Can often be a little stressful, too many fresh horses and I don’t think I’ve ever had quite such an eventful time as Monday this week; a deep sigh of relief when at 12.15 third lot came in and miraculously we had avoided any serious injury to horse or rider, phew. However a minute later the phone rang to tell me that Lucy had taken a heavy fall in the North of England and wouldn’t be able to drive home, all plans to catch up in office put on hold and a drive down the M74 and then the M6 ending up collecting rider and car from Lancaster Royal Infirmary to where she had been transferred for further tests; luckily nothing too serious, a fracture to her collar bone and we were back home for the 10pm news, many thanks to the staff and that hospital who provided a first class service (so different from a certain hospital near Musselburgh).
Sadly Lucy will be out for a short while and most importantly will miss Cartmel this weekend where she is leading rider for the season and has (had!) an excellent book of rides, one prize that will no doubt slip away but worse things happen. Many thanks also to Frank Cornfield who was in here taking photographs and very kindly came down with me to bring my car back up; he took excellent photographs of 2nd & 3rd lot – some of them have been used to update the website banners but you can see the whole lot here.