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Eric Lemartinel and Catherine Walton

But you kept race riding? I got my amateur licence to ride under rules over jumps when I was with Ferdy and I rode quite a lot for him and various other trainers in the north of England. He used to lay the staff off in the summer, so I did one summer at Richard Hannon’s Flat yard in the south and that was fantastic. I almost didn’t want to come back. I was glad I had my amateur licence then as I rode a winner on the Flat for him at Salisbury. It was very, very different to Mark Johnston’s. I got to ride some lovely horse down there too, Paco Boy, Canford Cliffs, Dick Turpin and Harbour Watch. You’re now a Yard Manager for Micky Hammond... After Mark Johnston’s I went to Micky Hammond, it’s a mixed yard, Flat and Jumps. I’ve been there a couple of

years now. The yard is split into two, I run the top yard, with 26 stables and there’s another 45 in the main yard. Becky Smith, who is also out here and rode in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak finals last year, is in charge of the other yard. It was through Becky that I went to Micky’s. I’ve known Becky for quite a while and we had a point to pointer which we trained together. He won for us first time out, I rode him and it was brilliant. What was your experience qualifying for the HH Sheikh Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship finals like? I rode in Ostend in Belgium, on a horse called Messi. It was lovely place, a lovely racecourse, a nice little track, just a round loop. I’d ridden in Ireland before, but nowhere else abroad so this was very different.

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.

The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.