STABLE VISIT – TINA JACKSON
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First of all, on behalf of all guests and members and owners in Panther, I wish to thank Tina and Howard for allowing Panther to put on the stable visit (the first Tina has ever held), as well as the staff Belinda, Rachael and Holly. All put in a tremendous amount of preparation and time for our entertainment. Also, to Bob Champion who came as a guest but was drafted in as a helping hand to rug up the horses – albeit upside down. Unfortunately, Bob has since been sacked and now back in his day job! Weather forecasts had promised to be good but on the morning, the mist on the moors was in places thick and also combined with a fret coming off the sea. Early morning looked set for the horses to have to be paraded indoors but fortunately things improved and although it remained grey, it was dry and Tina paraded the horses in the courtyard. Fifty people had booked and quite a few had also made a weekend away out of the visit by staying in Whitby. Unfortunately, one couple couldn’t get booked in and diverted to Scarborough, so hopefully my plug for Whitby in previous blogs will not go unnoticed by the Tourist board – cheque to the PO box please.
Following refreshments and videos, (many thanks to Belinda who had baked several cakes), guests were split into two groups for a tour of the yard’s facilities, one led by Tina and the other by Howard. Apologies to guests confronted by Alan with a mouthful of ginger cake, as he never seemed to have a piece out of his hand. Whilst discussing the starting stalls, Howard managed to load three unsuspecting ‘volunteers’ into them and on starters orders Keith made a great break and was looking determined to jump the brush hurdle just infront – until coming back to his senses. After the yard tour, Tina paraded the horses and all looked well and pretty much all had the big scopey look of chasers. Hurdles for them are just a stepping stone for the main job. There is a detailed list below of each horse paraded.
Next it was off to the gallops to watch Ardesia going through his paces. Listening to Howard explain about how the gallops were laid and the full details of how they had to be specifically drained, shows how much detailed planning goes behind what many would take as ‘just gallops’. Then it was off to the Water Wheel Inn (lots of racing photographs adorning the walls) for a carvery lunch. Booking had been initially for 20 but Ian the manager said on the morning he had extra placings and the number swelled to 34 with the group being given our own private room. It was without doubt a meal to savour, with a monster starter of 3 Yorkshire puds and gravy indicating what was to follow. Not many had the third course.
The horses (photographs in the gallery) paraded by Tina were :
MISS SUNFLOWER – 9 y. old ch. mare by KEEN. First homebred. Winner of 2 points and placed in nov. chases. Always pick of the paddock and Tina’s blue eyed girl.
MISS TOSCA – 10 y. old bay mare by OSCAR. Came from Ireland. Winner of 2 points and will continue in points and hunter chases this season.
GEORGEDOUBLEYOU – 10 y. old bay gelding by LORD AMERICO. Impressive looking chasing sort. Well handicapped hurdler who will certainly jump a fence.
BABBLON BROOKE - 6 y. old ch. gelding by BOB BACK. Winner of a point in Ireland. Will start off hurdling but intentions are to be chasing also this season.
HADA MEN – 6 y. old bay gelding by DYNAFORMER. Been running on flat and now been schooled over hurdles. Ready to run now and enteries being made.
ARDESIA – 8 y. old bay gelding by RED SUNSET. Winner of 5 over hurdles and ideally suited to Cartmel. Won 2 races in 4 days there. A real ‘character’ who jinked Belinda off a couple of days before the visit – hence Belinda walking around with a broken collar bone at the visit.
ERICA – 5. y. old grey mare by BOLLIN ERIC. Half sister to Miss Sunflower and set to run in bumpers this season.
CLARKE 4 y. old grey gelding by CLERKENWELL. Half brother to Miss Sunflower. Another for bumpers this season.
NO LADY – 4 y. old bay mare by EXIT TO NOWHERE. From a well bred winning family and from the THATCHMIRE STUD. Will run bumpers this season.
JIMMY MAC – 5 y. old bay gelding by BOLLIN WILLIAM. Will run in bumpers or points this season.
BORIS THE BLADE – 9 y. old grey gelding by CLOUDINGS. Winner of 4 over hurdles and fences and placed. 3 mile plus chaser who wants soft or heavier ground. Big stamina horse. Had intended to have run at Haydocks big meeting last Sat. but ground wasn’t soft enough. Next race likely to be the Borders National at Kelso. A horse in Panther and should give plenty of interest this season.
SORY – 4 y. old by SAKHEE. Flat bred and has run this past turf season with lots of promise when still on the weak side. A scopey individual who will now go hurdling. Thought to want a trip but may still be on the weak side at present to get it. Has been schooled and entries being made now. Chasing will be the game later but would be disappointed if doesn’t mature into a good hurdler before then. Panther has just become involved in Sory and shares are available. See individual horse details on his own page for syndication details.
Other youngters at the yard but not paraded were :
WILLIAM WILD – 3 y. old bay gelding by BOLLIN ERIC
PURPLE HARRY – 3 y. old grey gelding by SIR HARRY LEWIS.
ROGER – 2 y. old bay gelding by REVOQUE
FEDERER – 2 y. old bay gelding by REVOQUE
WINSTON – Yearling colt by OVERBURY
WILMA – Yearling filly by FAIR MIX
TEDDY – Colt foal by ALFLORA
SALLY SCALLY – 19 y. old ch. mare by SCALLYWAG
WINNIE WILD – 14 y. old bay mare by PRIMITIVE RISING.
Tina’s horses mostly tend to have that same look of big chasing types. The yard has a lot of youngsters coming through and I’m sure all will wish Tina, staff and owners all the very best for the coming season. Pauline who owns and manages the THATCHMIRE STUD (also on the Yorkshire Moors near to Tina’s) was at the visit and has invited members of Panther to a visit in the Spring when the foals have been born. There are 19 horses on the stud at present with more coming early next year.
Again many thanks to Tina, Howard, Belinda, Rachael and Holly plus the yard helpers who all gave their time to put on the visit for Panther.
LATEST HORSES WITH TINA ARE MANYSHADESOFBLACK / BORIS THE BLADE / NO LADY / HITMAN HARRY