Events on the yard have been set on hold, at least in theory, because of the publication of our hopefully soon-to-be best selling new book Born to Whisper (available from www.borntowhisper.com), which finally took place on 16 Dec. That made us happy, given that the launch had been set for the following night, 17 Dec, at the Riding for the Disabled Centre in Cheltenham race course. This didn’t stop me having pretty major commitments like a pair of horses and their owner coming to stay the week before. Of course everything was supposed to be in the bag well before the launch date and ended up being frantically last-minute.
Christmas, of course, is one of those times when it would be nice if we could forget about mucking out, hammering through the ice on a trough or checking horses in a snow- covered field, and go and spend time with family. Fortunately this year we were able to do that thanks to the presence of our lodger Meg, whose family lives nearby. So for a few days we had no responsibilities, no phone to answer, and were able to concentrate on parenting and relaxing.
One of the biggest developments for us is that we have just taken on our first working pupil in several years. A 19 year old girl who came on some riding clinics and decided to give up her University course and learn our trade. It is great having extra hands especially now we are snowed in!