Foaling season comes to an end

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The foaling season came to an end on the 16th June when boarding mare September Blaze scanned in foal to Telescope.

Charlotte and I work closely alongside stud vet Jacek Bobkiewicz of Woodlands Equine Services to ensure the foaling season runs as smoothly as possible. We have healthy mares and foals on the ground and all mares that were covered are successfully back in foal.

We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank our very hardworking team who work tirelessly throughout the season. We couldn’t do it without you. The Elkington Stud team can now take a well earned break (and catch up with some sleep) before the yearlings come in for sales preparation.

We’d also like to thank our owners for their continued support and for entrusting us with their beloved horses. We look forward to inviting your mare’s back next season.

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Yearling sales entries 2017

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On Friday Todd Watt (Tattersalls) and Tim Kent (GOFFS UK) made their annual visits to Elkington to assess the yearlings. Although we have an idea as to which sale the yearlings will get into ultimately it is the sales representatives that have the final say.

Todd came to us first thing in the morning and Tim joined us in the afternoon. This gave the horses and staff a good break in-between shows. Luckily the weather was beautiful and the yearlings showed themselves off beautifully despite the fillies enjoying the sunshine too much and all having a nap in the sand school prior to Todd’s arrival!

It’s always interesting to hear the sales representatives opinions on our stock and we were delighted with the comments on the yearlings condition and appearances.

The sales entries are confirmed as follows:

  • Sepoy x Intermission filly – Tattersalls Book 3
  • Lethal Force x Jadwiga filly – Tattersalls Book 3
  • Kyllachy x Dream in Waiting filly – Tattersalls Book 3
  • Mukhadram x Skyrider colt – Tattersalls Book 3
  • Garswood x Galante filly – Tattersalls Book 4
  • Bated Breath x Glee Club filly is to be retained.

The yearlings are available to view at Elkington Stud prior to the sales if required. Please contact us for a viewing appointment.

Foaling Information Morning

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Members of the Cheltenham and Three Counties Race Club visited today for our very first Foaling Information Morning. Sadly we couldn’t open the event up to non-members on this occasion as we soon reached maximum capacity. We aim to run more foaling events next season to make sure that everyone showing an interest doesn’t miss out. We’re delighted that our events are so well supported, so thank you all for your interest and for getting involved!

The morning discussion consisted of a variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Foaling kit requirements
  • Management of the pregnant mare
  • Physical and behavioural changes in the mare close to foaling
  • Brief explanation of the three stages of labour and normal foaling presentation
  • Brief explanation of common dystocia and post partum complications in the mare
  • Aftercare of the mare and foal. Including why colostrum is so important!

We introduced our resident mares and their 2017 foals who were very bold and appreciative of all the attention! The broodmares are always particularly pleased to be involved with the events as they know carrots and polos are plentiful!

Foal cuddles along with cake, biscuits, tea and coffee always go down well. We hope our visitors had an educational morning. The photos attached were taken on the day by the very talented Sarah Matthews who kindly organised the event with stud manager Natalie. Thank you Sarah.

We’re looking forward to holding more events in the future so keep an eye out on here and on Twitter for updates.

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Kingsdown Stables Visit

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Jane, Charlotte and I managed to find a spare morning on Monday to visit Gold Return (Ourika x Gold Away) and Last Word (Intermission x Bated Breath) in training with David Lanigan at Kingsdown Stables, Lambourn.

Kingsdown really does have the most fantastic facilities, truly breathtaking. David’s team are second to none and it’s clear they all love their job; all horses were beautifully turned out and there wasn’t one person without a smile on their face the whole morning.

It was lovely to see all the horses so calm on a Monday morning, they went quietly up the gallops and walked home relaxed on loose reins. Once back at the yard (weather depending) David likes them to have a pick of grass. Luckily for us the sun was shining and we got to spend ten minutes watching them graze and have a fuss with the lads and lasses that look after them. We’re very grateful to the team for doing such a great job with our girls.

With Gold Return looking to have another run very soon and Last Word aiming to have her debut in September there is plenty to look forward to. We’ll keep any racing updates on the news page.