We are a family run yard situated on the edge of Dartmoor, near Buckfastleigh, S. Devon.
Our philosophy to training is simple: get them fit and well schooled and educate the young horses well so they can reach their full potential, pay attention to detail with each horse’s care and training, be flexible and realistic!
6th May 2017, it was a showery day at Flete, for a change, but we started the day of with great hope of a good day.
Robin Longstride, ‘Needle’, was our first runner followed by Archie Rice, Burning Desire and Hurrican Ridge.
Thanks for the company, it was a good day! All safe and happy horses!
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We have lots of entries this weekend.
On Saturday, 15th April, B’ is at Little Windsor for Jack. We run Ice Konig at Newton Abbot, summer must be coming!
On Monday, 17th April, we head down to Trebudannon where Findusatgorcombe makes his re-appearance with his first run of the season and TheHill Ofthe Rock and Robin Longstride are both in the older horse maiden. Archie Rice, one of the yard’s old characters, is entered in the Ladies.
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Friday at the Festival was amazing. We arrived feeling quite calm and excited. I remember going to the races with Jim, on the “big days” you tend to talk about anything neutral – the weather, that lady’s hat or the new grand-stand! – anything but broaching the subject of what if… Bryony was really calm. Jim, Hadden and B’ went off to walk the course together and then she went into the weighing room ready to wait. The pressure was building up for us but luckily we bump into lots of people to talk to. It was fantastic to watch Bryony ride out of the paddock, I was so proud and crossed my fingers for a good ride. This was the signal for me to take up my normal routine of box walking at the back of the stand?
The race seemed to go by so quickly and in no time they were turning for home, by this time I had come out of hiding and got to the paddock in front of the big screen. There were several people I knew so it was very exciting. The very useful shouting started, I’m sure it helps. I find jumping up and down also invaluable and consider many of the family’s wins are solely down to how loud and how many star jumps I’ve performed during the run in!!! And then she’s done it!!!!!!!!!! The tears flow and a very small lady picks me up and she starts jumping up and down. I didn’t know her but was happy to join in, she later asked who I was and when I blabbed “that is my daughter” pointing to the big screen we were off again… Friendly bunch at Cheltenham!
I stayed at the entrance of the paddock to cheer Bryony in. It was so amazing, I know jockeys always hope these big wins may happen but I think they never dare to dream too hard. Ever since B’ was riding show ponies at 4 years old she has always wanted to know if she rode well and there is always in depth analysis to correct mistakes or improve her riding. I know I’m a bit biased but I think she did a great job!
Preview for this coming weekend, 18th and 19th March 2017 – Click here to read the full preview.
Review Black Forest Lodge, 5th March 2017 – Click here to read the full review.
Preview Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 5 March 2017 – Click here to read the full preview.
Black Forest Lodge – Nikki’s review
Sunday, 22nd of January, a bright, crisp day at Black Forest Lodge – the course is a little oasis and survived the harsh frost that saw all other meetings abandoned.
We had 3 runners, and started the day off with Railway Storm, our dear “older” campaigner. He was very pleased to be back on the racecourse. He ran a super race and we were very happy with his run. He will certainly be back in the winners enclosure again very shortly.
Next, we had Bogoss Du Perret in the maiden. This looked like a very competitive division. We were hopeful of a good run. Bogoss was very well and is growing up fast, he didn’t let us down. He ran a fantastic race, only loosing concentration briefly but soon breezed up to join the leaders. Bryony nipped up the inside on the home run, got a super jump over the last and went away to win, hands and heels! We are so pleased for Joan Berry, she will surely have many happy day with Bogoss.
Our last runner was Hill Of The Rock, I think this was a day to forget for him. He was very un-settled and poor Chris Unwin must of walked miles around and around the lorry park with him. B’ pulled him up and we will try again at Chipley Park next Sunday, hopefully he will settle. We won’t know until we try.
Welcome, so here we are again at the start of the 2016-2017 season!
An exciting time – full of hope and expectation looking forward to wet muddy weekends, some winners along the way, great picnics and lots of fun!
My aim, as always is to have the horses fit, prepared, schooled and ready to do their best. This season, I have some young horses who will have a season pointing to learn their ‘craft’ and hopefully they will gain invaluable experience and graduate to National Hunt. I also have several older horses, which should be great fun.
Our jockeys this season will be the same – Bryony, Josh Newman, Ben Robarts and Hugo Hunt.
BOGOSS DU PERRET (FR)
Malinas (GER) – Lady Paques (Lights Out (FR))
Owner: Mrs. J. Berry
‘Bogoss’ had several runs under rules. He is a big athletic type and Jim felt he would benefit from a season pointing. I’m thrilled, he should be a fantastic fun and I really hope he will give Mrs. Berry many happy times. He will be ready early season.
LAVENDER’S LAD (IRE)
Tamure – Lavender Dancer
Owner: Mrs. J. Berry
‘Roly’ ran 3 times last season showing great promise, but given his age and needing to ‘fill out’ Mrs. Berry agreed another season pointing would be beneficial, a chaser in the making.
An old favourite; he ran some super races last season ridden by Ben Robarts. Originally bought by Bryony in Ireland, after she rode him in the England/Ireland challenge he proved to be a consistent horse and will be ready in the New Year.
I am looking forward to see ‘Harry’ run. I think he will enjoy pointing, he is a kind horse. He has had a few niggles, but he is well and happy and should be out in the New Year.
Morpeth – Definite Lynn (IRE)
‘Needle’ has grown again this summer. He is a fine looking horse, his runs last season were promising, but in hind-sight we were mistaken to run him in the bumper. I look forward to this season with him; he can use the experience he gained last season to progress starting as a maiden.
‘Storm’ is a thoroughly consistent horse who has done us proud and given his owners some fantastic days. He was sent to run this summer locally, but minor mishaps and weather contrived against us and so he will enjoy some pointing. He will be exciting, I would love to Hunter Chase him, but Jim may steal him back.
‘Knee’ had 1 run last season. He is a bonny little horse, jumps well and what he lacks in height he makes up for enthusiasm. Josh rode him last season and includes his fall as his biggest regret as he believes he could have won that day. I hope he will progress and get another chance. He will be ready in the New Year.
THEHILL ONTHE ROCK
He has recently arrived and settled in well. He is a lovely horse and an exciting prospect. My aim with him is to have a few runs and switch to ‘rules’. I am sure his owner will be enthusiastic and many jolly days will be on the cards!
Owner: Mrs. G. Robarts and Mrs. N. Frost
Ted was in training last season, but his owners felt he was small and mentally backward. He has summered well and has grown. He has enjoyed chasing the dogs up the long meadow every day when being checked! He will be exciting. He jumps well and enjoys training. He should be great fun for Ben this season.
Owner: The Meadon Family
He was with us last season; he is a lovely looking horse, has a good work ethic and shows great potential. I am really looking forward to see him progress. I am sure he has a great future for his owners to enjoy.
‘Tune’ ran a few times under ‘rules’. Her last couple of runs were disappointing and so she was given the summer to have a good break. She looks well and seems happy. She is not the biggest, but she is a good jumper and has proved she has the ability. I hope she will give us some fun and success.
So, above are some of the Team 2016/17.
All I ever ask is the horses run to their individual ability. I will get them to the day ready and fit. The jockeys will ride them well and give them every opportunity to achieve their best. Owners and friends will come to the lorry to enjoy the picnic, meet the horses and see behind the scenes.
Good luck. Have fun and many winners!