We have had an exciting and busy few months at PFB as we negotiate a busy eventing season whilst managing the breeding operation. 3 new foals as well as mare insemination and embryo transfer keeps us all on our toes. It actually feels like our stud vet, Millie Stewart-Wood of Valley Equine Hospital, lives at Brook Farm!
The competition horses have all been going very well and getting some great results – Parkfield Quintessential stepped up to CIC** level very successfully being placed 2nd and 3rd in each of his two
starts. 5yr old Francoe PFB (the handsome one) is really coming into his own this year winning 3 out of his 5 BE100 starts, and also winning both of his classes on his BD debut – a really exciting young horse! Finduss PFB (Loopy Louis) is getting better and better each time out. Watch this space with him – we are excited. Parkfield Exclusive has also stepped up to Novice this season and has had some great results, consistently jumping double clears and becoming a horse you can really rely on. Such a darling to have on the yard too. Everyone’s favourite.
Our 3 foals are growing so fast it’s hard to keep up! It’s so nice to see the little monsters from the kitchen window all turned out together and really developing personalities. They are so cheeky. Our youngest filly, Parkfield Folies Bergere (Folie) and colt Parkfield Vicarage Vee (Victor) have become inseparable, Victor is following Folie round the field like a love sick puppy! Man up Victor, she’s running rings around you! Watching them playing together and really enjoying life is what breeding is all about. Who could fail to be charmed by such antics? It wasn’t so much smiles as tears when full sister to Quinty, Parkfield Little Phoenix gave us such a scare. 16 hours post birth saw us rushing to Valley Equine Hospital with a very poorly Phoenie. It’s hard to believe she was so ill now as she’s developed into such a lovely, strong foal. She is so much like Quinty when he was the same age although a little more precocious!
The youngstock are all doing very well and enjoying summer sunshine. We recently took some of the young boys down to Devon for a mini break (it’s great being a PFB horse) where we have paddocks with lots of grass which will do them good. The journey will have done them good although the narrow Devon lanes did little for Stud Manager, Gabbie’s nerves. The boys were very good to load, not so easy to unload – oops! The first challenge came when Parkfield Baroque (Rocky) decided he didn’t want to come off the lorry (he clearly thought Gabbie was such a smooth driver). It took some innovative thinking to overcome this issue and not a paragraph you would read in the Pony Club Manual. They all seemed to be very happy when they saw the grass though – our equivalent of an ‘eat all you like buffet.’ Nom nom
As we look ahead, the diary is full and varied. Probably best described as action packed. We are preparing for the BEF Futurity grading due to take place in early August. We must be mad as we are taking 3 mares and foals plus a home bred 2 year old. Oh and as if that isn’t enough to stretch us, we are taking 4 year old Gladys for mare grading on the same day. I think we are all going to need a strong drink at nightfall.
In breeding news, excitingly, our first embryo transfer happened this week as we seek to breed more Quinty’s and we are full on with mare AI. All we talk about is cycles, flushes and follicles. It certainly causes funny looks when taking calls on packed commuter trains. On the note of cycles, the arrival of a fully branded PFB mountain bike has been a season highlight – thank you so much dear friend Sharon Phillips. It even has a basket for the hip flask (needed for medicinal purposes – the hip flask – not the bike).
The training and event schedules for the competition horses are hotting up as we seek various qualifications. It gives you brain ache!
In between everything else we are still making sure we find time to meet with our owners, supporters and sponsors. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of Keyflow. www.keyflowfeeds.com Their horse feeds are top quality and have all our horses looking better than ever. The team also spends a great deal of time coming up with ideas for business growth. We’ve put together a PFB brochure. It explains what we do and the wide range of services we can offer our clients. We are always busy trying to think of new ways to extend the reach of our PFB brand to new audiences. We are very proud of what we do!
Team PFB looks forward to a regular blog, sharing our world with EWW readers. After all, we are united in our shared passion for the noble horse – our very best and most loyal friend.