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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


The second lot of the morning return down the hill


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


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 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 Shaw returns down the uphill gallop after exercising

Staff in photograph: Harrison Shaw


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


Ben Lloyd-Slater and Roycano

Saddled Up

Joyroo is saddled up ready to gallop with Joanna

Staff in photograph: Joanna Mason Harrison Shaw


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


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


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.


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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