So I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while, more for myself than anything. As a way to track my weekly goings on with my life and my horses and I’ve had an interesting start to my week so I thought now would be as good a time as any to start.
On Sunday I was due to take Grumeti out show jumping at our favourite local venue, Hargate Equestrian.
Frustratingly as I was getting him ready and brushed off I noticed he had taken a big kick to his hock and was very swollen and sore. So the sick note has had a quiet few days of rest and recuperation.
So off I headed down to Stratford-upon-Avon to stay in the beautiful Indigo hotel (if you ever need somewhere to stay in the area, I really recommend it) so I could go for a yard visit to Olly Murphy racing on Monday morning, which was kindly organised for me by Grumeti’s racing owners, The McNeill family.
Monday was great. Olly’s operation is lovely, light airy stables, happy horses, big shavings beds and a really lovely atmosphere between the team who obviously work very hard to ensure the horses are at their best.
It was really interesting to see the horses, team and standard of care that goes into Olly’s success rate. The horses are thoroughly washed and cooled off after their work and all look in great, athletic condition.
You often hear exracehorse owners suggesting that horses in training aren’t given a good standard of care and are just treated as a pay cheque and a number. Well believe me, they’d be singing a different tune after a trip to Olly’s.
On a personal note it was lovely to meet the McNeill family horses that Olly has in training.
With having Grumeti I obviously have a soft spot for a McNeill horse and love to see their colours coming out in front. On meeting the horses I absolutely fell for ‘The Butcher Said’ and their currently unraced ‘Restandbethankful’, so hopefully the insane McNeill x Murphy x Heskin strike rate will continue.
The McNeills put so much time and money into the sport and for them racing is a true passion. Having known them for a few years now and the love, kindness and warmth they have shown to me and their care towards Grumeti in his retirement, really makes me root for their success in and out of racing.
So thank you to Olly and his team for making me feel so welcome and congrats on another great win with Grey Spirit today. I look forward to visiting again in future.
For now I’m going to sign off and go dry my horses off ready for their vet visit. So a short and sweet blog for a first time. But when you’ve had a gorgeous Monday morning like this, what else is there to say?
Hope everyone is having a wonderful (albeit very wet) Wednesday.
Thanks for reading.