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Archive for February, 2010

This is one of the local charities that Keith and I like to support. I have created a page using information supplied  by Shaun’s father explaining the purpose of the fund and why it was set up.

Ray and Paula work tirelessly to raise funds, organising runs, racenights, dances, talks. They welcome any fundraising ideas. If you go to Shaun’s page you can find out more about SDBTT and how to contact Ray and Paula.

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Beth and Brenda have been busy complying another quiz. The theme this time is Scotland and Yorkshire. Beths’ quiz is on Scotland and Brenda has done the one on Yorkshire. There are prizes for each one so at a cost of £1 it is great value. You can pick up a copy from Anne’s, Horsefair Newsagents, Boroughbridge. Completed quizs need to be returned by 31 July 2010.

Prizes     Scotland                             Yorkshire

1st          Octopus Clock                    £20.00

2nd        Heart Clock                         £10.00

3rd         Teapot Clock                     £5.00

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Retraining Racehorses

Over twenty years ago I started breeding from Minskip Miss my ex racehorse who was placed once at three years old. She bred a nice show hack Minskip Millenium who won at county level in hand and was fourth at the Royal International. Three of Minskip Miss’s foals got on to the racetrack. Minskip Merlin was placed second twice as a two year old and we think would have won a race or two at three but sadly broke his leg on the gallops. He was a lovely horse with a super temperament and I still miss him. His half sister, Horsefair Dancer (Gypsy) was placed as a two year old but suffered an accident while out in the field and was retired from racing. She was brought back to health and with time and patience has been retrained. She is now owned by my sister, Jane. Last Sunday Jane entered her in her first dressage competition, she was ridden by Kath Barley who has helped with the retraining and also teaches Jane and me. We all just hoped that she would behave and our wildest expectations were met when not only did she behave but she won her class!

Gypsy’s half sister, Kannie Annie whose claim to fame on the racecourse was never to beat another horse is her field companion and I shall start her retraining this winter. She is very laid back so hopefully can follow Gypsy and become a dressage horse.

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Keith and I do not get the opportunity for a weekend away often but on Saturday Elaine and Rebecca, our part time staff looked after the shop so we could go to  our niece, Sarah’s wedding to fiancee Stuart.

It was a lovely service, Sarah, the bride looked beautiful and the reception was outstanding. The reception was held at Prestwold Hall, a fabulous setting. The meal was of the highest standard and the staff were friendly and professional. I would recommend it to anyone.

We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and wish Sarah and Stuart a long and happy future together.

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Otley Farmer’s Market

When we first opened the shop we used to trade 7 days a week but after several years realised that being so close to two supermarkets the turnover on a Sunday did not justify Keith and I being involved. So we decided to close Sundays and have a day of leisure. We usually go for a country walk or catch up on our own shopping.

This Sunday we went to the farmers’ market at Otley. It is held the last Sunday of each month. There are a good number of stalls selling all sorts of farmer fare. We came away with meat pies, quiche, beef, chicken, bread,  herbs and spices. It is going to take a bit longer to shed the Christmas pounds!

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