and even eventing with a bit more re-training and is so easy to do anything with and a real sweetie. We’ll ensure it is a lovely home. Get in touch to find out more.

On a really sad note to end, the whole team was left devastated on Wednesday morning when Sharon & Grahame Lovett’s stunning horse, Goldie’s Lovingit, was injured in the field and had to be put to sleep. He had sustained a blow to his knee and couldn’t be saved. It never gets any easier and, in fact, is often even harder when it’s a horse which is so kind to do anything with in the yard and also had shown us so much on the gallops, even though he’d not yet shown the general public what we’d seen at home. We really did think he was going to make up into a Saturday horse and he reminded me so much of how easily Champion Court found everything at home and he was the same stamp as him too. A tearful day for us all – these horses are loved so much and Goldie knew that too. We are fortunate to have our vets located so closely and I’m lucky enough to have such a wonderful team of people ensuring our horses want for nothing at all times. Heartbreaking for Sharon & Grahame and our thoughts are with them.



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