Wendy Whitehead has moved – and got her new yard off to a flying start by posting their first winner at Scottsville on Sunday.
So where has she gone? “I’m still in Summerveld,” she laughs. “I’ve just moved across the road into James Goodman’s barn. It used to be David Payne’s old yard and I’ve got quite a few of David old staff and when it came available, they said come on, let’s go. I’ve been wanting a change, I’ve been in my current yard for 17 years and with the grooms saying let’s move, I thought ‘let’s go’. A change is as good as a holiday!”
“The yard I was in had 41 stables, but it was a big yard with lots of lawn. It was Uncle Joe Joseph’s yard and it really was beautiful, but it was quite old. I think it was one of the first yards built in Summerveld and needed a bit of renovation, so when the new one came up, I thought why not?”
“This yard has 40 stables, but the layout is more compact I think it will be a little easier to manage.”
Wendy, her staff and her horses moved over on Friday, 9 February 2018 and are already settled in. “We’ve done it out nicely and it’s looking great, so I’m really excited. As I said, a lot of the grooms have worked here for years and it’s fun for them to point out all the top horses that stood here, which was Hoeberg’s box and that sort of thing – it’s really awesome.”
Friends and clients turned up to celebrate with champagne and orange juice on Saturday morning and the good vibes are paying off, with Spice Roads chalking the new yard’s first win at Scottsville on Sunday afternoon.
We wish Wendy and the team all the very best in the new yard.