Richard and Kayley Woollacott were delighted to be able to host their open day on August 10th, where over 140 people attended. The day started at Big Brook Park at noon, where they had started training Point to Point horses back in 2006. The yard has grown enormously, and the couple can boast that they have enjoyed training in excess of 150 winners out of this yard.
A breaking demonstration, followed the introductory welcome drinks and a tour of the yards facilities. Richard then demonstrated his Monty Roberts’ technique of breaking and loose schooling the youngsters, together with the help of two of their young jockeys, Jamie Thomas and Heidi Lewis. The team have been busy working hard on breaking the youngsters and assessing them for their future careers. They have lots of exciting new horses for the forthcoming Point to Point season, including Cinevator, Jepek who was third for Richard in a Bumper, and lots of older horses which will hopefully appear again this season, such as Allerford Jack and Parkham Jack. Wak A Turtle is another who will be returning from a lay off. Currently for sale, Turtle has been placed in two novice chases & they feel is perfect for the coming Point to Point season. The yard had several others with potential and looking for new owners including Le Clo De La Londe, a recent French import, previously placed second over hurdles.
Everyone was then invited back to the Nethercott yard for food and drink and a tour of some fabulous National Hunt horses, including Spa Hill, Liberty One, Kudu Shine, Millanisi Boy, Kruseman, Floresco and Silver Grove. The facilities at Nethercott Manor include various grass and all weather gallops, woodland rides, cross country jumping, indoor school, water treadmill, streams regular turnout, and they say most importantly fantastic staff, of which they employ five at both yards.
Their staff were out in force to help the day run smoothly, with all the teams hard work being rewarded, and all those that attended, had a thoroughly lovely and informative day.