An incredibly busy week here at Fern Farm. On Saturday we welcomed a great crowd to our Open Day.
After a week of rain the weather was very kind and the horses all behaved beautifully. It was brilliant to have Will Biddick and Will Thirlby here to school the horses on the day and we look forward to their involvement this season. It was lovely for us to see old friends and new faces, after several weeks of hard work and we had lots of positive feedback which makes it all worthwhile. We were also pleased to raise over £320 for The Injured Jockeys Fund from our raffle. On Monday morning there were a few happy horses playing up and rolling in the mud, delighted to be out after a couple of days being on best behaviour, putting on a show for the visitors and looking their smartest. You can see a little video of a couple of naughty chaps on Facebook here.
Sunday saw the gorgeous Pacify, whom we were lucky enough to have holidaying and pre-training with us last winter, storm to his fifth hurdle race victory in a listed race at Kempton. It so rewarding for us to see our Fern Farm residents do so well, huge congratulations to his connections and we are excited to see where he goes next.
October is always a month that sees a change of gear within the yard, with the horses all clipped, the pointers stepping up with several having done their first pieces of work and schooling is well under way. It is now only 4 weeks to go until the beginning of the season and it is possible Reality Bites and Man in the Moon will be ready for the first meeting on November the 17th if all goes according to plan.