Warm and sunny again today, needless to say the rain we missed in April and May all arrived in the space of about 72 hours earlier in the month but conditions have dried up again now and on balance it’s been a fair summer so far; a few pictures showing summer life at Kinneston.

We have 36 horses out at grass 24/7 spread across 80 acres of paddocks

Only two horses in training at present, Benny’s Secret and Queen of Avalon, another half dozen still in recovering from injuries but two more going out tomorrow and work continues at a pace to ensure everything has been steam-cleaned and repainted prior to the horses starting to come back in from grass, 20 of those turned out earlier are due in by the end of the month.

An early start to the haylage, ideal conditions, fingers crossed of course

We’ve found lovely new homes for a few old favourites this week; Clan Chief, Wicklow Lad, Heilan Rebel, Farewelltocheyenne and Bertie Milan are all moving on but my priority is to source new talent for the yard and after recent visits to France, Doncaster and Ascot it is over to the Derby Sale in Ireland next week followed by France again and then Newmarket in July – value seems particularly hard to come by at present but we are working hard to fill our target of 8 new horses for the upcoming season; most of these are for specific clients but we will also be buying a few on spec that will be offered for sale later in the summer.

We are putting in a new road and pondering whether to put in another all-weather gallop

A fine field of seed potatoes

The Kinneston turf stretches into the distance

Silk or Scarlet has done well since his arrival at Kinneston

Gold Opera relaxing – I spend most of the winter worrying about how to keep condition on him…. not a worry now