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Over the stable door: Training challenge with all but written off Jonny

One of the new horses has surprised us. Jonny the giant had arrived with a blotted copy book in the spring, having been written off by a vet due to back problems and he was deemed unrideable by the yard manager where he was stabled.

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The pursuit of hounds across wild Yorkshire countryside is nature at its most breath-taking.

Over the stable door: Exhausted by the hunt in race season down time

Last week I woke to an eiderdown covering of snow laying silently across the valley. Thankfully it had not frozen enough to prevent the wagon making it to the gallops so I could work this week’s runners. Some of my jockeys are winter maidens, having started working at the yard earlier this year missing out on the worst of Bingley Moor’s extremities. They had never experienced the delights of the snow-covered gallop.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Female jockeys long overdue recognition

Could it be women jockeys are finally receiving the recognition they deserve?

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Writing has many similarities to racing, either in the short story or long story form.

Over the stable door: Why dressing the Patterdale is leaving my baffled

From the moment I wake the days just seem to rush by. At this time of year rising from my contended slumber grows increasingly difficult.

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Pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Over the stable door: Nasty fall but jockey with a cheeky grin will recover

One of my winning jockeys suffered a nasty fall last weekend. Henry Brooke fell in a chase at Hexham last Saturday. Whilst on the ground he was unlucky to be stood on by another runner leaving him injured.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Police chase brings drama... and a broken finger

The battered Fiat screeched to a halt in the middle of the road. Ignoring the threat from oncoming traffic four young lads burst out and leapt over the nearest wall straight in to a field.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Ryanair boss takes flight from top Irish trainer

It is being deemed a break up of Brangelina proportions in the racing world. Champion Irish racehorse trainer Willie Mullins has had 60 of his 200 horses in training removed by their owner, the Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary this week.

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War Horse tugged at the heartstrings in London for eight years. Picture: David Allan

Over the stable door: Charity to benefit from horse tale told on stage

A number of years ago I was lucky enough to see the National Theatre production of War Horse when it was playing in London. The show is an adaptation of the popular Michael Morpurgo children’s novel written in 1982.

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Jo Foster hopes land management measures will prevent her land from suffering as badly as it did last winter when flooding affected farmland across the region. Pic: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Over the stable door: Praying for less pain after major flood-proofing

I’m on the way back from Kelso racecourse and grappling with stomach pains.

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Bangor racecourse was Nobles first outing with the ground dry.  Picture: Martin Rickett

Over the stable door: Patience proves to be a most Noble pursuit

A little bay racehorse called Noble arrived at the yard in early summer. Every morning the sight of him whickering to greet me meant more than the usual. His arrival in Yorkshire had been a long time in coming.

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New to Sledmere House next weekend is an event called the Festival of the Horse which is taking place to celebrate all things horses and to raise money for the Riding for the Disabled charity.

Equine festival at grand Wolds estate

A grand Yorkshire Wolds country estate is throwing open its gates for a festival aimed at those of an equestrian persuasion.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: New chapter for yard jockey

Last week the Foster clan was invited to a local wedding. My retired yard jockey Samantha Drake and her fiancé Jonathan England were tying the knot at Esholt village church just a few fields away from the Drake’s farm.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Equine world responds to teen rider’s passing

A brave young event rider I wrote about some months ago, Hannah Francis, sadly passed away earlier this week.

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Cock O’The North victory on rider’s second show outing

LAURA RENWICK hailed victory in Thursday’s Cock O’The North Championship as the “icing on the cake” to only her second ever outing at the Great Yorkshire Show and first for nine years.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Race day arrives for Mr Disobedient

The day before Christian’s race his jockey arrived to give him a final work out. Most horses get a brief leg stretch just before they run but not Christian, he had three miles to canter.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds .

Over the stable door: Real battle of making a prince out of a gangster

My racehorse Christian blotted his copybook in momentous style on his first outing for us at Market Rasen.

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How Stean Gorge in Nidderdale provided an adrenalin-fuelled afternoon for Jo Fosters family.

Over the stable door: Nostalgia fuels welcome day away

Last week we took a rare family day off. Tris was in charge so he ensured our destination was completely distraction free.

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'Ride of their Lives' participants during a training event at York Racecourse, pictured with former champion jockey Kevin Darley.  Pictures: Bruce Rollinson.

Amateur riders get star treatment ahead of York charity race

Ten amateur jockeys have been put through their paces by a former champion as they prepare for the ‘Ride of Their Lives’.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds .

Over the stable door: Emotional fairy tale on the track stirs up a frenzy

I managed to catch up with Badminton Horse Trails on Saturday night when I finally sat down to eat tea and watch the cross-country phase just before midnight following a busy day at the races.

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Some of the jockeys who took part in the Candlelighters Race.

Over the stable door: Triumph against the odds after 11th hour mess

It’s been one hell of a week. At times I’ve not known whether to cry, laugh or throttle someone but fortunately I’m not yet wanted for murder.

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