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A Rant About The State Of Racing

So I have already done my blog for this week/month this morning but for some time I have been wanting to write about the state of racing and my thoughts a views - for what they are worth - as a small trainer with average horses and the effects of low prize money and staff shortages and the real reason we are in crisis. About a year ago I was contacted by a lady from a market research company who had been hired by the BHA (at a vast cost I would imagine) to conduct a survey amongst trainers with regards to the staffing crisis in racing. Some of the questions ranged from "how many staff do you employ" to "where do you advertise for staff" with various other inane ones like, "how many do you n

A Busy Open Day

We were skiing last week with friends and had a wonderful time, we went to Serre Chevalier again, more specifically Monetier Les Bain and it never fails to deliver. The sun shone everyday and we were so warm, there were days we skied with no jackets on, the snow was brilliant up the top and even though it got slushy in the afternoons we managed to ski until 4pm some days. The only low point for me was getting Salmonella, probably on the Friday but it only made its presence known first thing on the Saturday before flying back. joy. To say that this week has been trying is probably an understatement, there was a trip to A&E on Monday and a drip of fluids needed, followed by me discharging my

Time Flies

Its Thursday morning at 7 oclock and I already been out in the yard, feeding, mucking out and getting the day's jobs written down for the girls. The sun is shining and everything is greening up yet still cold, a reminder that the winter is still hanging on, reluctant to make way for the spring. However the one thing that is not happening is its not raining! Hence we took Mr F to Kelso to run on Monday, big mistake on my part and a massive learning curve. Mr F is the kindest, sweetest, most laid back horse to have around, he has his playful moments but nothing is a problem for him. So I would have imagined that he had the perfect temperament to travel a long journey, stay in a strange sta

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