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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the mood: Becky Moody, holding Calinsio, along with Hannah Moody,  at Gunthwaite Dressage, near Penistone. (Picture: Chris Lawton)

Grand Prix circuit is Moody’s motivation

SHEFFIELD’s Becky Moody has set her sights on Grand Prix level with nine-year-old Carinsio after excelling at last weekend’s LeMieux National Dressage Championships.


Phil Brown: Devastated to have to retire beloved Jules from competition

Since I last wrote I have had a good weekend eventing at Keysoe at the end of August.

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.

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.

Carol Boswell in action at Allerton Park

Boswells drive ahead at Allerton Park

The fast and furious sport of horse driving trials came to Allerton Park again last month, when the North Eastern Driving Group held their flagship event there.

Hull-based eventer Rachel Robinson pictured with her horse MJI Limmerick Bell  at Sunk Island. (
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Robinson narrows her focus on evening

A HOST of young riders helped fly the flag for Yorkshire at this summer’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

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.

The Wolds
Jodie McGregor running thorugh woods at Middleton Tyas.

Jodie’s ridden for Britain and written a cook book - and she’s still 21

Jodie McGregor had more reasons than most to follow the progress of Team GB’s equestrian team in the Rio Olympics over the last few weeks. Just a few years ago Jodie was a budding star in the junior three-day eventing squad and even saw in advance plans for the course that the GB riders tackled in Brazil. As a professional rider she travelled the world representing Great Britain’s junior eventing team in dressage, show jumping and cross country.

Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin following her gold medal in the dressage individual grand prix freestyle.

Rio 2016: Charlotte Dujardin celebrates ‘magical’ farewell

British star Charlotte Dujardin hailed “a truly magical” Olympic farewell on the brilliant Valegro after she retained her individual dressage title with a stunning Games record performance in Deodoro.

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.

Great Britain's Michael Whitaker.

RIO 2016: Whitaker brothers look to make experience count

With a combined age of 116 and approaching ten Olympic Games appearances between them, show jumpers do not come more experienced that the Whitaker brothers.

Sue Westwood with Argentinian Polo coach Matteus Jolly at Well Hill Hill Farm, Bramham Park, and Harley and Caroline Haycox who are being coached.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Enjoying really Jolly good polo revolution

BRAZIL will be the country on everyone’s lips in six days’ time come the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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.

The dressage at Yorkshire's 
Bramham International Horse Trials.

Bra-vo: They’ve discovered why women riders are saddled with pain

THE PERFORMANCE of female horse-riders is being affected by breast pain because of ill-fitting bras, according to new research.

BEST OF BRITAIN: Showjumper Laura Robinson from Potto, Northallerton, with Cassie, a two year old filly, in the stables. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Laura now driven to sign off in triumph

NORTHALLERTON’S Laura Robinson is preparing to sign off from Young Riders duty in style and hopes her best is yet to come.

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