An every day account of a small racing yard and the highs and lows....
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Loving this 'Indian summer' - It really has been beautiful here for the past few days with lots of swimming in the river and making the most of it before winter sets in. Maria came to see us this morning and joined us on a lovely sunny ride. Sarah had a little incident this morning cubbing - The hunt was just over the road and she phoned to say that she was 'just on her way, but her horse Pinot may arrive before her!" She had parted company and he was on the road. I jumped into my car to pick Sarah up and look for Pinot who was heading for the main road. Thank goodness for HS2 (I never thought I would hear myself say that) as their road works slowed him down and he got caught near the traffic lights just before the main junction. It could have been very nasty but no one hurt so all good.
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.