A super busy summer and first signs of autumn

Emily shoemaking at the Stromsholm Apprentice Seminar

So glad we have enjoyed some lovely summer days (although Nigel would probably argue some were a little too hot!). The sunshine did have its downside in creating hard ground and lack of grass growth which has now resulted in the grass going a little crazy following a bit of rain! As ever there is always an impact on the way in which we manage our horses and ponies; feet struggle with the weather fluctuations and there is also now the increased risk of laminitis. It goes without saying if you do have any questions or concerns please do get in touch with Nigel.

Over the summer we were delighted to see so many clients out competing and so many bringing home ribbons! Our clients have enjoyed success in the show ring, eventing, dressage, showjumping, endurance and foal breeding. Well done to you all and we very much hope it continues.

Emily has secured some great results competing, most recently this Saturday at the Stromsholm Apprentice Seminar. This seminar is a one day event for apprentices where they are put through their paces in both practical and theoretical tests whilst also watching demonstrations and listening to lectures. Emily only began her second year at the beginning of September and secured a super 5th place in the 2nd year competition – well done to her! Nigel and Emily are both entered to compete in October in what will be the last for this year.

Static and dynamic assessment at the Stromsholm Apprentice Seminar

Tom has now left our team. We are delighted to hear that his injury is now fully recovered and he will be continuing his apprenticeship with an ATF in Swindon – we wish him all the best. Harry, Alistair and Mike continue to be a part of our team on a part-time basis.

Next week we have TV cameras at the forge (time for some ‘spring’ cleaning!), all will be revealed in good time….!