Thursday, 9 August 2018

Velvet Steel and Burrows Spring both pregnant with very smart stallions Pethers Moon and Norse Dancer and now 'Ladies in waiting'

Joined by the two thugs Velvet Dove and Velvet Dream who have been roughing it with the (very nice) stallion down the road

Jessica and Jackson

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

 Introducing 'Jackson Brown'  - Poppy's grandson and Jack's great grandson - SO cute and he has settled in extraordinarily well

I was hoping to introduce the two new arrivals (foal and puppy) together but very sadly the foal was born dead. Doug got to it just a few minutes after it had been born and she was stone cold. It was a month overdue and I had a feeling it wasn't going to be a happy ending as Spider had started to produce milk a month ago. Spider was licking her but seemed to know it wasn't right as she wasn't upset when we took her away. I wonder whether the extreme hot weather had effected her? Possibly it was natures way of saying that as there was a drought the foal shouldn't be born and then it went on for too long. We will never know but at least Spider is fine and the foal didn't suffer. It just would have been lovely for Mary to have had a playmate

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The wonderful Popaway  - Bottle of champagne given by the PPOA for her fabulous win at Cheltenham.
She is now back at Roy and Carol's for her much deserved summer holiday.

Carol and Roy - The loveliest of owners and what fun we have had!!

It was such a massive relief to get Popaway scanned for the final time before her October scan and see the heartbeat of her foal - Absolutely amazing. To get her to Roy's all in one piece, safe and well was a wonderful feeling. You can see by the side view that she has already let herself down nicely and already looks like a 'Mum to be'  To celebrate her 20 wins and the safe end to a fabulous career we all had a glass  of champagne whilst watching her gallop round the field with her boyfriend, Billy, and Roy and Carol treated us to a lovely meal in the local pub.
What a wonderful mare she has been and one that has never stopped giving. We didn't for one moment think she would be so easy to get in foal as she has always been so dominant and 'testosterone fuelled' but now she has decided it is time to have babies and behave in a more ladylike fashion!  We put her to Pethers Moon as Doug and Roy were so impressed with how correct he was when they went to Yorton stud with Velvet Steel, supposedly to see Blue Bresil but they couldn't take their eyes off Pethers Moon and so we changed out minds. This is only his second season at Yorton and apparently some French trainers have already bought all of his first crop. Very exciting....
Talking of foals I am rapidly going off this broodmare lark with Spider absolutely refusing to give birth. She is obsessed with food and that seems to be all she cares about. Because there is no grass in the top paddock we are feeding her and Squeak and that seems to be her main focus even though she is now well over her date. She has waxed and has run milk a few days ago but resolutely refuses to oblige. What she clearly doesn't realise is that as soon as she has her baby we have a field full of grass just waiting for them both. Mary (quite contrary) is growing like a weed and is a real character. She lives up to her name. She will love a playmate to gallop round the field with as it is rather boring doing it on her own....

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

STILL no foal.... She (Spider) looks enormous and is in the field with Squeak and Mary who she now loves so I hope she doesn't think she has already done the business and is holding out as I am getting a little tired with the very early mornings...
Peter Mann and his lovely girlfriend, Danielle, came around for supper the other night for a DVD session reminiscing about Doctor Kingsley. It was the first time Pete had seen all the Cheltenham replays as he had found it rather difficult to watch after his reluctant retirement but they were great viewing and although emotional he coped with it well - I have spent most of the day trying to get the DVD's onto YouTube so that I could put them onto the blog but frustratingly, they just wouldn't download. Pete went to see Dr K in the field and there was no question that the old horse remembered him - He was all over him and it was very special to watch. They had such an amazing relationship and I know he would never have won so many races if it hadn't been for Pete understanding his quirky side and to a certain extent, Jake understanding Pete's wacky and slightly off the wall personality.... They were meant for each other!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

I take it all back England - What a transformation! They played with real determination and no gum chewing to be seen. If they play like that again they stand a chance of going through to the final and I am actually quite looking forward to their next match. I never thought the day would come when I would say that about English football.
The lovely hot weather continues - The grass is looking a bit brown now but there is still plenty of it and the horses are looking surprisingly well. Spider, the Kayf Tara filly still hasn't foaled.
We have had a lovely weekend with a hunt evening drinks party on Friday to welcome the new master, John Aprahamian into the fold, there was a good bunch of people there and we stayed rather later than we should. The following evening we went out for a lovely supper to Julie and Charlie Wadland's as we are having a puppy out of Charlie's terrier and by Jake, Peter Mann's dog that is son of Poppy. He is absolutely gorgeous and I now have to be patient and wait until he is 8 weeks old before he can come home. Two very long weeks to wait....
Today was very special too as Joseph and Sophie came round for lunch with little Henry and Jessica, who are very nearly as cute as the puppy(!) It was an absolute scorcher and we all ran about in the sprinkler to cool down and then after lunch we went for a walk and a paddle in the river.
A wonderful day.....

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

We are still waiting for the Kayf Tara filly to foal, she looks as though she has got a couple more days to go - Mary is doing really well and is extremely self opinionated and already gallops around the field on her own. She is going to be a handful I think, but a very athletic one!
I have just suffered watching the English football match against Columbia. They were one goal up and it looked as though they couldn't have cared less. I may be very wrong as I normally watch Rugby, but there just didn't seem to be any sense of urgency at all and most of the time they seemed to be kicking it back to their own goalkeeper rather than pointing the ball in the right direction. Then they were shocked when Columbia scored and started to play a little then but honestly compared to other teams they looked very average. They were very lucky to win in the end with a penalty shoot out. I felt very sorry for Columbia, a third world country with a much lower population than the UK and obviously much lower paid players. We were horrified to see Jamie Vardy chewing gum and blowing bubbles whilst playing!!?? Call me old fashioned if you like but how can you honestly say that you are trying your gut bursting hardest whilst chewing gum and blowing bubbles?  Doug said he might as well have a fag and a beer on the go as well!