George Baker with his racehorse named George Baker
Manton is losing one of its two well-known trainers. George Baker who has been leasing the Barton Yard from Paul Clarke, is buying the freehold of a training establishment in the Surrey Hills - very close to the Sussex-Surrey border.
George Baker - seen here with the racehorse he trains that is also named George Baker - has been training mainly for flat racing, but also for jumps, for nine years. In December 2013 he and his wife, Candida, and children and horses moved to Manton: "It is genuinely a privilege to add our name to the list of famous and successful trainers who have trained at Manton since the middle of the nineteenth century."
The point-to-point season still has a good way to run and local trainer Laura Thomas is "Delighted with how it's going." She trains near Barbury - just over the hill from Alan King's stables.
Her ten point-to-point wins so far were capped with a hunter chase victory at Ludlow (April 3.)
Rebecca Howard holds Riddle Master as Megan King checks his back
Canadian eventer Rebecca Howard has been riding and competing around the world with Riddle Master - known to all as Rupert - for ten years. Now the sixteen year-old Canadian Sports Horse is getting regular physiotherapy sessions in preparation for their appearance at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials (3-7 May.)
The Canadian bred bay gelding looks smaller than his official 16.1 hands and certainly looks younger than his sixteen years. He was bred by Caroline Bazley and her mother Jean Watson in Orangeville, Ontario - and they still own him. Rebecca Howard was born and brought up in British Columbia - so it is a truly Canadian team.
Riders in the Bloor Homes Supporting Greatwood Charity Race: Lisa Kozak, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, David Dennis, Simon Cross, Hannah Bishop, Georgie Norton (winner), Richard Marks, Steph Cameron, Sarah Milsom & Polly-Anna Greco
The annual Greatwood race day at Newbury Racecourse was held last Saturday (March 4), raising in excess of £90,000 (net) for the charity which is based at Clench Common, just south of Marlborough. In addition to a card of sponsored 'Supporting Greatwood' races, 360 guests attended a lunch at the racecourse. There was a silent auction with a vast array of valuable lots.
The last race on the card was a special charity race sponsored by Bloor Homes with ten amateur riders giving it their all. It was won by Georgie Norton riding Eddiemaurice - owned by Mel Mathias and trained by John Flint.