We have begun building the all-weather gallop, as usual; things take much longer than thought and involve a lot of hard work. The weather was a hindrance at the beginning with a huge amount of rain fall causing muddy conditions.
We have spent the months since arriving at Jerusalem pondering over the best location for the gallop and finally concluded with the spot chosen in front of the house and towards the skyline. The gradual uphill climb and top level seems ideal and once the tree is chopped down from in front of Victoria’s office window it will be even better!
As you can imagine, we have also spent hours and hours considering the best surface available on the market which was is also affordable to us. We have decided on a carpet fibre surface. This has been seen to great effect on the gallops of Martin Keighley and comes highly recommended by many of the lads in the weighing room.
Huge thanks to Roger Atkinson who has been helping us with the digger work on the gallop, he has made the process much slicker.
We now have the gallop dug out and the stone bottom fitted, we also have created a gallop round at the bottom of the gallop and this too has all the ground works in place. We now have to finalise the surface and fit this along with the membrane.
We plan to bring the first lot of horses back into training on 1st July and all stations are go to get more stables up and finished ahead of the remanding horses coming back in. Current numbers are over 20 for the season ahead.
We will be looking for part time staff, riding out and occasional afternoon yard work. You must be hard working, easy going and able to work both alone as well as part of a team. Please contact Victoria if you are interested.