An every day account of a small racing yard and the highs and lows....
Monday, 4 March 2013
We worked three horses on the hallowed grass gallops today - They are the same one's that Spanish Steps was trained on by the Courage family. They rode really well but are very quickly drying out, which is astonishing as they have been too wet to use much up until now. The three horses in the video are Jake (Doctor Kingsley) Jess (We Never Give Up) and Goody (Lady Barfad) It felt very springlike with the skylarks singing and the sun shining. It was so beautiful and we are incredibly lucky to be able to use those gallops. A real privilege. I was on Goody, who up until now had never done a proper piece of work and although she was a little outpaced by the 'Big Guns' seemed to cope very well. She is supposed to be making her debut on Saturday at Kingston Blount but as they haven't split the maiden and we only have one jockey and two entered (Velvet Royale is the other) we may have to delay it until another day, depending on which one we think is the most forward.
Pauline has been race riding her own horses in point to points for 15 years and is now training with Doug. Pauline has recently got her trainers permit. They are both passionate about National Hunt racing and achieving maximum potential from their horses in the best possible way. This is why ‘Equine Fitness’ is a very exciting new business for them.
In 2006 Doug eventually plucked up the courage (it only took 7 years!) to propose to Pauline whilst they were on holiday in the Maldives and they married in the Lake District in June 2007.