On the dog front, our racers at Yvonne's will all be checked over / scanned tomorrow. Ana and Storm are awaiting going into the rehoming process. On a positive note our racers with Jim Daly have achieved 2 wins and a second in the last two days. Need some of the luck from Jim's kennels to rub off up here !
Not dog news but yesterday was the final episode in 'an end of an era'- and sad to see. We went to Sally's (Haynes - partner of the late Alan Swinbank) for the last time at Western House stables which Alan had built from scratch and made into a fantastic yard boasting many facilities for horses to have a life of luxury. Success followed success until Alan's death and the yard was put on the market. With it now being sold, yesterday was to be our last visit. Nothing has changed and it still looks in great shape - just no horses heads appearing over the doors, no horses on the walkers, no noise and empty paddocks. Sad to see after watching while the stables had been built and been part of the old yard and having had horses with Alan since before he had even held a licence. Time moves on but memories aren't erased. Coincidence but a previous owner in horses with Panther at Alan's (and now has shares in dogs with Yvonne) had messaged on the Friday if we would be having another horse in training. After yesterday's visit I can't imagine it will ever be the same - although we did have horses after Alan's death with Sam England and very successfully ! Jimmy always enjoys his visits to the yard - more so when his friend Doc was in training there - but he was full of his usual buzz nevertheless. Loves horses and seems in awe of them. On walking down the lane he was met by PERSIAN PERIL AND COLLIER HILL the two remaining horses at the yard who came across the paddock to welcome him. As they don't see many if any dogs they were intrigued and Jimmy likewise. Both look in immaculate condition and Collier Hill is now 20 years of age. Both will be going with Sally to her father's stables near Lambourne next month when the new owners take over. On driving away, Collier came over to the fence to see us off, winner of over 2.25 MILLION in prize money. What an achievement by A. Swinbank and horse. Truely the end of an era - but what a ride Panther and owners had over almost 30 years of involvement. Brilliant times and brilliant memories !