Blog – 25th September 2017
As September is drawing to an end and the National Hunt season is about to kick off – I am delighted to be able to reflect on our preparation for the season ahead and share my thoughts in my first blog!
The horses are all in great order and I am very excited about getting our first runner to the races. I hope this will be in mid-October. The horses who are well forward at this stage include Smart Boy – our first recruit from the Point-to-Point field. He is showing good ability, working well on the gallops and schooling over the hurdles. His first run will be in a Novice Handicap Hurdle running off a mark of 92. King Calvin, who won two Point-to-Points last season, has filled out over the summer into a much stronger individual. He will go Novice Hurdling before the end of October. He is a horse I am particularly looking forward to running. Another horse ready to run is Gulshanigans, a horse who I bought at the Doncaster May sale. He has a rating of 119 over hurdles and is a very exciting prospect. He is ready to go Novice Chasing in the next couple of months and is available to buy. He has been jumping effortlessly, he is a classy looking athlete and will give his new owner a lot of fun in the winter months ahead (should you be interested in purchasing him please do not hesitate to call me 07904 185720).
On 17th September, we held our annual Owners Day, the first time as a dual-purpose yard. It was great to see so many familiar faces who continue to support us and the new owners who have started with us this season. We have some super pictures taken by Emma Harris on the gallery link. The weather held out for us to be able to have a full parade of the horses. It was lovely to hear so many positive comments about the horses and the yard – much of the credit goes to the team here at Higher Peckmoor who put in a lot of work to make everything look so fantastic. A big thank you from me to them. I was delighted that Rory Stewart-Richardson from our new sponsor Connexi was able to come – I know that he appreciated the chance to meet many of the owner’s.
The year ahead looks to be very exciting and we are blessed to have such a promising collection of horses to train using our great facilities here at Peckmoor. I feel we are well prepared and ready to hit the ground running when we the season gets going for us. Keeping the horses fit and healthy is key and their welfare is paramount. My goal is to build on the success I have achieved in Point-to- Point racing, as a springboard to success in National Hunt racing, I appreciate that this will be a step up for me and I am relishing the opportunity to produce the next generation of Barber winners!