Owners with Phil Kirby

Phil Kirby’s Stable Visit

20th February 2020

The weather may have been a touch on the cold side for owners arriving in the Catterick area, to watch Hambleton’s National Hunt string, under the care of trainer on the up Phil Kirby, but it failed to dampen spirits.

As owners gathered in the peaceful surroundings at Green Oaks Farm, they were treated to a glimpse of a very welcoming team, who are clearly set to go places at their ever-expanding Richmond base.

Upon arriving at the yard, owners were treated to hot drinks and baked goodies provided by our trusted supplier Rosie, who ensures that everyone remains well-refreshed and catered for.

As lattes were sipped and cakes enjoyed, owners were able to soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this idyllic setting, which includes panoramic views across the Richmondshire countryside.

Whilst owners waited to watch their horses exercise, Phil’s team quietly grouped in the large outdoor arena to give everyone a close-up view of the horses before heading out onto the gallops.

Phil ensured that everyone had a good vantage point to watch three-time winner Whoshotthesheriff and exciting new recruit Midnight Legacy doing their routine canter work, up Phil’s private gallops. Both horses looked an absolute picture and received many an admiring glance as they passed by effortlessly, eating up the ground as they headed up the gallop on three times.

After exercise, owners were given the chance to see the horses at close quarters and they both stood quietly back in the yard for pictures, closely watched by Phil himself, who continues to show his very much hands-on approach to training.

Once the complimentary photos were complete, everyone had chance to wander around the yard at their own pace meeting some of the current stable stars, including recent Rowland Merick scorer Top-Ville Ben and the people’s favourite, and arguably the most popular mare in training, Lady Buttons.

After leaving the yard, owners headed to the nearby Black Horse Inn in Kirby Fleetham where they were treated to delicious lunch.

The excellent food was particularly well-received and there was much chat and laughter amongst the owners, to make for a most enjoyable second owners’ day at Phil’s.

Friday’s relaxed event proved very popular and with the horses likely to be in action in the coming weeks, there is much to look forward for owners in the coming weeks and beyond.