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Over the stable door: Internet dating for Baffle

Baffle, my two-year-old Patterdale bitch, has been dipping her paw into a bit of internet dating recently in the search to find a mate for her first litter of puppies. In the past finding my pooches a mate has meant a queue at the door but not this time.

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Messing about on the river had been so much fun.

Over the stable door: Charity race fun and unwelcome destruction

The point to point proved a fun day out last Saturday. The charity race in aid of Candlelighters was thoroughly enjoyed by the 14 riders. They were aboard everything from Cobs to Clydesdales, most having their first taste of racing. The crowd ‘holloaed’ every one of them home, respectful at seeing true amateurs with the guts to have a go for a worthy cause. The day raised £8,000 for the charity.

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Ireland's Jonty Evans on Cooley Rorkes Drift.

Evans raises hopes of Irish joy at Badminton

Jonty Evans hailed his “horse of a lifetime” after an outstanding dressage display shortened odds on a first Irish winner at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials for 52 years.

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Jo Foster and family are involved in today's Pendle point to point fixture. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Health and safety is stifling traditional events

Whoever said the most stressful thing in life was going through a divorce had obviously never tried to convert a relatively unstable barn into a live-able and saleable dwelling place without breaking the bank or upsetting the planners; being in a green belt area just adds to the tension.

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Jo Foster has been in the wars during a rollercoaster week. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Rollercoaster week is a knock-out

My farrier Jack has many legendary stories to tell regarding his job. He must have spent a considerable amount of time reciting them to his mother as she has gone on to write a book, loosely based on her son’s experiences as an apprentice farrier.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster has paid tribute to her late friend and former teacher, Peggy Alpin.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Farewell to classy, charming Peggy

We are already flying through the pointing season and this weekend promises to be the busiest yet with two Yorkshire meetings scheduled. The Cleveland meeting is tomorrow at Witton Castle whilst on Easter Monday the Staintondale is to be held at Charm Park, Wykeham. Both meetings boast strong entries and promise some competitive races.

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

Over the stable door: Thefts an all-too common story in rural areas

Speak to any farmer at your local livestock market and few will have been spared a visit from thieves.

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To France and back for ‘Alfie’ the survivor

DONCASTER’S Connie Warde-Aldam enjoyed a particularly satisfying boost as the British Eventing season kicked into gear in South Yorkshire.

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Kempton racecourse is to be sold for housing.

Over the stable door: Only luck prevents jockey mix up

We were asked for a day’s hunting with the Bedale a few weeks ago. It was lashing down with rain as we drove north up the A1, puddles were joining up along the roadside threatening to flood. I could sense Tris was about as excited as I was at the thought of spending hours in a soaking wet saddle but as we neared Masham the clouds hurried south taking the rain with them and the sun shone across James Herriot’s country.

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

Over the stable door: Uplifting show of resilience adds to bright mood

It was as if the birds knew January was over and spring was on its way when we rode across the fields earlier this week. As the heavy rain clouds rolled away there came a peep of blue sky accompanied by the hearty sound of Blackbirds and a Robin to cheer us on our ride.

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Crowning moment: Fiona Bigwood, left, with Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton after winning silver in Rio.

Departure of ‘Tillie’ is not the end for Bigwood

GREAT BRITAIN dressage star Fiona Bigwood insists she’s intent on still producing the next Olympic champion despite selling Rio silver medallist Atterupgaards Orthilia.

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

Over the stable door: Point to point is underway

Today a new Yorkshire point to point season gets underway. A sociable and highly competitive days racing beckons at the Sheriff Hutton track for those willing to brave the elements and watch stars of the future in action. With the huge number of entries taken it promises to offer plenty of excitement.

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Cherry Coward who is one of Point to Point's best known Yorkshire trainers, watches jockey Jack Andrews over one of the jumps on her farm at Scackleton, near York.  Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Coward family saddles up to host point to point opener

Excitement is building at Low Moor Farm near Scackleton in the Howardian Hills. This is where Cherry Coward and her daughters Sam and Jacqueline are preparing for the 2017 Yorkshire point to point racing season that is under starters orders at her father’s Newhouse Farm at Sheriff Hutton on Sunday, January 15 - but for one of the three it will be tinged with some sadness.

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

Over the stable door: Obsession reined in to enjoy what is important

The new year started with a bang for lady jockeys. On New Year’s Day, four lady riders totted up five winners between them. Lizzie Kelly from Devon won two big races at Cheltenham whilst Bridget Andrews, Lucy Gardner and Megan Carberry rode winners at Catterick, Exeter and Musselburgh respectably.

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Yorkshireman Chris Bartle at the Yorkshire Riding Centre in Markington near Harrogate, appointed as performance coach for British Eventing. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

Golden Touch: Yorkshire’s Chris Bartle happy to be back batting for Britain

IN Yorkshireman Chris Bartle, Great Britain has produced one of the best eventing coaches in the world over the past 20 years.

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

Over the stable door: Fond farewells to some great characters

Last week the annual jockeys award ceremony, The Stobart Lesters was held in Coventry. Champion jockeys Jim Crowley and Richard Johnson won the Stobart jockey of the year for flat and jumps respectively.

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Like the mounted police, horse riders have responsibilities when it comes to road safety.

YP Letters: Horse riders must face responsibilities

From: Stephen Nixon, Meadow View, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield.

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Horse riders need to be as visible as the mounted police on the region's roads.

Sarah Todd: Reining in the danger to horse riders on roads

HORSE owners are sick and tired of putting their lives into the hands of motorists every time they venture out onto Britain’s roads.

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

Over the stable door: Festive cheer tempered by actions of sneak thief

The Christmas trees are selling fast. Festive fever seems to arrive earlier each year. Customers were turning up in mid-November asking to choose a tree from the pallets which held hundreds of netted Nordmans waiting to be unload.

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Take a bow: Charlotte Dujardin celebrates winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics on board Valegro. (Picture: Steve Parsons/PA)

Dujardin’s Valegro to bow out at Olympia

Double Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin says she “cannot wait to find the next one” as her multiple gold medal-winning horse Valegro prepares for retirement.

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