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Winter Diary @ Mick Easterby Racing


Winter has descended up here in Ryedale, and although the temperature frequently dips below zero in a morning, the work goes on. At this time of year training continues with the National Hunt horses, but with the rapid expansion of all weather racing our flat horses have many more opportunities and many stay in training beyond the traditional end of the turf flat season. The new tapeta track at Newcastle is just up the road, and we have become regulars at Chelmsford City where our strike rate is very good indeed!

The longer flat season means that owners get many more chances to see their racehorses, and they can run right through them winter. This means the horses need their exercise all year round and here we have some pictures of our winter regime. Of course much of our time is also spent with the yearlings as they approach their second birthday and are already getting ready for the new flat season in 2017.

Here at Mick Easterby Racing the work never stops!


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Sunrise over Sheep Close

The horses return to the yard as the sun rises over Sheep Close Farm on a bitterly cold December morning







Sunrise from the Saddle

A magnificent photo taken by Megan Nicholls as she heads back down the gallop followed by Harrison Shaw.




Photo by Megan Nicholls
Staff in photograph: Harrison Shaw




Sunrise

The second lot of the morning return down the hill







Roycano

Takes a pull as he rounds the bend







Jo and Megan

The ladies return down the hill with Banny's Lad and Sam's Gunner


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




Banny's Lad

Tackles the uphill gallop


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




Harrison Shaw

On the uphill gallop


Staff in photograph: Harrison Shaw




Sam's Gunner Getcha

Megan Nicholls rides Sam's Gunner


Staff in photograph: Megan Nicholls




Miss Sheridan

Miss Sheridan looks out of her box into the cold







Ladies

Joanna and Megan ready to take out the next lot


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




Frozen Heart

Heart Locket gallops through the frozen fields on an icy morning







Caroline

Caroline Bartram is at the yard this morning exercising the jumpers.







Welcome Megan

Apprentice jockey Megan Nicholls is welcomed to the yard


Staff in photograph: Michael Easterby




Harrison

Harrison Shaw returns down the uphill gallop after exercising


Staff in photograph: Harrison Shaw




Hoofalong

After a fabulous season Hoofalong is in the warmth of the barn having his winter break, alongside Perfect Pasture and Kalk Bay.







Roycano

Ben Lloyd-Slater and Roycano







Saddled Up

Joyroo is saddled up ready to gallop with Joanna


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason Harrison Shaw




Cold!!

Joyroo and Joanna canter up the gallop though the frosty fields


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




The Inside Story

Joanna reports back to Alan and Gary how their horse worked this morning. He is looking good.


Staff in photograph: Mark Cobb David Easterby Joanna Mason




Back to the Box

After exercise Joanna takes her horse back to his box.


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




Yearlings

A Poet's Voice yearling is ridden by Megan







Yearlings training

Joanna and our Zebedee yearling do the rounds of the barn


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




Boing Boing

Joanna gets out of the way as our Zebedee yearling gets ready for exercise


Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason




Qaffaal

Five times a winner in 2016, Qaffaal takes a well earned rest







Fred's Sister

Half sister of Bowson Fred, this filly out of Bow Bridge shows that fun and frolics run in the family.







Freddie

Bowson Fred is his entertaining self!







Below Freezing

Riding out and its minus two this morning, best to keep well wrapped up.

Joanna, Nathan and Harrison wrapped up with their scarves keeping out the icy blast.




Photo by Joanna Mason
Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason Nathan Evans Harrison Shaw







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