An every day account of a small racing yard and the highs and lows....
Saturday, 28 December 2019
RIP Velvet Dove
Velvet Dove in her heyday
We were very sad to find Velvet Dove dead in the yard this morning - She looked peaceful and hadn't got a scratch on her but oddly she had jumped over two barriers and was in the yard next to her foal. She had never even looked like doing it before. She had been completely relaxed about her weaning, even letting herself out of the yard the day before for a pick of grass. She must have known her time had come and possibly gone to say goodbye... She was always very quirky and did things her own way. She was barely 16hh but managed to win 6 races carrying 12 stone plus and two races she won by a distance. If she didn't fancy the competition she would refuse to race - She couldn't be told but we loved her dearly. Thankfully she had a lovely Christmas day with lots of polos and didn't suffer at all. She has some lovely youngsters coming on, one of which (Smoking Pigeon by Midnight Legend) will be running next weekend at Larkhill for his first run. If he has got anything like his mothers courage and tenacity then he should do really well. Most importantly he comes home safely.
We are off to Cottenham tomorrow to watch some racing without horses - Yippee!
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.