Monday 21st September
Happy Birthday to our daughter Izzy, 10 today!
No runners today, so Phil could enjoy a family party Birthday tea once he had finished work at Middleham. Yesterday he took Triple Eight to Uttoxeter and it was so nearly a perfect afternoon, the 2nd fav just pipped us by the post although Triple ran another blinder under a peach of a ride from Adam, even if he did get beat – just by a better handicapped horse. He is one of Phil’s favourite horses on the yard, he says he is so easy and sound to train, he wishes they were all like that! Triple went out in the field at Castleton this morning and will be relaxing for a couple of days.
Last week we had Ashley , a recruit from Doncaster Racing School come for a days trial. He actually rode Triple before he ran, this is Ashley up the gallop on Triple behind stablemate, Nabateo. Ashley will be coming back for a couple more weeks to see how he gets on.
Several more videos are being made this evening and will be on tomorrows news. We hope you enjoyed the first two and seeing most of ( with a few exceptions that were out riding) the horses in the yard. It is noticeable that they look very happy, our big aim is to make their lives as comfortable and stress free as possible and they are all treated as individuals. We get very attached to them! Stormy Morning went to his new home in Bedfordshire early this morning, and Christine Stafford sent me this photo of him out in their paddock this afternoon, he has a wonderful permanent home with them.
Its a fairly quiet period with the flat runners all ready to run again in another week or two, and the bulk of the jumpers primed to start in mid- late October. One horse who is looking particularly well is pictured below;
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