The Stallions that are standing at Girsonfield all have excellent temperaments and very high fertility. The veterinary care provided is excellent - making sure your mare has the best possible chance of being in foal when she comes home.
This weekend we hope to have a few runners. At Newcastle on Sunday, Dun to Perfection will run over the shorter distance of 2 miles. We have tried to enter him on a number of occasions and have been unlucky in the ballot. Billericky Allstar will run in the Bumper with a view to settling her and running next over hurdles - which she has schooled beautifully over.
Sedgefield for Dun to Perfection on Tuesday - all being well. We were balloted out of Carlisle. We also have Mobane Ali down to run but the ground will probably turn too soft for her. Pictured are Dun to Perfection ridden by Romario Harding - our NVQ 2 student. and Jamie Corbett riding Mobane Ali ( far side ).
Interested people are asking to be informed of our runners. Well we have had a permit to train for a year and have had 3 wins and 11 places so far. 26th February we hope to run Dun to Perfection in the ladies Am. race at Catterick. Mobane Ali also makes a reappearance on the track after she injured herself in her last race. We will also take Billerickyallstar to Sedgefield on Sunday along with Blakemans Law. That is, of course, with horses and weather permitting!
We are ticking over at Girsonfield in the snow. managing to get the horses nearest a race out in the snow. That includes Dun to Perfection, Spirit Walker, Mobane Ali and Blakemans Law. Yearlings and brood mares are enjoying a quick frolic in the snow. Good to see our newest member of staff getting in from Hawick, over the border in Scotland - well done Callum and his Subaru!
Definite Appeal, our much loved stable star, came home by a neck at Newcastle. His first run this season, he was ridden so well and confidently by Gary Rutherford - one of the most up and coming young jockeys in the North. Where next?
Well after three 'p's - pulled up! I was worried that this home bred horse had been badly named! I threatened poor Steven Mulqueen with death if he did not finish the 4th race - even if he had to trot around! Suffice to say he finished fourth and followed up with another fourth at Hexham. At Carlisle in November he 'sauntered into the lead' and won by three lengths at 40 -1! Well done to Mr Walton and son Richard - the only known people to have backed him - faith indeed!
When the horse doesn't run as well as we thought he would....coming home to Josh not only doing the horses but lighting the fire.
Turning us into grandparents with the birth of Harley - Ray William Corbett!
After a very poor start to the Point to Point season with the weather - highlight - gently sinking the lorry in the mud at Witton Castle to hear 'abandoned' and just pure bad luck - carried out while lying second on Dodge the Bullet - the world changed when Jamie rode Definite Appeal to be 3rd in a Hunter Chase at Kelso quickly followed up by two wins at the Haydon and Border Point to Points. Well done Jamie - first wins!
We have Pearts doing our gallop and the excitement is mounting. I have to say that they have been brilliant and have worked so hard to beat the weather and achieve our deadlines. Thanks to One North East and Business Link for their help, which made it possible.
Watching the weather this week to decide the entries at Tranwell on the 10th April. Claresburn wants soft, Master Bud, pictured ridden by Jakub, needs good ground for his first run - and Dodge the Bullet - just needs a bit of luck after been carried out by two loose horses last week at Overton!
This is the Ferrule colt, only two weeks old, being taught to lead by new NVQ student - Melissa.
This is a tremendous colt foal, out of the mare Barrosa. Fran, our NVQ 2 student is pictured drying him off.
Pictured is one of our students bringing a mare to the teasing board - I am happy to report that Bahri is firing on all cylinders and the first pregnant mares started to go home last week
All the horses love the snow and have a great time! Here is the Millkom x Piracy colt on the left and Rambo now the stud babysitter!
Here we are and it is just November, Horses in every nook and cranny - new stables about to arrive - when the snow goes! Still life goes on.....exercising the pointers in the snow..
Yes this stocky young man is the foal that has become the stud mascot. After a poor start, with legs going in all directions, he is an upright character now a yearling, who is babysitting the Pointers, teaching young horses to load and acting as a traveling companion when required.
Jakub Kocman, the up and coming Conditional jockey riding in the North, is spending his holidays in the Czech Republic and has so far rode in 16 races. He has 2 seconds , 2 thirds , 3 fourths , 1 fifth. He has also qualified for Grand PARDUBICE - Take care Jakub we want you back in one piece!
When clients come to collect their mares and foals and are amazed at how good their foals are and how much they have grown.
Courtesy of The National Stud
National Stud Congratulations to Susan Corbett, owner and manager of Girsonfield Stud on becoming the first person to achieve the NVQ level 3 Management of Stallions unit.
Girsonfield Stud, in Northumberland, has over 600 acres and was converted to a modern stud farm from a livestock enterprise over 10 years by Susan and her husban...d Frank.
Pictured is Susan Corbett with the Danehill stallion Ferrule whose first crop are two year olds this year. Along with Gr1 sire Millkom and Ferrule, Susan is delighted to announce that BAHRI (Riverman) will also be standing at Girsonfield for the 2011 season.
Susan is also a qualified assessor, and a long time supporter of the National Stud’s Apprenticeship Students, having provided many trainees with the best possible grounding via a work placement so that they complete their industry training.