Talk about ‘girl power’! Rhiannon and I have just had our excitement for the day killing a ‘huge’ snake (well any snake looks huge when he’s alive!!). Just as he was about to slither under the gate I managed to pin him with a spade by the tail, and while he was angrily trying to bite the spade Rhiannon came to my rescue with a shovel and one or two quick blows behind the head and he was gone. Snakes are always a worry around young horses – they are so inquisitive and don’t seem to sense the danger as an older horse does. This little reptile was happily cruising through our yearling yards so I’m afraid he was well and truly out of bounds.
Well we were planning to commence yearling photographs this week and were worried that the flies would annoy the horses and make it difficult. No flies at present, just scuds of rain and a blustery wind so the photos have been put on hold.
One of the joys of my job is sitting in my office doing boring book work, but being able to look out the window and watch the staff walking the yearlings around the garden. One that caught my eye this morning was the TELESTO – FORGETFUL colt, LOT 70 at the Magic Millions Sale on 21st February in Launceston. Bek has him marching along and together they make a great team. He isn’t a big horse (but neither is his Group 2 winning half sister NUCLEAR FREE, or his other half sister who was stakes placed and won 13 MISLAID), but boy can he walk and he’s all athlete. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s the next stakeswinner to come from the Armidale draft. Of course TELESTO has the brilliant filly REBEL BRIDE (6 wins and 2 places from 8 starts) racing at present, and she’s facing her first big challenge this coming Sunday when she meets multiple stakeswinner LADY LYNETTE (bred by Armidale) in the Listed BOW MISTRESS STAKES at Elwick.
Once again this year we have a great team of young horsemen and women working with our yearlings. For anyone who loves horses and enjoys working in a team environment it is always worth giving us a call to see if we have some work available. The horse industry is so labour intensive and we are always on the look out for talented young horse people with a passion for the industry.