New season, new team and probably the best view from an office, ever!

It’s been an eventful few months since my last blog post and a lot has happened since I finished my assignment as the Bidpoint man in June. I had the rest of the summer off but the free time wasn’t wasted as I managed to get to grips with the garden. I also had a gin or two, did some decorating, and managed to get on the wife’s nerves a fair bit – Mrs S will confirm that I’m quite good at that!

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I quite enjoy this gardening lark!

As summer turned to autumn the search for a new career commenced, although doors were slamming shut left, right and centre and the self styled coolest 51 year old in Warwickshire was starting to get a bit concerned. Then a surprise lifeline arrived from G&T Ellis Racing.

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Even the horses were laughing when I first turned up at the Ellis yard!

How did that happen? I had never put a rug or a head collar on a horse and thought that mucking out three stables an hour was quite good so when I was blowing out of my arse on the first morning I can only imagine what Tom and Gina were thinking!

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Shit and straw… that pretty much sums up the first part of my morning!

I know what I was thinking, I’d found a new lease of life and by the Tuesday of the first week I knew this was for me. I loved my new ‘office’, I was just hoping that Tom, Gina and the team felt the same way!

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They’re smiling, I must be doing ok

It took four days before I was issued with my first bollocking, although it was quite a mild one as bollockings go! I had managed to get a couple of horses mixed up and popped them in the wrong stables. An easy mistake to make you might think with a barn full of brown horses… except one was black and the other was brown. Anyway, no harm was done and there was plenty of ‘banter’ the following morning.

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I now know where they all live… although I needed a spreadsheet and some help from Charlie!
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The view from my new office… awful isn’t it?

One week has turned into four and I’m working hard and learning something new every day. The soft office hands are a thing of the past and I love being part of this team – it’s also finally helped me to leave the ‘AGA man’ behind (I’m ‘big bear’ now).

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Going pointing when the team has a runner is a new experience, it’s even better when we have a winner!
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You look at schooling in a different light when you’ve helped to build the fences!
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A visit to Dan Skelton Racing to watch some of our pointers work was a nice treat for a Friday afternoon.
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You can’t beat a frosty morning on the gallops!

There’s plenty for me to write about so my blog posts will be a lot more regular as I give an inside view of life in a busy point-to-point yard – with lots of photos of course! There’ll also be lots of stories about standing in a field watching horse racing, plus, there will be news from the trainer and the champ about our plans for the season ahead. Gin might also get a mention from time to time but there will definitely NOT be a blog about the yard Christmas party!

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There might even be a yard Christmas card this year!

Check back later this week for an update from the trainer about our plans for the busy festive period.

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