Last week I travelled over to Surrey, to meet Sara and her boy, Bob, for a gorgeous shoot amongst the Autumnal backdrop surrounding their yard.
Bob is a twenty-three year old, ex-racehorse and Sara has had him on full loan for exactly five years, the day of our shoot. So this was a great way to mark the occasion!
Bob’s racing name was ‘Racketball’, lol, and he is by Green Adventure (USA) and out of Hylton Road. His grandsire was Kinglet. He ran in numerous hurdle races, with one win and two third places, in 1998. Bob was originally trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, then Venetia Williams and later by Ian Williams.
Sara tells me that Bob is not your average ex-racer. She says, “he is calm, sensible, absolutely bomb proof in every way.” Although she admits that, just like every horse, he does have his moment, too.
She also tells me that one of his favourite past-times is getting muddy. In fact, she sent me some photos of him resembling more of a hippo than a horse, so I understand that getting in tidied up for his shoot was no mean feat.
Sara and Bob mostly enjoy hacking out through the woods together, and galloping around the fields and countryside. Sara’s plans include getting out and about to more shows, mock hunting and the possibility of a hunter trial.
“Everyone who meets him tends to fall in love with him, he is the most gentle horse I’ve ever had. He loves human company and kisses and cuddles and falls asleep if you stroke his ears! I just love him so much!” Sara says. “He’s going to continue being the most loved and spoiled boy in his old age.”