Over the winter, we are going to include pieces in the blog on those people outside the yard who help us keep the horses in prime condition and we are start ing with Brad Fisher, our farrier.
This is the fourth season that Brad has been working with us and the first winner he shod was Civil Unrest. His current favourite in the yard is Juge Et Parti – so no surprise there!
Brad comes from a Cumbrian show jumping background and has ridden in the UK, Ireland and Germany where he worked for the renowned former show jumper Paul Schockemöhle, but he always wanted to shoe horses. He was involved with National Hunt horses throughout his apprenticeship and currently looks after two NH yards as well as show jumping and event yards. He is proud to have shod runners in the Grand National, at Cheltenham and also the Horse of the Year Show.
Brad is now enjoying his increasing involvement with remedial shoeing. On a weekly basis, he works alongside Master Farrier Richard Cain who specialises in dynamic foot balance and is part of the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group. Brad is also part of the monthly referral and remedial clinic at that practice.
Hold Onto The Line has particular cause to be grateful to Brad! Harry has very sensitive feet and after a brilliant start to last season, he was never really comfortable after that and obviously this affected his subsequent runs and made him very footsore when being ridden on rough surfaces at home. This season, with the help of specially designed shoes he is much happier and we very much hope that this will continue. An example of Brad’s dedication was when he came to shoe Harry at 8.00 p.m. after his race at Ayr last month to take off his racing plates and replace his more comfortable everyday shoes. We are lucky to have such a skilled and committed farrier.
Brad replacing Harry's shoes at 8.00 p.m. after his race at Ayr
We are now putting together shares in the three-year-old Wings of Eagles gelding with the opportunity to name him. He is currently on the website as Unnamed.
We ran a competition to name Belle – our three-year-old grey filly and out of 200 entries the name Cloudsareclearing was chosen. The Dam is by Cloudings who has been such a successful NH Sire.
Racing Round Up
At Hexham on Wednesday 22nd November, we had two runners on heavy going.
Beat Box with Ed Austin ran a brilliant race in the 2-mile Handicap Hurdle coming second and the front two were well ahead of the rest of the field. This was a first ever lead up for Leah and she won BTO – no wonder she was beaming! We were pleased to see that Ed had a winner at Carlisle on Sunday.
Leah with the best turned out Beat Box in the paddock at Hexham
It was so good to see Juge Et Parti enjoying himself in the 2-mile 4-furlong Handicap Hurdle. Ridden by Danny Mcmenamin he stayed on really strongly at the end and was only beaten into second place by 1 ¾ lengths.
This was also Jack’s first raceday where he had to brave a wild and windy day.
Briony and Jack at Hexham
James, Juge and Leah looking happy before his race at Hexham
Juge and Leah after his race at Hexham
Wetherby was next exactly one week later and Escapeandevade was in the Peter Beaumont Handicap Chase which was the feature race of the day. He was much more settled in the paddock and Danny McMenamin had him in a lovely rhythm and leading for most of the race, his jumping was very impressive. He became tired towards the end but will strip much fitter next time.
On Thursday 30th November, The Blame Game went to Musselburgh and won BTO for Paul. He was pulled up by Brian Hughes as he thought something was amiss. However, luckily he seemed fine the following day.
A big disappointment followed on Friday 1st December with four runners on their way to Musselburgh when the meeting was cancelled and poor Sara and Paul had already arrived at Doncaster only to find that meeting was abandoned as well.
The weather is due to warm up this coming week and we have entries at Sedgefield and Wetherby.
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