See­ing world through pair of ears after week look­ing at screen

Western Morning News - - Horses -

Wel­come to this week’s

West­coun­try Horses.

Apolo­gies for the ra­dio si­lence but I’ve had my nose to the grind­stone for the past couple of weeks, firstly get­ting our monthly West­coun­try

Farmer sup­ple­ment safely off to the press and then par­tak­ing in a five-day train­ing course down at our lovely river­side of­fice in Truro.

And then come the week­end, it’s strictly “horsey time”, with his Lord­ship Ol­lie the ap­ple of my eye, as he is ev­ery day of the week of course! After five days spent mostly look­ing at a com­puter screen, I love see­ing the world through a pair of com­i­cally large ears.

I’m of­ten asked whether, once all the sum­mer’s agri­cul­tural shows are over for an­other year, things qui­eten down for me dur­ing the au­tumn and win­ter months. The an­swer to that ques­tion? No! Come rain or shine, there is al­ways a story to tell some­where in the re­gion, be it based on a farm or sta­ble yard. Plus, it’s not even worth think­ing about how hor­ren­dously bored I would be if all my story op­por­tu­ni­ties dried up come the end of Au­gust!

Any­way, turn­ing our at­ten­tions back to this com­ing week­end, I am look­ing for­ward to my an­nual trip to the West­coun­try Equine Fair, which sees West­point Ex­eter trans­formed for two days into a full-on horsey haven.

If you’ve not been before it’s def­i­nitely worth a jaunt ei­ther to­mor­row or on Sun­day, with loads of shopping op­por­tu­ni­ties plus in­sight­ful master classes from top rid­ers, ex­pert ad­vice, plenty of shopping op­por­tu­ni­ties and more. Turn over to page three to read more. I’ve cur­rently only got one thing on my “to buy” list – a bag of the fat­test, crunchi­est-look­ing car­rots I can find. No ques­tions as to who they are for! If I for­get, I’ll be in se­ri­ously big trou­ble!

Also in to­day’s sec­tion, Fran McEl­hone brings us her won­der­ful in­ter­view with Bic­ton Arena man­ager He­len West, who ear­lier this year be­came an ad­vanced level cross-coun­try course de­signer – only the sec­ond woman in Bri­tain to achieve this stan­dard.

If the first para­graph, in which He­len is quoted say­ing: “Cross-coun­try is a hugely risky sport, riskier than For­mula One, so when your name is on the course, it’s a mas­sive re­spon­si­bil­ity” doesn’t want to make you read on, then I don’t know what will! I think it’ll be best read with a cuppa in hand, turn over to page four for the full piece.

Last but my no means least, our much-loved Be­tween the Ears slot is back on page three. Does your view from the sad­dle trump to­day’s picture? If so, why not prove it and get in touch!

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