Welcome to part 5 of our blog!
Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend and enjoyed getting out and about showing in the sun. Due to being on foal watch, we didn’t get out ourselves, and of course no foals made an appearance! One thing we are learning in our 4th year of foaling is how very useful a crystal ball would be… No matter how carefully we check dates and observe the mares, they always seem to surprise us. Very grateful that Linds works from home so can manage on interrupted sleep. Every breeder we have spoken to has stressed how important it is to be with the mare during foaling due to how quickly things can go wrong. Although it’s awful to think about, we do our very best to be fully prepared. At the moment we are up through the night hourly to check, and if they look unsettled are sitting watching, so currently our eye bags have eye bags! Looking forward to sharing our new arrivals for our next blog.
We are excited for this year’s foals, as we hope to show our Rhos Extravagance with her foal at foot. Her 2020 foal Linsop Count On Me was born in the lockdown year, so we missed that season with them, so this will be the first mare & foal we will show! “Pixie” is in foal to the Cochran family’s Jackets Shades of Blue, we are hoping the foal will make a full up 138cm, with his/her sire’s limb and substance. Linsop Count On Me “Percy” will also be out showing for his 2yo season, having been the most gangly, leggy yearling, he has really come into his own this year and is starting to fill his frame. He should be a full up 148cm and all being well, will run on as our stud stallion.
Before foal watch, we managed to get both of our Novice Hacks out under saddle, and both managed some good placings and a red one, really looking forward to carrying on with their season properly once the foals are on the ground. We have learnt from this year and planned our 2023 foals to be due a bit earlier, which will mean we can make the RI qualifiers in time.
We are a little sad but incredibly excited that our first foal, the now 3yo Linsop Set the Scene (Anton Prince Charming X Brookhall Miss Milly) has been sold to the most fantastic home we could wish for. Malcolm will spend the summer out to grass at his new home, and go for backing over winter. We are really looking forward to seeing him out and about next year with his new little jockey, who he is a birthday present for which is just lovely.
Thank you for reading, and the very best of luck for the rest of the 2022 foaling and show season! We are always looking to meet and connect with other breeders as we progress with our journey, so feel free to add us as friends or follow our page on Facebook:
Linsop Stud & Show Team