Completing the move from Seaborough
We enjoyed a champagne moment on Monday evening when we used our new all-weather gallop for the first time. It came as our team finally completed their move from our previous base at Seaborough to our freshly built modern training facility at Higher Crockermoor a few miles away in West Dorset.
First up the 900 metre gallop was Rock On Ruby ridden by my wife Ciara accompanied by Opening Batsman partnered by my sister Rosie. Both riders were full of praise for the quality and texture of the Geltrack surface supplied by Martin Collins.
The sight of both horses floating over the surface offered the perfect excuse to open a bottle of champagne at the top of the gallop to celebrate our new venture that has been long in the planning.
When work is completed by Mansbridge Construction next week on the final of three barns, we will have 80 boxes for the new jumps season. We are also currently putting in an oval, 400 metre deep sand canter, which will play an important part in our training routine.
We have ten horses in work at the moment, most of them for summer jumping which resumes on July 1, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, they all breezed nicely twice up our new gallop which rises 200 feet from the bottom.
It is so exciting for Ciara and I to see things coming together at last. We have been flat out during the current lockdown and are eagerly looking forward to showing owners and visitors round the new facilities. Meanwhile we are still busy putting the finishing touches to the office and tack room.
Early in July, the horses that have been on holiday and out to grass for the first part of the summer will start to return into training. Then Ciara and I can mothball our builder’s hats and can get back to the more familiar business of preparing the team for a busy winter campaign.
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