Jockey Jan


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2010 Jade McCartney who excelled in Highland Dancing.

2011 Morgan Evans who is a very good cricketer.

2012 Louise Hill who does well with her horseriding, Louise new Jan at Angus Pony Club

2013 Calum Kelman

2014 Olivia Waddell

2015 Bradley Hanmore

Jockey Jan Supports Forfar Young Curlers 2014/2015


Forfar Young Curlers held another successful Jockey Jan Curling Competition yesterday with Eaun MacDiarmid's rink emerging the victors. Many thanks to Drew & Margaret Wilson for their continued support of this memorable competition and don't the Young Curlers look smart in their new curling outfits.

The new jackets with the Logos of Forfar Young Curlers,

and the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund,

with their name on the back all very smart.  

 January 2015    Euan MacDairmid



COACH:Jim  SKIP:Daniel Harrison,  Drew,    SECOND:Rachel Allison,      LEAD:Iona Nicoll.

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SKIP:Mark Ogg,          SECOND:Eilidh Troup,      LEAD:Andrew Morrison. 

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 SKIP:Inca Maguire,       SECOND:Katy Kirk,         LEAD:Fraser Swanston.

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 SKIP:Adam MacDairmid, SECOND:Angus Burnett,  LEAD:Fergus Hill.

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 SKIP:Nicola Joiner,        SECOND:Ross Craik,             LEAD:Elin Soutar/Blair Fleming.

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SKIP:Jodie Duff,            SECOND:Blair Butchart,   LEAD:Imogen Crozier. 

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RUNNER UP      SKIP:Campbell White,     SECOND:Scott Nicoll,      LEAD:John Alexander. 

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WINNERS 2015          SKIP:Euan MacDairmid,      SECOND:Drew Morrison,    LEAD:Gregor Troup/Fin Osborn. 

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Friday 19 December 2014 Jockey Jan Bonspiel


 Drew Wilson and winning Skip Layla Wylie centre,

is pictured with members of Forfar Young Curlers at the Jockey Jan Bonspiel at

Forfar Indoor Sports Centre.


A total of 32 Forfar Young Curlers took part in the Jockey Jan Bonspiel in memory of Jan Wilson, a former FYC member.

Jan was also an aspiring horse jockey. Eight teams took to the ice at Forfar Indoor Sports where there was some

great curling on show with eight very well balanced teams.This was a great opportunity for some of the younger players

to play competitively for the first time, and everyone seemed to enjoy the curling.

At the end of the three game round robin Euan MacDiarmid’s team came out on top in group A, with Campbell White (third),

Ross Craik (second) and Clair Kirk (lead), beating Craig Paterson (skip), Daniel Burnett (third), Jodie Duff (second) and

Rachel Allison (lead) into second place. In Group B Layla Wylie (skip), Angus Redford (third), Jessica Kirk (second) and

Joanna Jones (lead) were top of the pile with James Craik (skip), Fraser Crosbie (third), Daniel Harrison (second) and Drew

Morrison (Lead) in second place. Team Paterson played Team Craik for the third and fourth place honours with Team Craik

taking third place.  The Jockey Jan Trophy final was between Euan MacDiarmid and Layla Wylie. 

Team Wylie took control early on in the game getting an early lead on the board. Although Team MacDiarmid fought back,

they just couldn’t do enough and ran out of stones in the final end.    Congratulations go to the winners - Team Layla Wylie.

Forfar Young Curlers say a huge thank you to Margaret and Drew Wilson for their continuing support

and their donation from the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund of £1,000.

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Leading Lady Apprentice 2015
Sammy-Jo Bell


“I left school when I was 17 and spent six months with Jim Bolger. It was an amazing experience and Mr Bolger is an incredible man, but with hindsight I’m not sure it was the best place to start off as I was a bit inexperienced and had to learn a lot in a short period of time,” she explained.
“After that I spent three and a half years working for Kevin Prendergast at the Curragh. It was a brilliant time, I learnt a lot, and Mr Prendergast gave me opportunities to ride and I rode 10 winners for him.
“In 2013, I was looking for a chance to ride in Britain, where there is more racing and greater opportunities for apprentices, and that’s how I came over.
“Life is great at Richard’s although he does keep you busy – I ride about eight lots a day! I don’t ride out for anyone else, but we have a large number of horses at Musley Bank, so there’s always lots to do. I live just down the road, so it’s not as if I’ve got far to travel. Sometimes it’s hard to get up early in the morning when you’ve been riding the night before at an evening meeting and you don’t get back home until late, but it’s just what you’ve got to do.”
A big contributer to Bell’s success has been sprint handicapper Arctic Feeling, with whom the rider has developed a relationship based upon a mutual affection!
“He’s just an absolute legend and I’ve won five races on him, including a big sprint at York last October,” she said.
“He’s a horse who really helped get things going for me and I’m very grateful to have been given the chances to ride him. It helps that he’s such a gentleman too and I love him to pieces. Every jockey needs a horse like him who keeps giving you his all and helps get your name noticed.”
Just as delighted with Bell’s slick form is Fahey himself, who has watched her improve as a jockey since joining the stable.
“I’m thrilled because she works hard for it and deserves the chances,” said the trainer. “She’s been getting some help from her coach, Tom O’Ryan, on the Equicizer and I think that is reaping its reward.

“We’re not short of horses for her to ride and I just hope she keeps riding winners for me!”
Bell agreed that the extra coaching from O’Ryan, whose brother Robin is Fahey’s right-hand man at the yard, had proved valuable, but admitted that her own worst critic was closer to home.




“I record every race I ride in and watch them back again and again – I don’t think I’ve watched a ride of mine yet that I’ve felt really happy with!” she said. “I know some might find it a bit silly, but trying to improve every element of your riding is important, and I’m still learning!”
Bell rides next at Leicester on Tuesday evening. Whether she can add another win to her total or not remains to be seen, but the TV will evidently be recording in any case. Such attention to detail can only be admired.







Leading Lady Apprentice Jockey 2014

Jenny Powell Age: 17    Based: Manor Stables, Malpas, Cheshire (owned by Michael Owen)  Status: Apprentice jockey to trainer Tom Dascombe  Daughter of Grand National winning jockey Brendan Powell and sister to Brendan Jnr, up and coming jump jockey.  2014 Winners: 13




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Leading Lady Apprentice 2013 at Doncaster.

Shelley Birkett Wins the Jockey Jan Leading Lady Apprentice 2013 the presentaion coincided with a trip to Dubai below Shelley speaks about her trip.

Dubai was a great trip and was a good opportunity to meet people from all round the world who are involved in racing. I finished 6th at Abu Dhabi races and it was my first time riding an Arabian. One person from each country was invited out to compete and the winner got a Rolex watch and £9,000!! It is run by EARS (European association of racing schools) and they have trips all round the world like America, France, China and Ireland.

Below Shelley in action.


Below Jenny Ferguson, Hayley Turner and Rossie Jessop collect Shelley's prize at Doncaster.

Jockey Jan supports Jack Berry House 2015

Jack set about collecting money to help support his close friend, Paddy Farrell, who was married with four young children.

Since then, the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) has helped more than 1,000 jockeys and their families and has paid out more than £17m in charitable assistance.

As vice-president of the charity, Jack has been the driving force, with a long-standing ambition to open a rehabilitation centre in the north of England to complement an existing facility, Oaksey House, in Lambourn.

His dream is now well within site, with work on “The House That Jack Built” due to be completed next spring.

Such is Jack’s commitment to the centre, that he pops along each week to see how work is progressing. “It is absolutely brilliant,” he said. “The building is coming along really well. It’s looking fantastic and fits in well with the surrounding area.”

The project has cost £3.1m, cash raised by a campaign as well as a range of supporters.

“We have some wonderful people who have really got behind the project in all sorts of ways which has been amazing,” Jack said. “It’s marvellous how much they’ve taken this to their hearts and I can’t thank them enough.”

Jack said fundraising would carry on to help cover running costs of Jack Berry House.

“We don’t want to drain the IJF resources so fundraising will continue as the charity will have two centres to run,” he added.

“While we have almost raised the money to build it due to very generous support from across the racing community and beyond, the annual running costs will be in the region of a quarter of a million pounds, so ongoing support will be crucial.”

Jack Berry House will have a state-of-the-art hydro pool, a large fully-equipped gym, which is likely to be twice as big as the one at Oaksey House, four treatment rooms and four en suite respite rooms, with a shared communal area. The gym will be open for other sports professionals as well as jockeys, whereas the treatment rooms will just be for IJF beneficiaries.

“There is such a need for a facility such as this in the north of England,” Jack said.

 “At the moment jockeys are having to travel to Oaksey House, which isn’t always convenient, but by next year they will have a facility on their doorstep.”

Jack is hopeful Princess Anne, a patron of the IJF, will officially open the facility next year.

“She has been a fantastic supporter and visited Malton when we were looking at possible locations,” he said.

Jack’s excitement about the opening of Jack Berry House is shared by colleagues in the racing industry.

“Paul Hanagan (former champion jockey) has said this is the best thing to happen in Malton,” he added.

“Not a day goes by without Oaksey House getting a mention in the Racing Post and the same will happen to Jack Berry House.

Jack said: “It is very exciting and I am so looking forward to opening the doors. It has been a long time coming but this will really help put Malton on the map.” 















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The northern racing community has welcomed a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre for jockeys in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Princess Anne officially opened the Injured Jockeys Fund’s (IJF) Jack Berry House on Tuesday (2 June). Jockeys past and present attended, including AP McCoy, Sam Waley-Cohen and Richard Pitman, as well as donors, beneficiaries, trustees and IJF vice president Jack Berry himself — the driving force behind the brand new facility.

“I am delighted to be here and to have seen it right the way through from the early days,” said Princess Anne, who is patron of the IJF. “I wish I could have ridden like [IJF president] Johnny Francome and I wish that I could raise money like Jack Berry. This is a remarkable achievement — to everybody who made this day possible a very big thank you but this is Jack Berry’s house.”

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Six years after the opening of Oaksey House — a similar facility in Lambourn — the £3.1million project has been a vision spanning decades for former jockey Jack, who has spearheaded fundraising efforts since the charity began in 1964.

“Having been very involved in Oaksey House, I have always felt we needed something similar in the north,” he said. “There will be no north-south divide, we are all pulling the rope in the same direction — southern jockeys will be just as welcome here.”

The house boasts top-class facilities including the “Don’t Push It” gym, which offers a variety of fitness and rehabilitation equipment, the Reuben Foundation hydrotherapy pool — one of only three of its particular model in the country — four treatment rooms and three Equicizers.

There is also a respite area which houses en-suite accommodation, including four double bedrooms, and a kitchen/living room area.

The building’s perimeter wall comprises around 2,700 bricks with each donor’s name inscribed, including some of racings greats.

Princess Anne also unveiled a life-size bronze of Jack on Tuesday in the landscaped garden area, sculptured by Willie Newton.

Jockeys and the northern racing workforce will be at the forefront for treatment at Jack Berry House, but a membership system will also allow for other equestrian disciplines and local sports to benefit from the facilities.

Eventer Laura Collett spent six weeks receiving rehabilitation at Oaksey House, supported by the British Equestrian Federation, following a serious fall at Tweseldown in 2013.

“Oaksey House was a huge help to me — because the team are used to working with jockeys, they know we all want to get back as quickly as possible, they are all on the same page as us. Without their help I wouldn’t have known where to start,” she said.   Jack Berry House, run by the Injured Jockey Fund (IJF), will be used to train apprentice jockeys as well as giving rehabilitation and respite care.

Jockey Dougie Costello, recovering from a broken ankle, said: "A jump jockey basically has to learn to ride with injury.

"You'll never come back to what your body was but if you can come back to 99% and we've got people like this to help us, then as a sport we're working in the right way."

In February, Princess Anne opened accommodation for young racing staff in Malton partly financed by a fund set up after teenage jockeys Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson died in a flat fire in 2009.

Jack Berry House, the £3.1 million rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, was given the Royal Seal of Approval yesterday when it was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne.

She was joined by leading names from the world of racing, including AP McCoy and John Francome, who came out in force to show their support for the Injured Jockeys Fund’s (IJF) centre in Malton which will help train and rehabilitate injured jockeys based in the north of England.

The Princess Royal, Patron of the IJF, braved the rain to unveil a statue of Jack Berry, later describing his fundraising for the project as a “remarkable achievement.”

She said: “My good fortune was to be asked to take on the IJF after my grandmother and I am delighted to be here and see it through from its earliest days.

“Jack Berry House is very much open for business.

“I am certain it will add hugely to the jockeys based here in the North and others as well. It certainly is Jack Berry’s house.”

Mr Berry, the Vice President of the IJF, said: “Words can’t say about what I feel about this place. I am also proud of the many, many thousands of helpers who have donated money and time to make this possible.”

The Princess Royal has taken a keen interest in Jack Berry House, having been involved from its inception and visiting the site on several occasions during its 14-month construction period.

She is also aware of the importance of the Injured Jockeys Fund and its work, having been injured during a successful career in horse racing and dressage.

“Princess Anne has been knocked out, broken her arm and suffered other injuries,” said Brough Scott, Chairman of the IJF. “She understands the need for this centre, and also understands that the mindset of all sportsmen and women is ‘how quickly can I get back.’

Among the state of the art facilities at Jack Berry House designed to do this are a hydrotherapy pool, one of only three in the country, four separate consulting rooms which will be used by physiotherapist Gemma Darley, a nutritionist, JETS representative, sports physician, and Tom O’Ryan and Kevin Darley who will help improve the riding technique of younger jockeys.

Also key to the success of the centre is Danny Hague, a strength and conditioning coach, who has taken charge of the Don’t Push It gym, named after AP McCoy’s 2010 Grand National Winning horse.

Mr McCoy, who was given a tour of the gym, said: “I was very lucky. I had the benefit of Lambourn House which was basically the first rehabilitation centre. This is a great facility and great credit to Jack Berry - he should be very proud of today.

“He deserves all the credit for coming up with an idea and putting it all together.”

The team has already used its expertise to help jockey Jack Garritty who broke a collarbone at York Racecourse three weeks ago, but was back in action last week.

Jo Russell, manager of Jack Berry House, said: “Jack is the first person that has used the facilities on a daily basis in aiding his recovery from injury. To have him back in the saddle just two weeks afterwards was brilliant.”

Sitting alongside the fitness and treatment facilities at Jack Berry House are the Al Shaqab boardroom, which can be used for meetings, en suite bedrooms and shared living and kitchen rooms.

Mr Scott, himself a former jockey, said: “I am so thrilled that we have got to this day, it is such a great feeling.

“This has gone from an idea to a proposal, to a green site and a green design and then a building site where it takes a sense of belief that it’s going to happen and now we are here today.

“It’s a great leap forward, not just for treatment but for understanding. This is about injury prevention as much as about treatment. The beautiful thing about jockeys is they all know they going to get injured - and that’s fine.

“We can’t make it a safe sport but we can make jockeys stronger when they face the risks.”


























There is also a respite area which houses en-suite accommodation, including four double bedrooms, and a kitchen/living room area.


























 The house boasts top-class facilities including the “Don’t Push It” gym, which offers a variety of fitness and rehabilitation equipment. the Reuben Foundation hydrotherapy pool — one of only three of its particular model in the country — four treatment rooms and three Equicizers.

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Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of The Injured Jockeys Fund says:

“We are thrilled that The Reuben Foundation has offered such generous support for Jack Berry House.  At Oaksey House, equipment such as the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill has shown the importance of world class training and recovery equipment, and The Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool at Jack Berry House will be a flagship component in helping with fitness and aiding recovery for anyone who uses it. We set out to achieve over £3million in fundraising and are almost – but not quite – there, so all donations are still very welcome!”

The Reuben Foundation said that “given the Reubens’ close connection with British Racing we are thrilled to be able to announce the Reuben Foundation’s support for Jack Berry House. We look forward to the new state-of-the-art Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool being of enormous benefit to all who are beneficiaries of the facilities at Jack Berry House. The work of charities like the Injured Jockeys Fund, as well as the energy and commitment of individuals like Jack Berry, is an inspiration to us all.”

The Reuben Foundation is supporting the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) by providing significant funding for Jack Berry House, the IJF’s second respite and rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, officially opened in June 2015 by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at Malton in North Yorkshire.

The Hydrowork 500 Therapy Pool, to be known as “The Reuben Foundation Rehabilitation Pool”, will play a key part of the training and rehabilitation programme at Jack Berry House with features such as an underwater treadmill, massage hoses and performance monitoring systems. The pool is specially manufactured in Pennsylvania and for Jack Berry House has been built to spec and transported across the Atlantic.


























The Reuben Foundation hydrotherapy pool — one of only three of its particular model in the country.






















Princess Anne also unveiled a life-size bronze of Jack on Tuesday in the landscaped garden area, sculptured by Willie Newton.






Four treatment rooms and three Equicizers.


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  The building’s perimeter wall comprises around 2,700 bricks

with each donor’s name inscribed, including some of racings greats.


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The JOCKEY JAN M F was asked by Fife Foxhounds to help get pony racing started at their meetings, which we were glad to help with we supplied 2 new engraved trophies and 2 engraved photo frames and pictures for the winning riders.






Jockey Jan supports Lucy at the Northern Racing College in Doncaster

My Day at the Northern Racing College in Doncaster by Lucy Pittendrigh 

Picture of Lucy was taken at Fife Foxhounds where she was competing in the pony races April 2015.

I was so lucky to be awarded a day at the NRC by the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund for my dedication to pony racing, finally Wednesday 16th October arrived, we had an early start leaving home at 6.30.

We arrived at the NRC and the horses were out already I was eager to see the one Sarah Beattie had told me I would ride, so many horses, which one was it? The rides were split into how long the students had been there, each ride went out for a trot around the 6 furlong enclosed gallop then followed by a canter, groups matched by Alison and followed by Malc in the car with a walky talky to each rider.

When it was my turn I was given a leg up on Vehari he had raced on the flat and over jumps. We trotted out 3 of us always getting instructions from Malc, finally I was to go back out to gallop I had a lead horse a lovely grey and me on Vehari, mum and my sister Louise got in the car to follow and to take videos it was amazing here I was on the gallops riding a racehorse everything I so want to do.

It was over so quickly we then took the horses back to the stables where I was able to un tack, brush and put rugs on filling hay nets and making sure the horses were ok.

A quick drink and then I got to meet Kevin Darley, a champion flat race jockey, who took us to the simulator room, he was going to video me riding a finish and then go through what points could be improved, I learnt so much from Kevin and watching myself back on the screen. Jockeys need to be so fit!!!

I left wishing my next pony race were next week and not January 2014. I cannot wait to put everything I have learnt into practise.

Thank you so much to the JJMF, Margaret Wilson, Jane Clark, Sarah Beattie and my amazing racing ponies Rascal and Hazel.  LUCY.










Rescobie Church Garden.


The Rev. Brian Ramsay asked if we would like a bench to remember Jan. We thought it would go in the grave yard.

Brian said we could put it where it is, but he didn't know what to do with the rest of the area.

I said leave it to me.          So the pictures tell the story.


I was asked by a friend of Jan’s, she said

“I have been all round the crematorium Margaret and I don’t see a place to leave flowers for Jan”.

I had never thought of this so it made the memorial garden much more needed than ever. 


The garden gave me something to do for Jan and her friends and kept me busy.

Anyone could help with plants and bulbs.

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The area was surrounded by a lovely natural stone dyke which had been rebuilt which sets of the garden.


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There was a space for a small gate, which the church treasure had mentioned, but I already had something in mind.



I had noticed the horse on Gordon Skea's stone seprerator and got on to the subject 

I asked if he could do something. I wanted something slightly horsy but remembering it was for the church.






    There was a space for a small gate, which the church treasure had mentioned, but I already had something in mind.


I had noticed the horse on Gordon Skea's stone seprerator and got on to the subject of a gate. I asked if he could do s

I wanted something slightly horsy but remembering it was for the church.


 Below a small pony shoe was found for the perfect bolt.





 Some of friends and family wanted to be part of the garden and asked or brought along plants or bulbs.






Before Xmas 2009 I received a call from Jan’s Boss David Barron, he told me about a sweepy

that the yard did every year at which horses would do best in the year.

David said guess who has won, yes it was Jan.

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I think it turned out really well as Jan stands watch and hopefully brings the yard luck for many years to come.

It was where she wanted to be.

"Jan said a lot of good jockey's came out of this yard one called Alex Greaves who I want to be like."

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Dicentra, Bleeding Heart. Epimedium, Bishop’s Hat. 

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 1ST OF MAY 2011

 Couldn’t let Jan’s 21st pass.  Things happened and this looked after everything.

We were putting a straw shed up and we had to take some trees down that would have fallen down. The wood cutter

found a tree once it was down with J K W on it, we had forgotten that years ago Drew helped Jan do this so hence the gate.

We had to replace trees so this was what I did my own way with a little help from Jan.

We used the picture of the weather vane at Maunby Yard for the gate to bring her home.

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 We park for Jan's Toffee and Auburn Drive (Haydon).

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 Jan's 21st flowers at Rescobie Garden.

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Below. Rhododendron  Photinia, Red Robin. Paeonia, Tulip, Black Knight.

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  Above. Other roses Birthday Wishes, Star Performer, Mischief.

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 Something for the children at the Sunday school.

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 Above surounded by Primula's. Drew’s mum asked if there was anything I wanted for the garden, I had seen this shrub that had

lovely red autumn colours that I noticed in a local garden centre so I told her about It, but she came back with a Skimmia in stead.

Days after I was on my road to Inverkeilor and pulled into the local garden centre there and found the shrub

I had been looking for in the clearance part. When I was paying for everything the lady had turned the pot round

  the label was showing Berberis Mystery Fire.


Above. Hypericum bought when we were with the Pony Racing Authority at Cheltenum it has lovely autumn foliage.

 Rhododendron red, Skimmia, Aubrieta, Hosta, Primula.


 Above. Monarda, Paeonia, Iris,Helleborus, Christmas Rose, Scabiosa, Red Robbin, Pyrus Ornamental Pear.

Below. Their was a plant sale at the Forfar Market the plants came all the way from Wisbech he only had one rose bush with him.

 It was called Haydock Park seen in red below.


 Erica Heather.Daboecia, Irish Heath. Calluna, Pinks, Primula, Pansy, Lily, Honeysuckle.




 Jan’s swing what to do with it, you will see later.






 Cutting grass and I left the top gate open they were only a minute of getting in and Auburn still pulls at the gate to get in.

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 They went out after I got a few pictures.

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This gate has horses upside, pet lambs, Jan befriended some geese one year and they have come back every year after that.

Jan went to pony club and had a great time at camp when it was at Brechin one year.

I got a call to come and see her on Tina her Highland mare. We went along I was a bit embarrassed at the Highland,

some of the competitors didn’t like it ether to say the least specially when Jan had clear rounds and came 2nd in the jump of.

Jan didn’t have me embarrassed. Jan showed at that time didn’t matter what she was on she gave it her best.

Jan had taught Tina from scratch herself and beat lots of lovely looking horses and more experienced riders that day.  


  Jan had great fun at different locations at cross country.

Pet rabbits cats hens anything she could catch to sit on her knee, the foxes had got our hen’s, well their was one left.

Jan had it doing anything, most memorable sledging with hen on her knee.

This area was Jan’s sand pit, so bucket and spade, the rail was where she would tie her pony’s up.


 Here’s the swing this used to be the bottom of garden with a stonewall running across.
We removed some of the stone and I got Drew to get a stone strainer from some of our other dykes to finish the end of wall.

 We got another end and erected it to make it like a cross-country jump.


 Weeping Fuchsia. Clematis


 The morning the dyker was coming to put it all together it was very rhyme (frosty) and I went to look at the ends.

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing engraved on the stone was two stick pictures of a mum and daughter holding hands.

The dyker was stunned too, I said to him you had better not drop it as Jan is watching us.


 Below. Jan's swing and jump.




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Bench on High Moor Middleham before and after we visited on 22nd July 2013



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