Having had a quiet summer with one thing and another Autumn arrived and the stables seemed to suddenly fill up with lots of horses to jump and others to get fit and up and running for a spring tour. This means lots of hard work but it helps to have the Head Nutritionist from Saracen Horse Feeds on hand to make sure the horses are getting everything they need feed wise. On the fitness side of things, we’re really lucky that we have all-weather gallops so this helps a lot and I have been making up lots of exercises to do with the horses.
We have been training at Wix Equestrain Centre which has a great indoor surface and even went to a show there. The horses jumped great and felt well with lots of Double Clears and a win in the big class for Smirnov!
There have been some new arrivals in the stables, one of them being Cadenza aka Titch...he is a 17.3 7yr old grey stallion by Casall owned by Emily Sowden and I have high hopes for him next year. I also have in a lovely 5yr old chestnut stallion called Cantona II who is also by Casall and owned by John Howard and myself and a 4yr old bay gelding by Big Star Jr owned by Marcus Craggs, both are showing a lot of promise!
As I look round the yard I am very excited for next year with some great horses both old and young. My plan is to head off to Vilamoura in Portugal for 4 weeks in the middle of February with 6 horses to get them up and running for the rest of the season. These tours are hard work and expensive so as always it's a big thank you to my owners and fantastic sponsors Saracen Horse Feeds and my hard working staff.
For me Christmas is a great time of year and I love everything about it. I will be heading down to Olympia which to me always spells the start of the magic! We are spending Christmas here in Bury St Edmonds with the horses and friends. I hope Santa brings everybody what they have asked for and that you all have a fantastic time. The horses have asked Santa for lots more Saracen Horse Feeds please and if they’re extra good maybe even some carrots on Xmas Day! Merry Christmas to everybody, Philip Spivey