Comings and goings…

So, whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire yesterday left me feeling a bit like Lucy must feel most days, 5am start, 7 hours 45 minutes driving and back home early evening – main difference was not having to ride in 3 or 4 races in between but attend a couple of meetings instead; much easier and all-in-all […]

29 July 2012|

Sun last, hay mown and seldom will weather forecasts be more closely scrutinized than over the next 48 hours, fingers crossed. Horses newly back in training doing flatwork in the school, trotting on the gallop and hacking, others more rigorous stuff on the all-weather. Touring a few other yards to talk about gallop […]

29 July 2012|


Damp again, forecast OK, perhaps a 72 hour window ahead to make some haylage.  All weather still under repair so schools and cantering on the grass again today, back in training this week are Buffalo Ballet, Fleet Fox and Daasij – the latter two looking particularly well, the former rather grumpy judging by the way […]

24 July 2012|

Cartmel Saturday

Makhzoon (Lucy)

A fine day and with the gallop having it’s annual “service” the horses being sharpened up on the grass, riding nicely and the cattle joining in the gallop, quite fast some of them (or maybe the horses are quite slow?).  Cartmel have put on an excellent new meeting tomorrow and Monday, with good prize […]

20 July 2012|

As promised.. wet again

Well, a morning spent mostly managing the heavy rain running down the gallop, luckily the newly resurfaced round school has taken the rain brilliantly so a bit of work in there prior to a hack for most of them.  New surface has drained perfectly, becoming a bit of an expert on gallop and arena surfaces, […]

18 July 2012|


Just to prove that the sun did shine one day this summer some pictures from Kinneston this morning…. Heading down the gallop, heavy rain forecast tomorrow so Saturday runners did their work today with gallop in good order,  baler in action this afternoon we hope!Milling around, Little Glenshee and Spinning Away watch them turning at […]

17 July 2012|


A fine day, decent breeze and sunny spells, drying up, forecast being scrutinized!  A morning on the all weather and riding seven new horses for the first time, all very well behaved which is always a relief, long may it last.  Entries through for Cartmel on Saturday, looks competitive but hopefully we will run Makhzoon, The […]

16 July 2012|

Breezy Sunday

Balwyllo (Holly) Cool but a fine south-westerly breeze this morning, beginning to dry things up but forecast not great, two more to Lucinda’s this morning, Balwyllo and Goldtrek, seemed to appreciate the change in scenery, both of course were due to run at Perth today.  Back here all on the walker and out for a spell […]

15 July 2012|

Back to the blog…

Well, a special week away from the rain in Majorca, persuaded Lucy to join us from Sunday so whole family assembled for five days, perfect weather and lots of laughs.  Normally my absence is the trigger for the sun to come out here, not this time and conditions have continued to be appalling, whole farm […]

14 July 2012|

Spinning Away

So, two days of Perth abandoned, racing in Wales abandoned, heavy ground from Brighton to Hamilton, the Game Fair abandoned but it doesn’t look like anything will stop T in the Park, a sea of mud already but it won’t stop the party. It almost feels appropriate that Perth has been cancelled this week, amidst the gloom […]

4 July 2012|