Hello, everyone! welcome to nikki’s yard!

We are a family run yard situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, near Buckfastleigh, South Devon.

Our philosophy to training is simple: get them fit and well schooled and educate the young horses well so they can reach their full potential, pay attention to detail with each horse’s care and training, be flexible and realistic!

We will follow horses progress, tell you of new arrivals, hopefully, have some funny stories!

Best Wishes,
Nikki

Nikki’s News: be up to date with our day-to-day goings on!

Hurricane Hadden

| Nikki's News | 21.06.2019 | The long-awaited day had a arrived on 14th June, Hadden and Suzy got home! I am not sure what his long-term plans are I was just glad they were home and safe. I have to say it was quite scary seeing the photos of the horses being loaded...

Chubby and Me

| Nikki's News | 10.06.2019 |I introduced you to Chubby a couple of weeks ago. He came to me via a strange route – which is possibly how many love stories begin...I had always considered myself a rider for a purpose. Every pony or horse I had ever ridden in the...

“People involved in racing are a strange breed…”

| Nikki's News | 17.05.2019 | It is normal to want the best for your loved ones and it seems to be all consuming at present. I spend most of my time worrying for, hoping for, willing them on and watching with half-closed eyes, pacing around in a state of extreme...

News from the yard and beyond

| Nikki's News | 24.04.2019 | Well, we are in an interesting time of year on the yard. With the weather warming up and the going firming up, the mud larks cannot run. And so, we have a rolling change in the string, the summer horses have been put onto the work list...

Driving Bryony… mad!

| Nikki's News, Bryony | 08.04.2019 |After the massive high of Cheltenham, back down to earth with a BUMP!She was riding at Southwell, and as I watched on the TV at home and saw the fall could only hope for the best. The camera panned back to her and she had got up...

Behind-the-scenes of the Cheltenham magic

| Nikki's News, Bryony, Cheltenham | 22.03.2019 |As with all racing stories, time has gone by very quickly since the Cheltenham Festival. The merry-go-round, doesn't stop and lots has happened since that memorable day! The press coverage was phenomenal,...

How many tears we’ve shed for you my friend?

| Nikki's News | 14.02.2019 | On Friday, the weather was awful, wet, cold and windy... not lurcher weather.Woody, our lovely old lurcher, was up at the stable yard all morning, lying on a pile of loose hay. In warmer weather that would be quite normal for him but as...

A perpetual whizz!

| Nikki's News | 28.01.2019 | Hello! Well, as usual it has been a busy few days. I seem to spend my life in a perpetual whizz! Everything that needs to be done gets done somehow and there is always a method to my madness!!! It was fantastic Silver Quay, winning at...

Busy busy busy week!

| Nikki's News | 15.01.2019 |  Hello, again. Well, it has been a very busy few days since we last spoke, lots of racing.We have a few new members of staff, who are settling in well and seem to be getting on really well. We would like a couple more good riders who...

New Year ‘Hello’

| Nikki's News | 02.01.2019 |  Hello! Happy New Year, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and the coming year will be happy, healthy, peaceful and lots of fun! I have to admit I did struggle to get into the spirit leading up to Christmas, I think with having a...

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Our Pointers
2019

TOMASIN A RI
2012, Gelding, Ask x Exit To Shannon
Tommy was here last season, he was very nervous when he first arrived, and it took a long time for him to grow up. He would worry about even the simplest things. Added to that he had some bad luck in running and nothing seemed to go his way. His best run was at Trebudannon. Will Biddick, rode him and we got some useful feedback, which gave us confidence to try him again this season. He did fall, but that fence was then omitted for the rest of the meeting as the landing side was a bog! Poor Tommy, it was a shame he wasn’t in a later race? I hope for his owners, Marks and Sparks, they have

2014, GELDING, SAKHEE x SEEM OF GOLD
Yet to be named!
But he is a lovely young horse and doing everything right so far, he is owned and bred by the Meaden, family.

2014, FILLY, SAKHEE x SEEMA
Also, yet to be named!
She is a lovely strong filly and I’m sure all the Meaden’s “babies” are very promising and it is so exciting to get them started.

RUPERT
2011, Gelding, Revoque x Step on the Bandit (His Dam is a name you may remember; we owned her, and she ran in a few point-to-points. Her name happened after she stepped on Dan’s dog Bandit, one day schooling!!!)
He is another big horse, he has been given time to mature by his owner! I am sure he will enjoy starting his career and I am looking forward to him very much.

Let’s hope we all have lots of success and fun.
As always please come to the lorry to say ‘hello’.
Good luck!!!