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Horse of the Year is upon us!!

They say as you get older time goes even faster and it does seem as though our feet have hardly touched the ground since the last blog. Have had a really busy time with meetings and judging and juggling working the horses in between to gear them up for HOYS. Judged at BSPS champs, surely one of the most efficiently run shows in the country – was looked after superbly and had brilliant stewards which makes judging such a pleasure and being a newbie on the BSPS panel found it very interesting. Sport horse show was blesses with great weather but a shame some of the classes were not well supported but great plans afoot for next year to up the status. Next stop judging the racehorses at Burghley – wonderful main ring and plenty of horses forward in such a magnificent setting, then onto BSHA champs, Addington looking very smart but it comes low on my list of favourite shows – greatly improved going back there a few days later to judge the in-hand classes at the Cherif champs which conversely features very high on my fave show list. Lovely atmosphere and I had some really good animals to sort through. So on to next week – seven (all being well) going to Birmingham which becomes a logistical nightmare – moving house would be simpler! But once done we can rest some of the horses and concentrate on bringing on the new ones and try to all have a break as well. It’s quite extraordinary how little rain we’ve had (car covered in dust) and went up to Scotland last Friday to do a ROR judges seminar and testing and it was as dry […]

By |September 29th, 2014|news|Comments Off

Time to catch up

Seems a long time since the June blog! Anyway we have been so busy and have been on the road a lot both with judging and competing. Had a great time judging at the magnificent Great Yorkshire show and thoroughly enjoyed my first hunter pony judging at RIHS – a long day but at both these big shows was lucky to have great co-judges. The yard has been going well with now five with HOYS tickets and with a little bit of luck might get two more done. The weather has also been kind though hard ground was starting to be a problem until recently when we have had some really heavy rain – saves me watering the garden! It is well into the holidays re schools breaking up so when I drive onto the A339 in the morning now there is no queue of Stepford wives in their Chelsea tractors clogging the road turning into Cheam School. They do seem to all look alike? Having made some really long car journeys lately listening to Classic FM I really do wonder what makes people choose certain types of music. How can Rachmaninov”s piano concerto no.2 even begin to compare with Beethoven or Mozart, yet there it is at no.2 in the hall of fame and as for Lark Ascending the poor bird would be constipated by the time that piece is finished and as for Einaudi! Still, if we all liked the same thing the world would be a duller place, so those living in Dullsville can listen to whatever they like.
Back to reality and horses – it is sad that Search for a Star has had it’s final session of the year […]

By |August 13th, 2014|news|0 Comments

halfway through

So now we are approaching the longest day which I dread as it means slowly but surely the evenings will start drawing in! Shows have been coming in thick and fast but we have a mini-break until Hickstead Derby meeting, though this coming week-end we have our 3rd Search for a Star at a new venue Summerhouses in Gloucester but it doesn’t involve driving horses for hours just a really pleasant day judging. Throughly enjoyed judging the Cuddy qualifier at Bath and West so very interesting weighing up the different breeds and types and it requires enormous concentration! Three Counties show for once had good weather though the ground had become very hard and slippery. Cashel Rock got his HOYS ticket though he had to give best to top winner Dancing Lord ridden by lovely Clare Oliver. Cochrane won a very strong lightweight cob class and went reserve champion so he really does fly the flag for us!
What else is new? World Cup football is on everyone’s lips though there is no way I want to sit up half the night watching. Royal Ascot starts tomorrow and on Wednesday The Fugue clashes withFrench filly Treve in a strong field. We’ll be watching with bated breath!!
Going back to World Cup I can only repeat from my last blog that corruption seems to be a global epidemic, and as for religion!! What happened to a modern tolerant society? The old saying about man’s inhumanity to man has never been more to the point.. Heigh-ho, time for a cup of tea and try to put all morbid thoughts aside and settle down tomorrow to watch a feast of racing – for once TV becomes a boon though […]

By |June 16th, 2014|news|0 Comments

season well under way

Having started very quietly, we are now in full swing with the shows. BSPS area 7 we won 5 classes but though the weather was great the show ran incredibly late and we didn’t get home til midnight! BSHA Southern show was very conveniently at Sparsholt and a successful day there. Windsor for once drew glorious weather and other than a couple of disappointments we finished with a good win in the intermediates. Devon saw our first HOYS ticket With Ted the cob, but how sad for Devon that they had to cancel the last day. As usual the British weather has played a major role and it seems rea;lly hard that having rained all winter it has continued on into the spring. Next stop is Bath & West and one just prays for an improvement in the skies above!! So far, qualified horses are Cashel Rock, Mr. Mick (2 classes) Fairfax C, Moyglass Bally Dancer, Sea Patrol, Cochrane (RIHS & HOYS). Not bad for a small yard. That’s enough stable talk – next an apology for spelling Mr. Putin’s Christian name wrong – it should be Vladimir, not Vladamir. One can’t help the uneasy feeling of being reminded of that historical character Vlad the Impaler. Perhaps Russian parents should go more for good old Sergei or Ivan. Managed to get home from Devon in time to vote in the European election. Was presented with a huge list of parties most of whom I have never heard of and who will presumably sink back into their respective sloughs of despond. now it is over. I think I made a wrong turn somewhere as I’m sure I should have been a MEP as their trains […]

By |May 27th, 2014|news|Comments Off