Coneygree in training. Photo by David Hall
As the team get ready for the 2015/16 National Hunt Season, Sara takes time out of her busy schedule to share her thoughts about the horses in training and how they have been progressing since returning to work. Having enjoyed some downtime in the field all summer, it’s all systems go as Mark and Sara look to emulate the success of last year.
The horses are now all back in work and have just begun building up their strength and stamina by doing some fast work. Each horse has their own tailored programme but at this stage it’s important to ensure that they are both fit and well and progressing at a level that suits them, based on factors such as their age and temperament. We are desperately waiting for the rain to come so that we can get them onto the grass and put the finishing touches to their preparation for the racetrack.
We are really pleased with the progress of our six new three year olds who have recently been backed. It’s fascinating to watch them learn their trade and see them transform from babies with promise into fine looking athletes as they gain condition and balance.
Coneygree looks better and stronger than ever and already I’m having to ride him out twice a day to keep the lid on his fresh antics without spoiling his fun. Nico was delighted with the way that Coneygree jumped recently, especially as he was with the other experienced horses, who were all full of the joys of life and more than a little excited to be off the ground for the first time this season.
Robert’s Star has done particularly well over the summer, especially since the equine dentist came out to do his annual teeth check and removed an impacted blind wolf tooth which we think was the cause for his lack of performance last year. Now this problem has been corrected we are excited to see if he can perform as we’d hoped.
We have one new lad, Ben, who has joined the team. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that he’s led quite an unorthodox life and has had a very interesting career to date. Ben has a great affinity with horses so we are pleased to welcome him to the fold but are still looking for more staff. Ideally we are keen to find someone who has some sport horse experience, especially as Lily is heading off to university at the end of the month. Even though she will be back as much as possible, we are keen to find someone who has the potential to be an integral member of the team. Lily leaves big shoes to fill but the reward of working with a tight-knit team, who has enjoyed great success recently, is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.
We have some fantastic horses on the yard and we are looking for someone who genuinely loves horses, understands the importance of correct training and riding in balance and would like to work with top class racehorses in a family atmosphere.
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