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GORCOMBE RACING NEWS

23rd October

Hi all, we are finally going racing!! Whoop whoop!

Not sure how much we are going to be allowed to enjoy it all as they put more lockdowns in place but we are hoping to get Findus out next week at Newton abbot and possibly Rascal as well!

Would normally be very exciting and a time to be looking forward to sharing the day with club members but we just have to hope that we get to share the day with a couple of others and most of all that they run well as they have both been off for a while, but both are ready for a run according to Jimmy!

Will give more of an update in a few days

12th October

Lunar and bolt finally headed back down to Jimmy’s today, and when I mean finally it was because it took nearly a couple of hours to load them where they were so stubborn and only after Lunar had flattened Joe, one of the racing club followers who had popped in to see them off! Fortunately Joe only has a small wound to his head and a bigger one to his pride, but now appreciates the power of the new club horse!Maybe it will help with more ideas for names!

We have had an excellent suggestion for one of the horses which we will most certainly be using at some point on a horse even if it’s not in this competition for lunar and bolt; Steph Fisher will be getting a complimentary two tickets for her suggestion of Gorcombe and Wise! Just brilliant, as they are my dads all time favourite comedians!👍

Check out our last post for details on the competition!

8th October

So, competition heads on!

It has been decided that Lunar will become the club horse!
He was chosen very scientifically; I called their names across the field and Lunar was the first one to get to me!
But Bolt still needs to be named too, as he will also remain a Gorcombe horse and potential reserve for the club!
The best three names I like will be put to the club members to choose the final name for Lunar, and I will have a family vote on Bolts choice from his best three entries!
Each of the winners of the final name chosen will be invited with a partner to the races as one of the owners when a suitable racing date can be organised with them!
If the winning name is suggested more than once it will be the first person who suggested it that will be the winner rather than a shared prize!
So far we already have several suggested names we like such as:

LUNAR
Moon over Gorcombe!
Gorcombe Moonshine
Gorcombe lunartic
Moony at Gorcombe!

BOLT
Gorcombe Thunder
Gorcombe Blitz
The Gorcombe bolt

The one rule is that the name has to include Gorcombe!

I look forward to seeing your entries and naming them soon!

Please enter via the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GorcombeRacing

 28th September

So a bit of a disappointing end to Johns race last weekend and even worse it was kind of how Jimmy had predicted it may go!! With that information, Jim’s and Bryony’s feedback we have made the very difficult decision of ending Johns racing career and looking for a new home that suits him better! Hopefully we may have already found him this new home where he will be hacking out, dressage and being shown, funnily enough the first person that met him has already put in an offer!

His potential new home is on the edge of a lake and forest with amazing countryside all around so we think he would be very happy there.

This does however mean the introduction of a new horse to the racing club either Lunar or Bolt. Which one will be decided by the club members but this will also bring the naming of the two horses and the free competition to do this! This we will start as they return to training in the next couple of weeks! So get those thinking caps going as we already have a couple of great suggestions!

Check out the latest pictures on the Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/GorcombeRacing

19th September

Travelling down to watch John have his first run out since his wind operation. It’s nice to feel we are back up and running but a bit rubbish we can’t share it with anyone or enjoy the atmosphere of a crowd.

Hoping John will show some signs of improvement from his previous runs but not really any expectations at all as it looks like a pretty tough race hence his long odds!

The main thing will be to see if he can run a whole race, finish then wait to hear the feedback from Bryony! He certainly isn’t the finished article but we do think he is fit enough so fingers crossed for a good day for him!

 9th September

The weather seems to have started breaking and the ground having a bit more give so we have decided to put the third horse from the club Rascal in to training. Took him down to Jimmy’s this week and saw Findus and John both put through their paces which was nice to see them getting their fitness!
Meanwhile at home Rocket has made great friends with Elvis out in the field regularly grooming and playing with each other!

 See the video on Facebook here! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=771881206982983&extid=BaTH9wusHWR52CS7

4th September

Exciting days the last couple of days as first we tried to introduce little rocket to the herd!

All the yearlings were very good with her but Lunar and Bolt gave us a very nervous 10 minutes as they tried to play with her until they finally stopped and we managed to seperate them again! Only to then spend the rest of the time with each other but on opposite sides of the fence!

Today we introduced Elvis and Skye to the herd along with Rocket! Far less nerve wracking but Elvis really stood out along with Spencer as they galloped about!

He has truly grown into a very good looking and large foal now! See the video here https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=360

26th August

Interesting start today when Rocket had her early morning feed, having eaten and had her after breakfast scratch, I glanced over all the horses merrily grazing across the field and said hello to Rascal who came over for a pet! Until worryingly I couldn’t see either of the mares or the foals Elvis and Skye!

It took me all the way up the hill to their gate, and getting more worried as no sight of them before they appeared in a different paddock, as no one had told me they were moving them yesterday!

Had a nice picture sent of Findus and John back at work and starting to lose their holiday bulges and turn back to athletes!

See pictures on the Facebook page here! https://www.facebook.com/GorcombeRacing

11th August

Since the departure of Findus and John the others have been mostly enjoying their holiday, although the weather has made some days less fun!

Bolt has asserted himself as King of the field and if truth be said is quite a bully, having left teeth and kick marks on virtually all the others!

The others all seem pretty mellow and just seem to try avoid the attention of Bolt, which is not always that easy. Let’s just hope he takes that same confidence on to the race track!

The three Telescope foals Elvis, Skye and not so little Rocket are all really thriving and turning into some really nice looking youngsters, we really couldn’t be more pleased with them.Rocket can now finally look over the stable door, so we know she is growing! See video here via this link herehttps://www.facebook.com/GorcombeRacing/posts/166954738388283

21st July

As we see a very slow return to action at the extreme sports centre, we think this is the right time to start relaunching the Gorcombe racing team!

So we took a trip down to Jimmys to discuss the clubs horses and to look at the two young three year olds in action, Lunar and Bolt! And what a pleasure it was!

Jimmy, Bryony, Phillipa and Hayden have put some serious work in on the pair and we were all very excited with their potential! They will have a holiday now before returning in a few months to start their racing careers! During this time we will have to give them their racing names!

We would like to open this out to you all as a free competition, their names must include Gorcombe and be no more than 17 letters long! We will confirm more details and prizes shortly!!

Meanwhile we will make a decision on which horses in the club are most ready to return to training!! More updates will be with you real soon!?

Watch the linked video here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2608231952725087

11th July

As we get good news about pubs opening, we also have some more good news at the racing stables!

Seenigora came home from Devon and although her foal Skye was suffering from a stomach infection, which she has since recovered from, she has come home in foal to Phenomena who we really like!

And meanwhile, Rocket is continuing to flourish and growing really fast whilst making friends with Elvis and Skye over the fence under the watchful eye of sheep still! Not sure the two mums are quite ready to interact with little rocket yet though!

The grass has been cut, now hoping for some sunny weather to get some nice hay in for the winter before the big boys can get out into the big field for a gallop and playtime and maybe an introduction to the yearlings!

10th July 2020

Hope everyone is keeping themselves entertained and moving forward! We have welcomed Lunar and Bolt back home, they have settled in well but we have found Bolt to be extremely protective over his food!!

Little Rocket continues to thrive without her mum, the rest of the horses all seem to adore her and make an effort to spend time with her!

All the other horses seem to be enjoying themselves although Rascal is definitely missing John and Findus since departing for training after their summer holidays.

Findus and John have both settled back at Jimmys like true professionals, have their shoes back on and have already started cantering with the rain last week giving some much needed give in the ground!

Hopefully next week will see them progressing back to some small jumps and fingers crossed we will see some development or improvement from John since his operation!

All we will then need is to see the race courses welcoming people back to the race course so we can get some of you down there to see them!

4th July 2020

A couple of weeks have gone by and boy have they been sleepless, but eventually very rewarding and entertaining.

After the very sad loss of the excellent Champagne Rosie two weeks ago, our focus went very much to saving “Pocket Rocket” her little foal. At the start she obviously blamed us for her loss, spinning round lashing out at us with serious intent, along with trying not to take any milk!

After a couple of calls to foster groups, we didn’t really warm to the idea of a foster mum so persisted in hand feeding and ‘taming’ Rocket! What a great decision it was! She only took a couple of attempts to get hungry enough to accept some food, but trust and loneliness seemed to be an issue until we added an injured sheep to her stable. After the first terrifying encounter of an introduction to each other, staying at opposite ends of the stable, freaking out at any movement by their opposition they slowly settled and are now serious pals!

Rocket has proven to be extremely bright and very easy to teach. She soon learnt how to drink from a bucket, take some dry matter, learn manners and let us know when anything wasn’t right. Not only has she flourished, but she is so well natured now you don’t have to wear armour in to see her or be on guard. As long as she gets a good rub and some attention she really couldn’t be better company.

She now goes out in the field for a daily charge around and is already showing some of her mum’s talent, so fingers crossed this all continues and happier times are ahead of her!

We will of course keep you updated! To see the video of the foal follow the link to the Facebook post here https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=714677532663492

21st June 2020

Sad day!

A very sad day yesterday as the little still unnamed foal (although its looking between “Rocket” from pocket rocket, or “Rona” from Corona lockdown!) became an orphan!

We had to make a very hard decision to put her mum Champagne Rosie down after spending all day trying to get her to stand up again!

The little foal is proving to be a very tough little lady though and is slowly responding to our efforts!

Definitely one of the low points for Gorcombe Racing, but we all have our fingers crossed for the little foal!

 

11th June 2020

Even though lockdown has stopped the whole horse racing world, the Gorcombe Horses have moved forward and increased! We have had three new foals join us, all of them are sired by the very highly thought of “Telescope” so fingers crossed he lives up to his potential.

The first of the foals is a colt called “Elvis”, named by Mark the head groom, he is a cracking character who loves his attention, a big strong bright bay whose mum is “Seema” the mum of FindusatGorcombe. He is growing well although we did have a few scares over Seema with some bouts of colic but she seems to be improving now.

The second one was “Sky” who is a huge bright bay filly from “Seenigora”, she took a while to grow up on to her long legs but is getting more impressive daily, mum has done really well and taken everything in her stride as if a seasoned pro although only her second foal!

The last one to just join us is a small pocket rocket of a filly, tiny in size compared to the other two but very small and very strong, quite a handful at the moment and not keen to be groomed or disciplined but does love her bum scratched! She is the dark bay foal of Champagne Rosie and seems to have a lot of her attitude as well! We haven’t given this one a stable name as yet, but would like to invite you all to give it any suggestions! This is just its stable name not its race name, so nice and short please!

For more information on Gorcombe Racing, head to www.gorcomberacing.co.uk

GORCOMBE RACING NEWS

26th August

Interesting start today when Rocket had her early morning feed, having eaten and had her after breakfast scratch, I glanced over all the horses merrily grazing across the field and said hello to Rascal who came over for a pet! Until worryingly I couldn’t see either of the mares or the foals Elvis and Skye!

It took me all the way up the hill to their gate, and getting more worried as no sight of them before they appeared in a different paddock, as no one had told me they were moving them yesterday!

Had a nice picture sent of Findus and John back at work and starting to lose their holiday bulges and turn back to athletes!

See pictures on the Facebook page here! https://www.facebook.com/GorcombeRacing

11th August

Since the departure of Findus and John the others have been mostly enjoying their holiday, although the weather has made some days less fun!

Bolt has asserted himself as King of the field and if truth be said is quite a bully, having left teeth and kick marks on virtually all the others!

The others all seem pretty mellow and just seem to try avoid the attention of Bolt, which is not always that easy. Let’s just hope he takes that same confidence on to the race track!

The three Telescope foals Elvis, Skye and not so little Rocket are all really thriving and turning into some really nice looking youngsters, we really couldn’t be more pleased with them.Rocket can now finally look over the stable door, so we know she is growing! See video here via this link herehttps://www.facebook.com/GorcombeRacing/posts/166954738388283

21st July

As we see a very slow return to action at the extreme sports centre, we think this is the right time to start relaunching the Gorcombe racing team!

So we took a trip down to Jimmys to discuss the clubs horses and to look at the two young three year olds in action, Lunar and Bolt! And what a pleasure it was!

Jimmy, Bryony, Phillipa and Hayden have put some serious work in on the pair and we were all very excited with their potential! They will have a holiday now before returning in a few months to start their racing careers! During this time we will have to give them their racing names!

We would like to open this out to you all as a free competition, their names must include Gorcombe and be no more than 17 letters long! We will confirm more details and prizes shortly!!

Meanwhile we will make a decision on which horses in the club are most ready to return to training!! More updates will be with you real soon!?

Watch the linked video here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2608231952725087

11th July

As we get good news about pubs opening, we also have some more good news at the racing stables!

Seenigora came home from Devon and although her foal Skye was suffering from a stomach infection, which she has since recovered from, she has come home in foal to Phenomena who we really like!

And meanwhile, Rocket is continuing to flourish and growing really fast whilst making friends with Elvis and Skye over the fence under the watchful eye of sheep still! Not sure the two mums are quite ready to interact with little rocket yet though!

The grass has been cut, now hoping for some sunny weather to get some nice hay in for the winter before the big boys can get out into the big field for a gallop and playtime and maybe an introduction to the yearlings!

10th July 2020

Hope everyone is keeping themselves entertained and moving forward! We have welcomed Lunar and Bolt back home, they have settled in well but we have found Bolt to be extremely protective over his food!!

Little Rocket continues to thrive without her mum, the rest of the horses all seem to adore her and make an effort to spend time with her!

All the other horses seem to be enjoying themselves although Rascal is definitely missing John and Findus since departing for training after their summer holidays.

Findus and John have both settled back at Jimmys like true professionals, have their shoes back on and have already started cantering with the rain last week giving some much needed give in the ground!

Hopefully next week will see them progressing back to some small jumps and fingers crossed we will see some development or improvement from John since his operation!

All we will then need is to see the race courses welcoming people back to the race course so we can get some of you down there to see them!

4th July 2020

A couple of weeks have gone by and boy have they been sleepless, but eventually very rewarding and entertaining.

After the very sad loss of the excellent Champagne Rosie two weeks ago, our focus went very much to saving “Pocket Rocket” her little foal. At the start she obviously blamed us for her loss, spinning round lashing out at us with serious intent, along with trying not to take any milk!

After a couple of calls to foster groups, we didn’t really warm to the idea of a foster mum so persisted in hand feeding and ‘taming’ Rocket! What a great decision it was! She only took a couple of attempts to get hungry enough to accept some food, but trust and loneliness seemed to be an issue until we added an injured sheep to her stable. After the first terrifying encounter of an introduction to each other, staying at opposite ends of the stable, freaking out at any movement by their opposition they slowly settled and are now serious pals!

Rocket has proven to be extremely bright and very easy to teach. She soon learnt how to drink from a bucket, take some dry matter, learn manners and let us know when anything wasn’t right. Not only has she flourished, but she is so well natured now you don’t have to wear armour in to see her or be on guard. As long as she gets a good rub and some attention she really couldn’t be better company.

She now goes out in the field for a daily charge around and is already showing some of her mum’s talent, so fingers crossed this all continues and happier times are ahead of her!

We will of course keep you updated! To see the video of the foal follow the link to the Facebook post here https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=714677532663492

21st June 2020

Sad day!

A very sad day yesterday as the little still unnamed foal (although its looking between “Rocket” from pocket rocket, or “Rona” from Corona lockdown!) became an orphan!

We had to make a very hard decision to put her mum Champagne Rosie down after spending all day trying to get her to stand up again!

The little foal is proving to be a very tough little lady though and is slowly responding to our efforts!

Definitely one of the low points for Gorcombe Racing, but we all have our fingers crossed for the little foal!

 

11th June 2020

Even though lockdown has stopped the whole horse racing world, the Gorcombe Horses have moved forward and increased! We have had three new foals join us, all of them are sired by the very highly thought of “Telescope” so fingers crossed he lives up to his potential.

The first of the foals is a colt called “Elvis”, named by Mark the head groom, he is a cracking character who loves his attention, a big strong bright bay whose mum is “Seema” the mum of FindusatGorcombe. He is growing well although we did have a few scares over Seema with some bouts of colic but she seems to be improving now.

The second one was “Sky” who is a huge bright bay filly from “Seenigora”, she took a while to grow up on to her long legs but is getting more impressive daily, mum has done really well and taken everything in her stride as if a seasoned pro although only her second foal!

The last one to just join us is a small pocket rocket of a filly, tiny in size compared to the other two but very small and very strong, quite a handful at the moment and not keen to be groomed or disciplined but does love her bum scratched! She is the dark bay foal of Champagne Rosie and seems to have a lot of her attitude as well! We haven’t given this one a stable name as yet, but would like to invite you all to give it any suggestions! This is just its stable name not its race name, so nice and short please!

For more information on Gorcombe Racing, head to www.gorcomberacing.co.uk