Well, the heatwave went on for much longer than anyone expected this summer, making a little more work for everyone than in previous, cooler summers; with the mares and foals coming in every day out of the heat and having hay and hard feed as the grass was almost non-existent! They continue to grow on really well.
Here is Lecon Benefique with her Kayf Tara colt (b. 27th April) enjoying a spin around the paddock.
And having a little chat in the early evening.
The following photos are of Kassis and her Mount Nelson colt (b. May 27th), this colt has made the same height as the Kayf Tara colt already, even though he is a full month younger!
The two-year-old fillies are coming on well too, turning into nice young ladies and living out 24/7 with the boarding gelding by Midnight Legend.
Looking expectantly, for a feed maybe ??!!
The Shirroco filly is on the left with the Califet filly on the right.
At the end of August we took a short break in Ireland and visited Ballincurrig House Stud to see Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil) before she goes to Denis Leahy's for a little education. I am pleased to say she looks very well indeed and has grown somewhat since I last saw her!
At the same time we became reaquainted with the lovely Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) who was at Ballincurrig for her summer break before returning to Denis Leahy's and then going into training later in the year. She looks really well too, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Ballincurrig House Stud.
Jamie Snowden had his open day at Folly House in Lambourn on Sunday 2nd September and we went along to support him, with many more of his owners. It was a really great day, as always, with Jamie giving a running commentary as the horses were paraded for all to see. Naranja was led out looking very well and very relaxed.
Here is a quote from Jamie at the end of Naranja's last season:
“We took a couple up to Ayr last weekend where Naranja was most courageous to stick her neck out to win the valuable Class 2 Mares Staying Hurdle under a great ride by Sean Bowen. In turn she became our highest earning horse this season having won twice earlier this season as well.”
So, it’s fingers crossed for some black type for Naranja this season.
Naranja was joined at Folly House in the middle of last week by our 4 year old filly Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater). She came straight from pre-training at Denis Leahy's yard to Jamie. We are hoping that he can find a syndicate for this lovely filly to start off her racing career.
Weaning time has arrived again, too quickly as always. All three foals were weaned this week and are now living together with their adopted granddad, Jack. They settled down and stuck close together on the first day, managing synchronised grazing!
A couple of days on and they are all chilled and enjoying catching some early morning sun, overlooked by the lovely Jack.
And finally, I would like to introduce the latest addition to the farm - Maggie the Labrador puppy, who is settling in very well with the other dogs and is already in love with Zeus !!
* * With thanks to Jessica Joubert for most of these photos * *