Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:53

OPEN MORNING

PLEASE NOTE 

This months open morning has been pushed back to the second Saturday of the month which is the 11th.

This is due to the on going building works and moving the rest of the horses and all the rest of the equipment from the top.

 

 

Friday, 06 October 2017 07:29

October 6th

Racing does test you out and as we all know is full of highs & lows, but losing a horse is always the absolute pits for everyone.

Get Involved has tested everyone's  patience and has not been the easiest horse to fathom out, but his lovely owners have been so patient, and have been rewarded with winners at Newbury & Worcester as well as a fabulous second at Cheltenham. After winning at Worcester we gave him a nice break as to not risk him on fast ground and came back to Warwick with plenty of confidence for a good season ahead of him. he looked amazing (well done Ceris) and after Bally Lagans great run in an earlier race to finish second (they have been working together)  we were really hopeful.

Sadly it was not to be as a fall two out was the end for poor GI. Luckily Jack none the worse for a horrible fall. A post mortem did show us that he had suffered an internal bleed that caused the fall but the result was the same.

Many condolences to the ever patient and supportive Point Of Attack partnership, who are understandably devastated, as are the team at home.

Nothing to do except pick ourselves up and keep going forward, but its mighty hard in a small yard when the horses mean so much to everyone.

Bally Lagans super run on the day must not be forgotten, he ran a blinder to be in front everywhere except on the line! Nothing lost in defeat by a horse carrying a stone less than him - Well done Bally!

The rest of the team revving up for their seasonal debuts and great that we have had a decent amount of rain so early so we can make some proper plans.

Some lovely new faces in the string this time and also some familiar ones who are coming back after injuries.

Building work going apace here now, with the barn now up and stables going in next week! The big move now imminent and this Saturday will be our last Open Morning from Labrador Farm, as by November it will all be about Hill Farm!

Do come and have a look at the progress - usual tea coffee & amazing cakes available!

 

 

 

Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:45

Open Morning

Don't forget this Saturday is our monthly open morning gates open at 9am!! It will also be our last open morning up here at Alne park before we are all moved down the other end to hill farm!

Please do come and see the progress being made it's all very exciting!

As usual great cakes, tea and coffee available.

 

Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:03

Sad news

The whole team feeling shattered after Warwick losing the gentle Get Involved on Tuesday Condolences to the Point of Attack Partnership who have been so patient with him, and were rewarded with a super win at Worcester earlier in the year. 
It's so hard to lose them, especially for the team who care for them everyday. Ceris Biddle looked after this lovely boy so well and he looked a picture.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:03

Sad news

The whole team feeling shattered after Warwick losing the gentle Get Involved on Tuesday Condolences to the Point of Attack Partnership who have been so patient with him, and were rewarded with a super win at Worcester earlier in the year. 
It's so hard to lose them, especially for the team who care for them everyday. Ceris Biddle looked after this lovely boy so well and he looked a picture.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:39

19th September

All systems go this week regarding the new stables, with roof, concrete and steel for the new barn arriving! The move looming ever closer and really looking forward to move now!

Celestial Chimes ran a nice race last week, and now has a handicap mark so will find life easier now she can run a handicap and not against 125 horses on level weights! The Lion Man ran a much better race for a staying on 4th, bit further and back over fences for him next time.

Afterthisone was very well behaved at Chepstow and jumped out upsides in front and ran really well for the first 4 furlongs, great to see him behaving as we have had a few problems stall wise with him.

All the horses in full work now and getting closer to running, all exciting stuff and looking forward to a great season. Just need some rain and proper NH weather!! 

Great to see Thomas Crapper back into work and in long road work now. 

Young Lou arrived back today and looking well.

 

 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:48

12th September

Another Open Morning gone by, and nice to see some familiar, and some new faces up here for our regular first Saturday of the month 'gates open'. Great cakes from Terry Poulson as ever! Its worth coming up just for the cake which is always outstanding!

Open Mornings aim to be a very informal way for friends, neighbours & any other interested parties to see what we get up to here, and also to raise a few pounds for the Air Ambulance. There is no entrance fee and its a (hopefully ) nice way to come & see the Team at work. 

The long slog back to full fitness continues for most of the string, with the main bunch now starting to step up to full work, and are not far off a run.  

Nice to have a runner last week after not much action on the racing front recently. Afterthisone behaved much better and consequently ran a better race. He has been getting very upset in all of the preliminaries, but the addition of a hood helped enormously. He will want further in time to be seen to best effect.

Storming Harry posted an under par blood result so missed his run this time.

Another of the Team now mobile with Alice Coleman passing her driving test last week! Well done Alice - drive carefully!

The building work has ground to a bit of a halt as we wait for steel for the new barn. Really frustrating, as everything ready to go, and it would be nice to get everything back to normal and tidied up, but nothing to do but sit it out and hope it isn't too long before it gets here!

Two runners at Worcester today. Celestial Chimes having her third run for a mark, and The Lion Man hoping to improve on his recent 5th at Stratford. Trip & track should suit him, but he just does need things to fall his way. 

 

 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:17

Tuesday 29th August

Cooler this morning after a real scorcher yesterday, a few pink looking bodies around after a bout of sunbathing yesterday!

Nice to be able to let the troops have a quieter day as it was a bank holiday, and the last chance to be able to have an easy day before the season kicks off properly.

The weather is so confusing at the moment with massive temperature changes from day to day, its hard to know what rugs are on or off!

Quite a few visitors over the last few days, good to welcome John Murphy on Saturday who is a new member of the Just 4 Fun partnership, who have just purchased the exciting Cheers Delboy. Still three shares available in him so do get in touch if you'd  like to get involved.

Jan Hurst also here to see Thomas Crapper - exciting news of him as he has had a saddle on for the first time since his injury! Graham has been very pleased with his progress, and he has started a rehab program which will involve a lot of walking (& sitting tight!) until the end of September - if that all goes well he will be back in training proper in October. As you can imagine Crappy is delighted to be out and about after a long period of box rest. He has been a model patient (with a couple of days exceptions, when it all got too much!) and we are keeping everything crossed that he will be back to full fitness before too long.  

John & Pat Porter here to see Cheers Delboy & Get Involved today.

Don't forget its our monthly Open Morning this coming Saturday - do come along and meet the team. Gates open from 9am

 

Friday, 25 August 2017 12:29

Friday 25th August

A nice run from The Lion Man at Stratford yesterday. He has been having some problems so its all about building his confidence back up, and Tabitha Worsley took a large step in the right direction with him.

He jumped and travelled well, and although the trip on the short side for him, and the first mile run at a bit of a crawl, he stayed on well  and most importantly ran all the way to the line - a part that has been badly missing in his last few runs.

Fine today, although with a near miss after someone galloped into the back of him and skinned his hind leg! Onwards & upwards for 'Rory' from here. He will probably need to get back to fences to win, but he has grown & matured this summer so hopes are high going forwards.

BTO for Ceris - he looked fabulous in the paddock. 

No visitors today, and the sun putting in a rare appearance which always makes the morning go easier!

Sorry to hear that Gary Allbutt is back in hospital - we send him, Nat & the boys our best wishes, and hope to hear some better news soon.

A bit of a lull on the building front, as we are waiting on the steel for the new barn. Frustrating, as now we have started just want to get it finished!

Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:58

Thursday 24th August

A pretty hectic morning today, with Brett Cahill, Amy & Cooper here with Brett's Mum & Dad who are visiting from Mexico. They stayed in the B & B and we had a jolly evening in The Huff Cap last night.

Brett is a big supporter of the yard and has shares in no less than five of our partnership horses! Great to catch up with him and make a few plans for the coming season.

Terry & Mandy Poulson who do so much to help  us with our monthly Open Mornings also here, to see their boys & girl!

Lovely to have a big chatty breakfast with them all, and for them to see their horses all looking so well. 

First runner jumping for a good while today, with The Lion Man off to Stratford. Tabitha Worsley rides him and on his best form he would have a chance but has to put a few problems behind him first!

Fingers crossed for a good run to boost his confidence.

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:03

21st August 2017

Everything is moving quickly on the building front, just waiting for the steel to arrive for the new barn, stables and horse walker on order! All exciting stuff and really looking forward to getting all finished and moved! 

Storming Harry and Afterthisone ran at Kempton on Wednesday evening, Harry running a lot better race finishing running on, step back up in trip for him next time. 

Afterthisone is still learning, poor boy had to stand in the stalls for over 10 minutes and got upset having to wait so long, he came out of the stalls in a panic and never got into his stride. More stalls practice and more race experience needed for him. 

Visitors this week included Jane Nichols who came to see Myroundoryours and Oneida Tribe. Brian Wilson to see the Kutub Filly who is for sale still please ask for details.... Saturday, Ian Brain to give Thomas Crapper polos!, and Anna and Julie Venvell into to see La Fille Francaise, 

August pretty wet so far which meant we could have a canter on the grass! BBQ season looks to be over!! 

Please see below some pictures of the string on Saturday morning.

 

Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:59

Construction work.....

Things moving along nicely! 

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 09:55

Big News!

We promised some upcoming big news on the last blog, and are now able to let you know whats going on up here at Alne Park.

Those of you that have been to visit us here will know that the yard is split into two parts, Alne Park & Hill Farm. This arrangement has its advantages & challenges. Logistically its been a challenge having the team at two ends of the farm, and has involved a lot of whizzing up and down the drive, and making sure visitors don't end up in the wrong yard to see their horses!

Partly from necessity, and partly by design, its been decided that Hill Farm will be developed and we will move everyone to that end of the farm.

Its an exciting project that is already underway, and will mean much easier working conditions for the team, with equally good - if not better - facilities for the horses.

A new barn is going up, the old dutch barn has come down (and is going up again!), the base for an additional walker is going in, and eventually all of the team will be living onsite at Hill Farm.

Most excitingly we will also be putting in a new hill gallop to the left of the drive which will be an enormous improvement to our already excellent facilities.

The top of the farm is changing hands (hence the necessity) but by design the changes will be a great step forward for Team Dickin.

Happily no more up and down the drive, and you will all know where to find us when you get here!

We will keep you updated with the progress, but we are hoping to have everything in the yard up and running in the autumn.

Don't forget its Open Morning again this Saturday, so come along and see the 'building site' and hear about all of the new developments.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 09:47

Belated Update

Apologies for such a long gap since the last blog. Its been a bit of a roller coaster of a month, and computer hours have been few.

This promises to be a long one to catch up!

Probably best to get the bad bit out of the way to start with.

Racing - as life, has its ups and downs, but it does seem in this game that the contrasts are extreme! Last blog was all of excitement of a winner, this one  is the horrible trauma of losing a much loved member of the team.

Garrahalish was the first horse that Charlie & I bought on our first shopping trip to Ireland, and has been a super horse to train for The Just 4 Fun partnership. A thoroughly all round nice guy - known at home as 'The Gorgeous One'!

He won 4 races and was rated as high as 135, before have a few niggly issues that have held up his progress. Those 'issues' behind him he was in great form heading up to Hexham, and we were confident of a big run. Sadly that was not to be, he uncharacteristically fell early in the race. The fall did not look too bad, but proved fatal for poor Gary when he fractured his neck.

Luckily Charlie Ok, but like the rest of the team devastated at the loss of this lovely horse. A long way home for Robin & Harriet T, his devoted lass, who deserves a medal for bravery.

Many commiserations to the Just 4 Fun group.

Trying to find another Gary always going to be a hard call, but a job that needed starting sooner rather than later. To that end Robin & I jumped on a plane for a quick day trip to view some likely candidates. The usual tear around Co Wexford at high speed resulted in one outstanding individual, and after a few days of 'discussion' the deal was done.

Cheers Delboy is a beautiful 4 year old by Golan, who has been second in a point to point, only beaten a neck. 

The next debate was how to get him home, along with Dancing Daffodil who has been at stud in Fermoy and is now in foal to Frozen Fire. Before we could get it sorted another likely candidate reared its rather handsome head, and there was another space on the lorry to fill.

Future Boy is a 5 year old by Beneficial who has also been second in a point to point, beaten three lengths by a horse that has now won three points. A very good effort, and a valid explanation for a disappointing run after. a horse with a super frame but quite a bit of filling in to do. Not worried about that - just a few square meals and some TLC required.

With three to collect it was decided that Harriet & I would go & collect them. Had not quite factored in the fact that there was only one day that it could be done so a very quick turn around on our return from an event at 7pm, saw us back on the road by 8.30 and on the 3.45 am ferry to Dublin! A Sunday tour around Ireland followed and saw us back at Rosslare for the 9pm boat, and back up the drive at home at 5.30 on Monday morning! 

Dancing Daffodil looking well, and very happy with the new additions.

Just 4 Fun here on Saturday to see their new boy, and delighted that they are very happy with him. A glass or two of bubbles raised to Gary, and a rather emotional get together, but good to see everyone and remember some great days and also look forward to the future with 'Del'

There are a couple of shares available in him so do get in touch if you would like to get involved in this really exciting youngster.

Future Boy is also for sale, and is great value, a real athletic sort and looks to have an exciting future.

Sunday saw more cooking at Dickin HQ - especially from chief BBQ chef Darren and lovely to see friends/owners here for a bit of a gathering,  a celebration of last season, and plans to be made for the coming.

Some big news coming shortly so watch this space!

On the home front everyone back in work, which is great to see. They have all summered really well, a few looking tubbier than others, but all happy and relaxed after a good summer break.

The team still finishing off their holidays but some healthy looking tans around, after some well earned beach time!

Not many runners, Bettalatethanneva put in a much improved performance at Worcester to be third under Tabitha Worsley, (Off for a short break now) and lovely to see Storming Harry back out at Kempton to run very creditably on his first run for two years.

Blog updates will now - hopefully return to normal on a weekly basis!

 

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