Uploaded : 17 Mar 08

The first foals have arrived safely. The first was a filly foal by Pursuit Of Love out of a visiting flatbred mare. She is now to be 'walked in' to Imperial Dancer. Eve's Wish, my Dallas mare, has a beautiful bay colt foal by Prince Of Darkness which is a full brother to multi County Show Champion Eve'n More. Two more mares are now over due and there are three due over the Easter weekend. Our young eventer Langaller Bisto, a coloured colt by Lostock Huntsman out of the TB mare Red Rhapsody, had his first run of 2008 at Aldon last Friday and had a fantastic double clear. He has come on so much over the winter that he will probably have one more PN next week, weather permitting before upgrading to Novice. Red Rhapsody is due to our Connemara shortly, hopefully that should make a super teenagers event type. She will probably bbe covered by Catherston Liberator this time now that she has proven her breeding abilities.
We took Sandy's Light to Talls Trees stallion parade along with Leo { Huntsman} and Liberator. He was so well behaved and generated a lot of interest, just confirming my expectations of him. Terry Boon rode the other boys. He hunted Leo the previous Wednesday and so has now ridden both father and son. Leo is such a good mover it was great to watch Terry ride him, both on the flat and then over a fence. Libs of course looked and went amazingly, he is such a superstar. Out next parade will be at Powderham horse trials. Libs also has been invited to parade at Badminton on the Friday afternoon. Weld is picking up so many winners now that the point to point season is well under way, hardly a meeting goes by without him being responsible for at least 1 winner. We all await The National with trepidation, fingers crossed for Captain Corelli.
As with every year March and early April is completely manic as our hunting season runs until the middle of April, the coverings and foalings are in full swing and the youngstock for show production are here. This year being so wet has compounded the work load even further as we are still unable to turn anything out but I am sure that spring is just around the corner!