After feeding ponies & lambs, moving Eppynt Superstar to a fresh field it was time for a few hours gardening, first of all emptied Dumper and loaded up some lovely stone tiles, I have fresh ideas in my head cant think why I had not thought of it before, stood the tiles on end around an area outside of the bungalow, already plants there but not very deep soil, planted a mixture of grasses & alpines, some weeding and tidying, fed lambs at 12.30pm and then enjoyed a ribeye steak with onion gravy and vegitables, very rarely have red meat but today was a treat, some strawberry yoghurt icecream and back to gardening, in the back of my mind I know that I have six stables to clean out ready for tomorrow
Great inroads on weeding today, the plants reappearing from the weeds, it has been a lovely day here. This morning visited the nature reserve at the Golf Course at Castle Combe, my two young champions Honey Rhyme and Miss Sunshine are flourishing on the interesting herbs and grasses could take them straight out of the fields and show them.
Looking forward to tomorrow, I am attending the Performance show in Abergavenny to award the prizes, hope the weather holds good.
FORLAN HONEY DAZZLER
FORLAN HONEY FLORENTINO
Does that happen very rarely, had to take my Renault Master horsebox up for a door fitting, the traffic was diabolical pleased to return home. All of the stallions and mares settling down. Great opportunity to continue gardening, just had a thunderstorm and now it has brightened up, perhaps more gardening.
During the night oh boy did I have cramp, today Forlan Honey Wizard out with Forlan Cha Cha, general tidying up and checking all mares & stallions, a more leisurely day, lambs now down to 3 bottle feeds a day, eating course mix so will wean any time. Some gardening time. everything coming together as more busy times ahead for the WPCS.
Brought in six stallions, much excitement, some knew they would be going out with their mares. First Humdingers mares taken across the top meadow down over the hill to the lower meadow with the help of Mary, back and caught up Forlan Humdinger sent Mary ahead of me to be ready to open the gate as I knew that when I reached the top of the hill Humdinger would be able to see his mares below, released him and away at a great speed down to join them, he was happy one mare very receptive. Eppynt Superstars mares into a field and Superstar led out, again a very receptive mare.
Mares already in Forlan Masterminds field, released him from the yard and he raced up the avenue to join them no luck for him today.
Mares into Billy Elliot field, he was released and joined them, a little flirting taking place, and mares can be such a tease.
When I mention fields the stallions are always turned out in the same covering fields each year.
Two stallions remain in the stables tonight, would have liked to have leased Forlan Honey Wizard as he is very close breeding all of my mares except one. In limbo with Honey Sprite he may have to wait another year.
I have Forlan Tiggy still to foal; Bron-Y-Coed Charm may be in foal.
The rest of the daily work completed. Busy but it’s a way of life that I love.
Ponies brought in as the farrier arrived, four mares very obliging, trimmed hooves, wormed, tidied manes & tails and foals wormed but one sensed something different so her hooves not trimmed until I can lure her out of the field, two expectant mares trimmed in their field. Tomorrow Forlan Billy Elliot, Forlan Mastermind, Forlan Humdinger & Eppynt Superstar will be out with their mares. Managed some gardening.
General book-keeping, when I was 17 I trained as a bookkeeper, also typing and shorthand so like to keep accounts in order. Managed some gardening and grass cutting. So an easy day.
Devon County was dry and temperature comfortable, I had lovely ponies to judge some were not ready on that day but given time would shine. My champion was a very well put together stallion, loved his substance, he was returning today for The Cuddy and wow he won, so I will see him at HOYS. I am normally very positive but treaking all across the showground to reach my ring at 6.30am carrying mackintosh, bag, & boots was a step to far, partway across the showground begged a lift from a steward who had a Gator and arrived at the horse stewards. Well looked after and in the ring on time at 8am. Met up with Margaret Sperrin from Australia and wended our way back to Forlan, all well at home so was abled to relax, Margaret was able to look at some of the ponies before a meal. Saturday looked at the rest of the ponies and made our way over to Freshford not that far, as I drove down into the village I had a flashback of when I was four years old, there was a Cottage Maternity Hospital in the village which was where two of my sisters were born, it is now marked with a plaque, it closed in 1950. Met Margarets relatives and after lunch and a chat said goodbye and returned home, thank goodness I was not judging today it was so wet. All finished, the fields filled with competitors for the Morocross tomorrow
Up at 7am, loaded two ponies and over to the golf course Miss Sunshine & Honey Rhyme are delighted with there grazing. Moving ponies around another mare kicked out the one I was holding panicked and I ended up on the ground, all okay only a little shocked. Some of the mares have sore nostrils due to photosensitivity so treated with sun burn ointment, they were not impressed. Making lists for Molly who feeds the ponies dogs & lambs, housework completed, looking forward to judging Devon County, classes start at 8am and hope the sun shines as it is today, I am calling in to see Chris & Terry Taylor Christae Stud who I have not seen for many months on my way down to Exeter.
All stables cleaned out. A crawler and tractor arrived with Burt & Graham to carry out work on roof of covered yard and to put in gate posts. Collected Postcreate and gate hangings.Visited Golf Course to see that all was ready to move ponies to the Nature Reserve in the middle of the course. Very pleased with the foals even though it is a colt year 8 colts 2 fillies, grass growing at a great rate, preparation ahead of judging at Devon County on Friday, last time I judged many years ago, it rained all day.