...has been a farrier for 70 years. He lives in Middleham and has shod many thousands of racehorses. He rides every day and can often be seen on the Low Moor gallops.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
The air is free and the scenery beautiful. Horses from cities stable with me for a holiday and their riders think there is no better or safer place to be with quiet roads and plenty of bridleways.
Where is your favourite place around here?
Penhill. I was last up there on a horse in 2009 and the view looking down on Bolton Hall and the surrounding estate is breathtaking. I have also followed the West of Yore foxhounds over Penhill from Wensleydale to Coverdale and that was hairy!
What is the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
Middleham Open Day, held every Good Friday, when thousands tour the 14 racing yards and speak to jockeys and trainers. The four pubs around the market square are crowded, hounds parade, everyone enjoys themselves and money raised goes to local charities.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit here?
Get used to coming back because they will when they’ve had their first holiday here.
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
The Rubbing Houses on Middleham High Moor. It’s a block of four stables built in the 18th century where horses were washed once they had been exercised on the gallops. The building had become dilapidated but has now been renovated and gives an insight into the historic training of racehorses.