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Thursday, 15th February 2011

View of the new yard

It has been a busy month for me organising the move to my new yard in Hornton. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of equipment and it has taken quite a bit of shifting to the new premises. On 30th January the horses were finally moved to their new premises and seemed to like their new surroundings. It is very peaceful up there. As you can see we have two schools, one 40m x 25m arena which is completely fenced which is great for lunging and backing youngsters. The other is a 30m x 60m newly resurfaced arena which is fabulous to ride on. We also have a Monarch covered large 5 horse walker, an 8 box barn all to myself and individual turnout. Everything I need to produce the horses for competition! I am really loving have a barn all to myself and can organise it exactly how I want it and keep it immaculate!

My New 8 horse American Barn (left) and Covered 5 Horse Monarch Horsewalker (right)
Toby schooling at home

Toby has now been jumping twice to Onley Equestrian Centre where they have a full set of BSJA show jumps. We hired the indoor arena on both occasions and he has really benefited from these excursions. He is enjoying his new home and is loving the hacking round the gallops - great for keeping him fit.

Bridgit (Bronze Star) is now back in full work - I am thrilled with the way she has matured over her holidays - She has really come on and is a lovely established ride now. I am lucky that her feet are in such good condition as I am saving myself some money and not having her shod until I absolutely have to. With such a difficult economic climate, this is a way that I can save myself some money - we have some great surfaces to ride on and can also hack out straight onto the set aside fields so at the moment don't have to touch the roads. In fact with most of the youngsters unless they absolutely need them I am also leaving them without any hind shoes.

Portia settling into her new surroundings

Portia has been making good progress and is going home for a short holiday and I will have a large hack/intermediate of Lady Benton Jones in her place to sell. He is a lovely 6 year old bay gelding - a really fabulous comfortable ride with really lovely paces. He is really easy to produce and a lovely person to have on the yard. He has now been clipped and trimmed up and looks ready to go to his first show! He is also eligible for the Cherif classes so a great prospect for an amateur to produce at home. Please feel free to give me a call if anyone is interested in more information about him.

Thriller owned by Alan Lintott just having been backed

I have just taken delivery of Thriller (aka Harry) belonging to Alan Lintott. This is a really exciting prospect for me to show in the future. He is a 16.1 brown gelding by Kilvington Scoundrel out of a State Diplomacy mare. He has been extremely successfully shown in hand winning many championships and culminating in winning the British Show Horse In Hand £1000 Championship last year. He has a great work ethic and was broken in very easily at our new yard and is now trotting and cantering round both arenas very happily and has also hacked round the farm - not bad for two weeks. The fact that he was so well produced and brought up by Craig up in North Yorkshire has really made my job very easy. He really is a fabulous ride and supremely comfortable - need I coo any more!

A lovely shot of Holly from her Double Take Photo Shoot

Holly is making great progress at Ferdi Eilbergs and is getting regular tuition. She is lucky enough to be doing a lot of riding on all sorts of horses as well as producing Sandrose Silk for the Novice Regional Finals on 20th February. As soon as Sassy has completed this she will be coming back to our yard and be swopped with Cambridge the four year old by Sir Donnerhall. It is a wonderful opportunity for Holly and I know that she is loving every minute - she does appreciate coming home for her days off - of course armed with loads of washing! Mums really do rule! I really miss her about on the yard and at home but do realise that she has to spread her wings sometime. Hopefully she will be coming back for part of the season.

Millie (Buriana Cashel) is coming back this week and Jenson is back at the end of the month so then we have full house. I am also hoping to take delivery of a lovely coloured 4 year old belonging to Valerie Redbart which I am really looking forward to working with. I have two extremely efficient part time girls who have really fitted in and work well with the horses - busy times ahead!

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