In early December we were delighted to see Heather O'Brien arrive to the yard. Heather hails all the way from New York and has settled in well. Heather will concentrate on getting the horses fit for the Guidam Spring Tour which she will hopefully compete in herself and it is great to have her on board.
We recently welcomed the arrival of a 10 year old Kildalton King horse Kemanzie. He is a lovely addition to the yard and I see him as a Grand Prix horse for 2009, also a 4 year old stallion by Lux Z. Most of the horses are now receiving a well earned break with the majority being turned out to grass.
We would like to thank all our owners for their contribution and continued support throughout 2008, in particular Sequoyah Farms, The Last Orders Club, Fidelma Keogh and Mr & Mrs Manuela Martinelli. We also remember Benny Kuenhle who we so tragically lost in November. Benny will always be in our thoughts and is greatly missed in the yard where his wit, incredible talent and constant good humour will long live in the memory of Punchestown House.
With that and on behalf of Catherine, Edward junior, Ian, Sarah and myself, may I take this opportunity of wishing you all a Happy Christmas and much success throughout 2009.