An every day account of a small racing yard and the highs and lows....
Saturday, 4 March 2017
Brave Bella and Holly
Kingston Blount today - Not much luck racing apart from Bella who did us proud by finishing fourth on her first start of the season. Three Best turned out's for Holly and Suzanne though bringing the total so far to 18! The ground was very sticky and Lily, Murphy and Scruffy pulled up - Murphy was lying third at the time two from home, and only two out of eleven finished so it shows how testing the ground was. The trouble with Kingston is that they always seem to go too fast to begin with and then very few get home. It's funny as when I used to ride ((just after the war) I didn't even think it was an option to pull up! You all just kept going until you jumped the last, and I guess because everyone did the same it was the norm. Where as now it is more the norm to pull up as soon as the horse is 'tired'or makes a mistake. I'm not convinced that is the best option as it is good for the horse to learn to jump when tired, but then again in our welfare friendly world you don't want to see a tired fall. It is all about horsemanship I guess and making the right decision for the horse.
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.