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Over the stable door: Cutting it fine

Our airport shuttle chugged along and eventually pulled up outside the terminal. “Oh, terminal one,” I said to my perspiring Irish friend, “and we’ve got 34 minutes before our flight leaves – terminal two.”

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Fulfilling promising plans

When I have time on my hands I start planning new ventures. Ideas which germinate in the dark cupboards of my scatterbrain mind suddenly flourish in the sunlight that is spare time and I throw any spare energy into making them happen.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Approval of Wetherby’s upgrade

Having a runner at Wetherby races last week gave us a chance to inspect the newly opened Millennium West stand which has taken a year to build at a cost of £3.5m.

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Youngest showjumper rides to success in Countryside Live debut

She has already proved to be a convincing Wonder Woman but Lilly Aspell demonstrated her considerable talent in the saddle by being named as the show’s most Talented Showjumper.

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Action from the Northern Show Cross Finals on day one of Countryside Live in Harrogate.

Rain sees equine contest cancelled at Countryside Live

The Northern Show Cross Finals at the Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live this weekend has been cancelled ahead of the autumn show’s second day.

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Lilly Aspell, pictured alongside her parents, Donna Aspell and Paddy Aspell, will compete in the Talented Showjumper Competition at this weekend's Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live in Harrogate. Picture by Richard Walker.

Tiny film star heads to Harrogate for showjumping contest

She has starred in a Hollywood blockbuster and recently finished filming in Serbia for her next big screen role, but for tiny North Yorkshire schoolgirl Lilly Aspell, competing at this weekend’s Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live is perhaps even more important.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Frankie goes hunting

Last week we took a couple of the racehorses out hunting for the first time. Hunting provides invaluable experience for unraced youngsters with crowds of energetic horses they have to react quickly to the new challenges they encounter.

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The Princess Royal watching a horse dental examination by vet Dr James Roxburgh and nursing assistant Francesca Ware during her visit to Hambleton Equine Clinic. Picture by James Hardisty.

Princess takes tour of North Yorkshire horse hospital

Staff at a purpose-built hospital for horses have finally received the royal approval they had hoped for.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: A life spent breathing and dreaming of the outdoors

My friend sent me a copy of his new book recently. It is called True to the Line by Adrian Dangar, and I am proud to say it is a highly entertaining read based on his memoirs as a huntsman and countryman – a life spent breathing and dreaming of foxes, hounds, wildlife and the countryside. I met Adrian years ago when he was hunting the Sinnington hounds. He was an old classmate of my boyfriend at the time and we have remained friends ever since so I awaited his first book with keen interest. Last week it arrived and I began reading, keen to fill in the gaps he had often hinted at but rarely divulged to us in much detail. Adrian has written many articles for The Field, Horse and Hound and Country Life in his articulate and witty manner.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Horse encounter with a roaming bullock

The parentals went away on holiday last week and it was as though a whisper had spread through the pastures announcing the news. Barely had their feet walked up the airplane steps when the first in a number of agricultural related incidents occurred.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Digger duty

Life is never dull at Brookleigh and bank holiday was no exception. We spent it re-surfacing my schooling pen. It seemed like one of the more straightforward jobs on the ‘to do’ list (which includes building a house, an outdoor school and draining ‘the bog’– a vast peat swamp which could swallow up a JCB overnight).

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Showing the way: Kathryn Wheelock has been riding horses for 30 years despite having cerebral palsy and her determination and persistence now sees her heading to a prestigious first ever showing finals in Addington next month. Picture by SMR Photos. Other photos by Chris Lax photography.

Equestrian: Kathryn overcoming the hurdles en route to Addington

SKIPTON’S Kathryn Wheelock faces a big obstacle to fulfil her love of horse riding.

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Top pair: Nicola Wilson on Bulana.

Nicola Wilson basks in glory of double European Championships delight

NORTHALLERTON’S Nicola Wilson is still pinching herself after taking an individual bronze and team gold as Yorkshire excelled at the European Championships of eventing in Strzegom.

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Star duo: Nicola Wilson on Bulana

Just champion - Yorkshire trio star in Great Britain success

Great Britain’s eventers ended an eight-year wait for gold by winning the FEI European Championships team title in Poland.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: The real reason for Felix’s birthday wish

It was my son Felix’s birthday last week. As is the norm for a 10-year-old boy, what present to ask for became a life-changing decision he deliberated over for months leading up to the big day.

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Country Week columnist Jo Foster.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: The joys of party time

My charity party a few weeks ago was a success. On the day, we worked under a cloudless sky to finish of last-minute jobs. Signs went up, tables laid, wine put on ice. The run up had been hard work. Everyone’s spirits were high if a little jaded after such a busy few weeks. I was glad when the night finally arrived.

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MAN ON A MISSION: Preston's Nigel Coupe flew around the fences to win a thrilling Cock O'The North on Golvers Hill. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Great Yorkshire Show - Cock O’The North: Coupe pips Smith in frantic finish as Roses rivalry is forgotten

LANCASHIRE’S Nigel Coupe pipped Yorkshireman Robert Smith to win the 2017 Cock O’The North in a finish so thrilling that an excited crowd cast Roses rivalry to one side.

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The parade of hounds at the Great Yorkshire Show. Picture: Gary Longbottom

John Peel moment as hunt takes bow

FOR four decades, his voice has been one of the defining sounds of the Great Yorkshire Show.

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SIX-UP: John Whitaker won the Cock O'The North for a sixth time in 2013 on Maximillian, pictured.

Great Yorkshire Show: Evergreen Whitaker eyes ‘record’ seventh win

FORTY-TWO years have passed since Huddersfield’s John Whitaker won his first ever Cock O’ The North Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show.

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ALL SMILES: Izzy Taylor, on Trevidden, winner of the 2017 CIC three-star at Bramham. Picture by James Hardisty.

Equestrian: Rio heartache is cast aside as Izzy targets Europeans

IT would be harsh to begrudge Izzy Taylor her maiden success at Bramham this year, or representing Team GB at this summer’s European Championships in fact.

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