Life at West Lockinge continues to be busy and varied. I have been judging at several Horse Shows in June including the Cuddy Championship at the 3 Counties and both in hand and ridden hunters plus led Connemaras at The Royal Highland. I missed Royal Ascot due to the Showing Commitments but the Highland Show, in particular, was yet again a great experience. It is such an amazing 4 day show and so beautifully run. I was looked after so well and my stewards were great. There were some lovely horses and ponies in my classes.
On the Sunday after the trip to Scotland, I judged at the Hickstead Derby meeting. I was assigned to the Championship of the Retrained Racehorses (ROR class). My ride judge was an ex Point to Point champion Mike Felton – who in fact rode many Point to Point winners for me in the 1980’s. Mike did a great job riding all the horses – 28 of them all of whom had run under National Hunt rules. Our winner and Champion was the Queen’s Barber Shop who was beautifully produced by Kate Jerram. In the adjacent ring John Dunlop and Louise Daly sorted out another big class of ex flat race horses. These classes have really taken off and it is great to see so many good ex racehorses going so well and enjoying another type of life.
Last Tuesday (25th June) Yogi Breisner was back at the farm to give more clinics. He instructed 13 riders over 3 hours in hourly sessions and it was a huge success and all the riders were extremely complimentary and felt they (and their horses) had learnt a lot.
Our next visit from Yogi is on Tuesday 9th July. There will be 2 groups under instruction with a maximum of 5 horses in each. One will start at 12 noon and one at 1pm. If you are interested please e-mail email@example.com or ring 07860 110153 – the acceptances are coming in already so don’t delay!
Finally, the racehorses who have enjoyed a good Summer at grass are beginning to come back in from the fields and by mid July all the NH horses which we prepare here for Mick Channon should once more be in proper work. We still take in horses to re: school and prepare for other disciplines plus flat race horses to teach to jump for hurdling.
The Connemara Stud is thriving too and we have some lovely foals. Our stallion, Lecarrow King, has been well occupied with my mares and with visiting mares, a lot of whom are thoroughbreds.
Added on: 27/06/2013