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New arrivals, Top Hats and flying carpet. . .

This entry was posted on 2016-06-14 by Caroline.

No runners this week but lots happening on the yard. . . . 

A meeting on the gallops with the ground work expert set our hearts pounding.  The chance to plan a gallop from the start, to your own spec doesn't happen too often.  Having had the advantage of riding the line every day since we arrived has enabled me to fine tune it exactly as I would like it to be.  We have decided on the latest carpet fibre surface which has the advantaqe of a wonderfull springy surface, low maintenance and copes with very low temperatures without freezing.  I can't wait for construction to begin!!  

The main barn is looking fabulous.  The ceilings have been put in the tack room and rug room so we can securely lock and heat both areas.  Moving the tack from our temporary tack room gave me yet another chance to sift through our collection of tack and equipment and discard anything past its usefull life. Its amazing what you collect over the years !! 

The roof is now on the walker too and how smart it looks!  Monarch assure me that it will be cool in the summer and warm in the winter and so far it has passed the summer test !

The horses currently running moved into the main barn and settled in immediately. It is so light and airy and they seemed to relax straight away. 

'Heston' a 3yr old by Geordieland, is learning very quickly and is already lunging and long reigning around the arena confidently. He has been joined by another very smart 3yr old called 'Benny' by Beneficial, who also looks to be a very nice prospect. He arrived from the Goffs Land Rover sales in Ireland last Thursday and is just "chilling" for a week or so before his training starts. 

Mrs Winchester has an entry at Southwell next Monday which will be her first run over fences. Chita's Gamble settled so much better at Newton Abbott on Friday, but having run only 6 days previously she lacked the finishing strength she needed to trouble the judge. She will be given a few quiet days to recover and will hopefully remember what she has learnt from her runs when she is seen again. 

We now have the 'feast' that is Royal Ascot to enjoy this week.  My evenings shall be sat in front of the telly with my Weatherbys Stallion Book on my lap, as usual, checking out the Sires of those amazing horses we have the privilage to watch, plus a sneaky look at the fashions of course!!  Thank goodness for evening replays so I don't miss anything !!! 

 

 

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