Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Monday 23rd March

Spring has arrived but no one is feeling the joys this year

Having just ordered a ton of dettol, bleach and rubber gloves, and about to have a staff safety meeting, you can tell we are having to take this very seriously. Running a yard in which everyone touches stable doors, office doors, buckets, taps, gates, headcollars, walkers….we are trying to get to grips with the best way to keep everyone as safe as we can.  Visits to the yard have now stopped and its our Team only who are coming in each day to care for the horses and ride out the reduced number that are in work. We do still have about 25 horses being ridden out – a  combination of flat horses who will be ready for when racing resumes, a couple of summer jumpers, and young 3 and 4 year olds who are being broken in or learning their trade. We are keeping this news feed and our Facebook pages well updated as we know our followers and of course our Owners, are wanting to stay in touch as best as possible with day to day life here and their horses.  The horses themselves have no idea there is a problem so we must keep the show on the road as best we can, and look after them in just the same way.

Our star ‘Lady Buttons’

There’s been a lot of field harrowing the last few days and the cold but sunny weather has been helping dry the fields up are the wettest winter we can ever remember. Horses are going out by day in the paddocks and taking turns at turnout.  The Irish racing on an afternoon is being watched of course, and it was good to see the first 2 year old race take place today. We are happy with our 2 year olds and how they are at this stage of their training – we have 3 in work, and 2 of them are pictured at the top of the page, side by side.

We’ll be having a review of our NH season to read shortly, with our highlights and best bits…. please do check back in for this news piece over the course of this week. Following this will be a look ahead to our youngsters for next season, and we have what looks an exciting bunch.

Photos from the yard the past couple of days…

Lady’s Present – our new Partnership 3 year old NH filly

Imajorblush with Sammi

Alsvinder with Will

Nicely Indeed, who has been honourably retired by his Owners who went to his new home with Megan Beswick today

Smart new NH horse, Leopard

Matilda and Top Cat who are not good at self isolating

Spanish Buttons not having a good hair day

hello from the boys…. going nowhere – Pennine Cross, Show Promise & Lord Rococco

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