Rosie Fry’s eventing blog: hunt balls and high morale on the racing yard

  • I am pleased to say that there are no Fry injuries to report this week, a good start compared to my last blog!

    We had a great day’s hunting with the Warwickshire (pictured at the meet) on the Saturday before last. They hunt over very different country from the Blackmore Vale with fewer gates to open and close, more jumps and drier ground.

    It is lovely to have a complete change of scenery and the field master, Sam Butler, led the way over lots of jumps and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.  Emma Sewell (former H&H employee) very kindly let us wash the horses off at her house afterwards and then they went home with our hard-working groom, Bridget, while we headed off to the hunt ball. Very spoilt!

    It has been a very successful week for the Harry Fry Racing team, having 4 winners from 9 runners. Highland Retreat got the ball rolling last Monday with a fantastic win in the Mare’s Listed Hurdle at Kempton with Noel Fehily on board. She is owned by Richard Barber, Harry’s landlord, and was Harry’s first ever winner so she is rather special. It’s great the horses are running so well and this keeps the morale high in the yard.

    I was thrilled that Cue Card won the Betfair Chase at Haydock for the Tizzards, who are very hard-working dairy farmers in Dorset and no one deserved it more. We had a chance to celebrate their win at the Blackmore & Sparkford Vale hunt ball on Saturday, which Emma, Joe’s wife, helps organise. It was a fabulous evening and I think the win was celebrated in the style it deserved!


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