Rachael Honeyball, wife and assistant trainer to her husband Anthony, muses on life at Potwell Farm where a vacancy has arisen for an amateur rider.
The weather has been so hot but we’re not complaining. We’ve adjusted the routine slightly so that the horses are ridden earlier to avoid the heat but other than that we’re really enjoying this bout of Mediterranean weather.
Harry and I have been to Lyme Regis today for a paddle and we’ve been watching Royal Ascot on the telly!
We’re so pleased to have Rouquin Sauvage back here on maternity leave. She’s in foal to Black Sam Bellamy and being such a solid strong mare, we’re really excited about her offspring.
My friend did a colour analysis and there’s a 60 per cent her offspring will be a bay, 20 per cent a chestnut, 9 a black and 1 per cent who knows!
We’ve recently bought a two-year-old Midnight Legend mare from Ascot Sales bred by the Dutfields. She’s a cracking animal with a lot of quality about her. She’s quietly being backed now, then we’ll ride her away before she’s turned.
Black Sam Prince finished third at Salisbury on Sunday, which was a fantastic performance as he’s a big horse and he’s taken a while to get the hang of it.
He jumped out well, took a while to get into his stride and then galloped home strongly. The plan is to over two miles 0-65 at Beverly. Horace Hazel has been entered in a seller Hexham. We’re really enjoying this quieter time but very soon we’ll start bringing the horses in from their summer holidays in readiness for the 2017-2018 season.
We’re also on the look out for an amateur rider to join the team with the chance of riding the wonderful chaser As De Fer in point-to-points to really give them a chance to learn about race riding on a very decent horse.
If you know of anyone please do spread the word and ask them to call Lucy in the office on 01308 867 452.