The Coronavirus crisis has escalated rapidly in the past week and we are now in lockdown as the country tries desperately to slow the spread and diminish a peak of cases. It is a most serious issue and one that makes training and racing horses of very small relevance.
Of course, we must continue to look after our horses and we are doing so within the social distancing regulations and with strict protocols. At each yard, we have a small team using staff who live together and are led by Jamie and Ciorstaidh.
The majority of the horses are out of work, instead, they go on the walker and spend a good eight hours turned out. It is not yet warm enough, nor are the horses ready to be out all of the time, but with rugs, lots of feed and care they should start to thrive in their new lifestyle.
We have a dozen or so still being ridden, mostly youngsters or those in rehabilitation, and a few new recruits. Gerry Mcgladery has sent us two from the flat to concentrate on jumping, Normal Norman and Book Of Invasions. Both horses love good ground so will be ideal for any late summer jumps racing.
Last week, which seems like a lifetime ago, Derek and Steven went to Ireland and chose a very athletic scopey four year old to join us; by Flemensfirth, Songofthelark's full brother Invitation Only won the Thyestes Chase last year and we hope that our horse can have the same class and ability
Joining us in rehabilitation is the very classy Blue Flight; he injured himself last October and is still recovering. The water treadmill and care that he receives at Kilduff should give him the best chance of doing so and he is a very exciting horse to have for the longterm if he can return to training.
We have a small team of horses getting ready in hope of a flat season and as soon as we know that summer jumping will go ahead then more will come in to start full training, and more staff will return to the yard.
There is an exceptional atmosphere on the yard and despite the gravity of the current situation, everyone is in good spirits. Behind the scenes, we are updating this website with staff and horse alterations and readying the yard and facilities for when the horses are all back in their usual work.
Until then we look forward to the restraints easing, and to life returning to normal. I hope that everyone connected to LRR can stay safe and healthy and join us again in the near future.