So, here we are at the start of the Jumps Season and Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) is now back in full training with Jamie Snowden at Folly House, Lambourn.  We watched her schooling a couple of weeks ago and eagerly look forward to her first outing.Naranja schooling-21 Sept 2017-2 Naranja schooling-21 Sept 2017

Our Filly, Ballymilan (Milan x Ballyhoo), has recently come back home from her time at ‘Prep School’ with Roger and Christine Wernham and  L & B Equine Services where she was backed and ridden away. She will now have a break while we decide on the next phase of her education.

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The end of September was the time to have the mares scanned to confirm they were definitely in-foal.  Happily, all 3 mares were.

Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) – in foal to Kayf Tara

Louise - Sept 2017-crop


Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) – in foal to Mount Nelson

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And our boarding Mare Centoria (Generous x Cent Prime) – in foal to Sholokhov

Centoria-Sept 2017

Time to say ‘goodbye’ to our two foals, Freddie (Yeats x Ballyhoo) and Buzz (Telescope x Lecon Benefique) as they left us to travel to Ballincurrig House Stud for their pre-sales preparation for the Tattersalls November NH Sales.

The boys - September 2017

Thanks to the men from Ballinroe Horse Transport who did a sterling job getting the 2 foals loaded up and to their destination safe and happy.

Ballinroe lorry

Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) accompanied our 2 year old homebred
filly Ballymilan (Milan x Ballyhoo) on her first trip away from home. They went to Roger and Christine Wernham's yard in Wantage; pre-training for Naranja and 'prep-school' for Ballymilan as she needed some time away from home to grow up.

Snip - April 17th 2017


Naranja is now back with trainer Jamie Snowden and was one of the horses-in-training shown at the Owner's Day Parade at Folly House, Lambourn on Sunday 3rd September. We are looking forward to a good season with her.

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Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater) has been backed and ridden away at Denis Leahy's and is now on a short break.  She will be brought back into work soon,  when decisions will be made about the route she will be taking next.

Rosie at Denis Leahy's - Aug 2017


Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre) is back in pre-training with Denis Leahy after a Summer break.  She is now being prepared for the next step in her career.  All fingers crossed for a good first season with her.

Polly at Ballincurrig -2 - Aug 2017 (2)


The yearlings are enjoying the last of the summer sun (?) and the good grass and are growing on really well.  Two fillies (by Shirocco and Califet) and the Midnight Legend gelding looking over the field gate for treats !

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It is now weaning time for our 2 foals, followed by one month of pre-prep before they head off to Ballincurrig House Stud for their final preparation before Tattersalls November National Hunt Sales.

Buzz - Colt foal (Telescope x Lecon Benefique) - b. 31st March 2017

Buzz-Sept 4th 2017

Freddie - Colt foal (Yeats x Ballyhoo) - b. 13th April 2017

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*With thanks again to Becky Bailey and Jessica Joubert for some of the photos used



We have had a busy couple of months.   Two of the fillies purchased from Tatts. Ireland November National Hunt Sale came home in May and have settled into the routine very well.DSC_1154

The Chestnut filly is by Shirocco x Liss Na Siog (Old Vic) and the dark brown filly is by Califet x Ebony Palm (Great Palm).  We are looking forward to great things with these fillies.


Naranja is enjoying a well earned break, happily living out with Snip, Bugsy and the two yearling fillies.


Lecon Benefique visited Kayf Tara following the arrival of her  Telescope colt earlier this year.  She is now home and scanned in foal.  Fingers crossed for a safe delivery in April 2018.


Our boarding mare, Centoria, went over the water to visit Sholokhov and is now back home, scanned in foal for a March delivery.


Our Yeats colt, Freddie, is growing on well.  He is now 10 weeks old and looks like he is going to be a big lad!


Freddie is happy to have his field playmate, Buzz (by Telescope), back home.  Buzz here tucking into his favorite field lick.


And finally, we have a grey filly!  After a long while searching for a Martaline filly (in our price range), we found her at the Goffs Land Rover Sale in June.  She was foaled in January 2014 out of a Winged Love mare named Rosewater (GER),  she has gone into pre-training with Denis Leahy.  So, fingers crossed.

Martaline filly- 1a - 2017



* With thanks to Jessica Joubert for most of these photos *


On April 13th BALLYHOO (Supreme Leader x Ballyhouraprincess) gave birth to a lovely colt foal , by YEATS.  He is a big, strong colt and we couldn't be happier now we have 2 healthy boys on the ground.

Freddie-May 5th 2017

Freddie chillin'-May 5th 2017

KASSIS has joined the Broodmare Band after her retirement from racing and left for Ireland mid April; we look forward to a successful covering and to getting her home safely in foal.

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Our Telescope colt foal continues to thrive and is happy to have a playmate in the field!

Buzz-May 2017-3

The boys-May 2017-2

We collected NARANJA from Jamie Snowdon's Folly House Yard this week for her well earned Summer break.  She is happy to be back home!

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And finally, our Rottie puppy is growing fast, doing some serious guard dog work!

Zeus-May 2017-1

With thanks to Jessica Joubert and Becky Bailey for these lovely photographs.

On 5th March, KASSIS travelled to Huntingdon for the 'Lady Protectress Mares' Chase' (Listed Race).  A Class 1 race for 5yo+ over 2m4f and 16 fences; Going Soft.  Kassis ran a good race, with Nick Scholfield in the saddle, to finish 4th in her 3rd Listed Race, behind Antartica De Thaix.
Kassis-Huntingdon-March 5th 2017-1 (2) On 25th March KASSIS went to Bangor-on-Dee, with Harry Cobden on board this time, for the 'Broxton Gate Mares' Handicap Chase'.  A Class 3 for 5yo+ over 3m and 18 fences; Going Good to Soft.

This was her first time over this distance;  she made a mistake at the first which unsettled her but she stayed on gamely, not really enjoying the run, and she finished 5th to Conquer Gold.

So, after much deliberation and discussion we decided to retire Kassis from racing and on 6th April we collected her from Jamie Snowdon's yard in Lambourn and she will soon be off to stud.

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Kassis - Happy to be home !

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On 4th March NARANJA went to Doncaster for the 'BetBright Mares Novices Hurdle' (Listed Race), under Nick ScholfieldA Class 1 race for 4yo+ over 3m84yds and 11 hurdles; Going Soft.


Racing Post comment: "Chased leader to 2nd, remained handy until ridden and weakened after 8th".
Naranja has since had a small wind op and is now back in work.

On March 31st LECON BENEFIQUE (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) gave birth to her second foal, a beautiful dk. br. colt by TELESCOPE (Galileo x Velouette).  He is a big, strong and fiesty young man and we are delighted with him.

Louise and Buzz-a few hours old

Louise and Buzz-2 days old

Buzz-4 days

We are now eagerly awaiting our second foal (by Yeats), due soon, from our senior broodmare BALLYHOO (Supreme Leader x Ballyhouraprincess).



Our 3 yo filly, TOODLEPIP (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre), has returned to Ballincurrig House Stud from Denis Leahy's for a well earned couple of months holiday.



And finally, the newest members to join us are Shaun the Sheep and 4 baby chicksShaun is an orphan lamb who is being bottle fed by Jess and accompanies her around the yard, helping out keeping the grass nice and tidy!

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Shaun and chicks

On 10th January 2017 - NARANJA went to Lingfield Park for the “Call Star Sports Mares’ Novices Hurdle”, her first outing over hurdles partnered by Nick Scholfield.  This was a 2 mile race for 4yo+, over 8 hurdles in Heavy going.

She finished a very creditable 3rd just 3 lengths behind The Nipper and 24 lengths in front of the only other finisher out of 6 starters;  she has still never been out of the frame in all of her starts!!

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Racing Post comment:
"Naranja showed fair form in bumpers and she made a pleasing hurdles debut. Better ground will help and she can win something similar."


KASSIS travelled to Leicester on 24th January 2017 and stepped up in class for the “Charnwood Forest Mares’ Chase (Listed Race)” – a Class 1, Listed race for 5yo+, over a distance of 2m 6fl 51yds with 18 fences in Good to Soft going, again with Nick Scholfield on board.

Desert Queen set quite a pace from the off, Kassis made a bit of a mistake at the 12th and stayed on well to get 4th place, just missing out on that black type!

Kassis Parade Ring

Racing Post comment:
Kassis ran way better than she was entitled to with a rating of just 107.”


Our Robin Des Champs filly, Toodlepip, is progressing well in pre-training with Denis Leahy in Ireland.  She has been tried over the schooling hurdles and has taken to that with great enthusiasm!

Polly at Denis's schooling track-Jan 17

She will soon be having a well earned break, turned out for the Summer back at Ballincurrig House Stud with Michael Moore and his great team.


Our Milan filly, Ballymilan, is  being brought on slowly by Amanda and Jess.  She has had a saddle and bridle on and been led around with no objections at all.  She has taken to loading like a pro and now almost puts herself into the lorry !

Snip starts her training-Jan 2017

We will make a decision about her future later in the year.

And finally, I would like to introduce the newest member of the family - Zeus, our Rottweiler puppy, now 14 weeks old and full of fun and mischief!!

Zeus with foot mallet



As we enter a New Year we are looking forward to the safe delivery of our 2 foals in February and March. All being well, Lecon Benefique will visit Kayf Tara and Ballyhoo will visit Black Sam Bellamy after foaling this time.
Our boarding mare, Centoria, will be travelling to Ireland mid-February to visit Sholokhov; she will board at Ballincurrig House Stud, Co. Cork to be walked in.

On 11th December 2016 Naranja went to Carlisle for the "Racing UK Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race" where she took 2nd place out of 14 runners, ridden by Nick Scholfield.  She has been in the frame in all of her 3 races!


Quote from Racing Post:
"Naranja ran another sound race, making it 3 fine runs in bumpers.  She has the stamina to make a hurdler."

On 29th December 2016, Kassis went to Doncaster for the "Thoroughbred Breeders Handicap Hurdle" with Nick Scholfield on board, taking 4th place.  She did not run to the best of her ability as the ground had barely thawed out after a heavy overnight frost and she was never happy with the going.

Our Robin Des Champs filly Toodlepip, now a 3 yr old, remains at Denis Leahy's yard in Cork in pre-training and is coming along very well.


She has popped over a hurdle or two and is thoroughly enjoying herself.

Our filly Ballymilan (Milan / Ballyhoo), has now turned 2 yrs old and is growing on well.


She will soon be starting some groundwork with Jess and Amanda - our stud grooms - in preparation for her eventual visit to Denis Leahy for pre-training assessment later in the year.


And finally, Centoria's Midnight Legend colt, Bugsy, enjoying a frolic with his field companion Jack, our retired polo pony, on a cold and frosty morning earlier this week.



KASSIS  (Kalanisi/Gastina) went to Leicester Racecourse on 27th November 2016 for the ‘Dale Hall & Hickman Associates Mare’s Handicap Hurdle’ race,
a Class 4 race over 2m 41/2f with 9 runners over 10 hurdles on Good to Soft going,
being ridden by Nick Scholfield for the first time.

We are very happy to report that Kassis WON this race !


RACING POST comment and analysis of the race:

“A competitive mares´ handicap hurdle.

KASSIS was prominent, chased leader 2nd to 6th, went 2nd again approaching 3 out, ridden to lead flat and stayed on well.”

“KASSIS was switched from fences for a first hurdling start since April 2015 and proved well enough handicapped to gain her fourth career success, a second in this discipline to go with two chase wins.”



QUOTE from Jamie Snowden, trainer:
“We hoped Kassis might have a little bit in hand back over hurdles and the plan will be to get some black type next to her name, as that is important for potential broodmares."

The National Hunt season is up and running.

Kassis’s first race was on 31st October at Hereford  “The Re Group 15-year Anniversary Mares Handicap Chase (Qualifier for the Challenger Mares Chase Series)”.  It was a small field, Kassis had Daryl Jacob in the saddle this time and she was a bit disappointing as she didn’t jump her best.


She picked up a very deep speed cut in the race, which is healing up nicely and she is now back in full work.

It was with a mix of excitement and trepidation that we set off in the early morning of Tuesday 8th November for Heathrow Airport on our annual pilgrimage to the Tattersalls November National Hunt Sales in Ireland.  This is always a great few days, meeting up with old friends and seeing the foals in the flesh after studying the catalogue avidly for the 2-3 weeks prior to the sales, trying to find the next potential listed mares race winner!

Tuesday was always going to be a busy day for us as we had 16 fillies earmarked to look at, a couple of these were withdrawn prior to the sales but still a lot to see!

Lucky for us we managed to buy the 2 fillies we had ‘double tagged’, one by Sinndar out of a winning French Mare.


and the other filly is by Califet out of a winning point to point mare.


They have gone to Ballincurrig House Stud for a couple of months to get over any stresses which the sales may bring and they will come home to us early next year to join our expanding herd of fillies!

Bertie, our colt by Sholokhov, was entered on Wednesday 9th November, having spent the last 6 weeks or so in the care of Michael and his team at Ballincurrig House Stud, being prepped for the sales.  They did a great job, as always, and he came into the ring looking fantastic, a credit to all involved in his preparation.


He was sold to Ben Case for Lady Grosvenor’s stable.


Thursday was slightly less stressful than the previous 2 days and we looked at a few fillies and decided to go for one later in the day, so around 4.30pm a Shirocco filly out of an Old Vic mare went under the hammer and is coming home to us with the other two!  She is similarly bred to Annie Power, so fingers crossed she is as talented!


We flew back home late Thursday night, tired but happy. A very rewarding and fulfilling few days had by all!!

Last but by no means least, Naranja had her first race this season on Saturday 12th November at Cheltenham in the “High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race)”.  This was a huge step up in class for her from a Class 6 to a Class 1 race, ridden this time by Nick Scholfield.


She finished 3rd out of 19 runners, proving what we all knew, that she is full of stamina.  We are all delighted she now has black type.


Our Lorry has been at George Smith’s for a badly needed makeover.
It is now back and I am delighted with the result.
It has had a new radio and Bluetooth fitted too, so we are all set.


Our First trip was to move Kassis from pre-training with Roger and Christine Wernham to Jamie Snowdon’s Folly House yard.

Our Sholokhov colt, Bertie, left for Ireland for his sales prep. at Ballincurrig House Stud in Co. Cork, ready for Tatts. Ireland November National Hunt Sales.


We recently spent an early morning on the Lambourn Gallops with Jamie Snowdon


to watch Kassis schooling under Brendan Powell.


We also saw Naranja on the gallops.


They are both looking great. We are looking forward to the coming jumps season.

The refurbishment on some of the stables is now finished, ready for the winter and are already occupied at night by the 2 ponies and our yearling filly by Milan.


And finally, we had a little help (?) whilst taking hay to the broodmares last night!