Saturday, 11 February 2017

Chamfron Compostela back in work

Stela's foal Floss has been weaned and she has been with Jason Webb at Australian Horsemanship for a few weeks to be brought back into work.  Smiles all round as Suzanne had her first ride on her on a bitterly cold morning last week.  Photos with thanks to Australian Horsemanship.  



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Getting ready to move

The last fortnight has been a constant plod of sorting, tidying and cleaning as we will be leaving here at the end of the month.  I can joke about how no man should be allowed to die without neatly labelling the contents of his man shed but it's been emotionally and physically brutal.  Throwing things like Mark's texan polo boots on the bonfire remembering exactly when and where you bought them (Roxtons, Cirencester, 15 years ago) is bloody awful.  However as always I've been lucky selling everything I wanted to sell and met some genuinely lovely people along the way (and developed a taste for G&T in a can, thanks Denise!)

I will miss the security of Wattaman, twelve years and I've hardly locked the house, tack room or car.  I will miss the wildlife, the dark skies, the windmill and the first third of the driveway (from the house end!) which changes with the seasons.  I've seen the solar eclipse, meteor showers, nacreous clouds and of course the most incredible display of the Northern Lights here.

That said it is time to go, I am tired of journalists still calling, I am tired of people thinking that after not seeing them for a year they can pop up and see how I am, I am tired of the mud and I won't miss the dash of death under the rotten lintel of doom and slate guillotines of fate in the chicken shed either.

A year has changed me, I am in a respect fearless, the worst has already happened.  Strangely I am less of a fussy eater, I am less squeamish in general (all in all a good thing as there were mice in many varied states of decay in the tack room and a *few* live ones).  Plus which I am clearly an adult now, I have bought my first NEW sofa, not new to me, one of those New New sofa's, it is fabric for my new life, the one where I don't smell of horse and I'm not grubby.  Wif is currently testing out the one he is about to inherit!

Monday, 30 January 2017

2000 Blog posts

This will be the two thousandth blog post I have written over the last ten years.  We always wanted to be utterly transparent about how we ran the stud here, where the youngsters went and what happened next.  We have had sixty four foals born here, sixty one sold and in new homes with one still born twin and Mirador (illness) and Conquistador (injury) being put down before weaning.  We never lost a mare either in foal or foaling and to be honest in a different year we wouldn't of lost Conquistador either.

One of the youngsters was sadly put down in her new home after a freak field injury the rest appear to be pretty hale and hearty and are out competing in many spheres - British Eventing, British Showjumping, Dressage, TREC, Polo, Western, Horse Agility, Endurance, Showing - they hunt, hack and are simply part of the family.  They very rarely come back on the market and I consider so many Chamfron owners really good friends.  I love the fact that I have photos of so many of the youngsters from the day they were born to their first showing outing, first ride, first competition under saddle.

On the blog I've enjoyed showing the views, the wildlife and a little bit of the rest of our life.  I've even occasionally had a whinge and a moan though I try not to get too political.

Every year I have the blog turned into a book using Blog2Print, a diary to look back on and a hard copy of all the photos.  The cover photo is the first photo of the year in the blog hence the general furriness!

Are they stalking me...?

I can only presume Horsemart thinks I am just playing hard to get?  Obviously removing me from the mailing list was a great success!  Also please note either Mike was drunk or Horsemart has its own time zone...

Friday, 27 January 2017

Free snout wash...

Lovely to see Inca and Colibri looking very settled as a happy gang of three with another polo pony foal Chacco.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Horsemart - yet again!

Regular blog readers will know I've had a few run ins with the advertising company Horsemart, they've taken money and not run adverts, used my photos without permission for their own social media accounts, that sort of thing.  So today I got an email that started...

Hello Mark,

I have been trying to catch up with you regarding a Stallions at Stud feature that we will be running.

My reply...

Hello Ben,

I believe you (or at the very least someone from your company) rang earlier today.  In that conversation you were informed that Mark was dead, the correct procedure at that point is to remove the person from your mailing list, not send him an email.  I will assure you he is exceptionally unlikely to respond.

Over the years I have had nothing but shocking service from your company and have repeatedly asked you as a company not to contact me again.  Can we please make sure this is the final correspondence I have from Horse Mart.

Your Aye,

Laura Baird

Update - Ben, of course, replied!  He said (and I paraphrase a little for comic effect)  Ah but the email was sent before the call was made.  Well, obviously, because I am not a complete idiot I did check what time the email had been sent and it was well after the call (and to be honest the "I've been trying to catch up with you" in the first email does suggest it might have been your second mode of contact?)  I even asked an IT friend to confirm that the time on an email was, well the time of an email!  We will however not let that get in the way of you getting the last word in (like every other bloody time I have to deal with you) will we Horsemart?  P.S Ben, the phrase you were looking for was "I am very sorry for your loss."

I expect them to ask Mark if he'd like to advertise his stallion again next year!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Fatima and Juana

Enjoying seeing some sun today, excuse the halters, I decided just to unclip and let them bounce!