Last week we said goodbye to Stacie and Hannah. They are both moving on to new adventures and even though we are very sad to see them go, we wish them every luck in the future.
Rhonehurst has been teeming with activity and over the past few weeks we have been working hard to get it ready for the imminent arrivals. The stables have been pressure washed and repainted with sterilisation paint for the horses in training to move straight in to. The wooden boxes that have been here for quite a while needed updating, so we have had roofers in giving them a brand new roof to let in plenty of light.
Jim has got his heart set on a state of the art yard so we have many new exciting additions to it which include a water walk for the horses when they come back from the gallop to cool their legs and joints down to aid with recovery and prevent injuries. We are also building a brand new outdoor arena which will be used before every lot so that Warren can see horses trotting and how they are moving before they gallop. It will also be a fantastic tool for schooling enabling us to teach horses jumping and dressage right by the yard.
We are also in the process of building 16 new outdoor stables where horses can roam in and out of cover into all weather paddocks, which will be brilliant for horses with respiratory issues by allowing them to get as much fresh air as possible.
We are also adding another horse walker, giving the yard two walkers and enabling all the horses to get sufficient time on them in the day.
Lastly, we will have an equine spa centre with a swimming pool, saltwater equine spa, salt chamber room and stable with a vibrating floor. This area will be essential to keeping horse’s injuries down and as well as recovery from injuries.
We are tremendously excited to be where we are and very much look forward to having everything finished, ready to welcome the horses back to training.
The 12th to 19th of September is National Racehorse Week, so we are organising an Open day on Saturday the 18th. This will be an opportunity for anyone to come and have a look at the yard, the facilities and meet the horses and staff. Please feel free to come along and see what goes on at Rhonehurst, please visit nationalracehorseweek.uk to book.
National Racehorse Week is a nationwide annual celebration of the racehorse and a chance to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after them.
Born out of an idea in 2019 by trainer Richard Phillips to create a single event that could be hosted by the racing industry, National Racehorse Week is celebration of the animals who power racing and provide entertainment for millions, whilst also providing the public and policymakers with insight into the dedicated care that they receive.
In an experience like no other, racing training yards up and down the country will be opening their doors on 12th September to show the public the fantastic lives that these magnificent animals lead.
Register your interest at nationalracehorseweek.uk for your chance to meet the trainers, the team and, most importantly, the horses.
Saturday saw us say our last goodbyes to Michael in a beautiful funeral service put together by his family. There was a huge turnout showing how much Michael was loved everyone who met him. We will miss him terribly but remember him dearly as the talented young rider and cheeky chappy he was.