Thursday, December 30, 2010
In Feb 2010 we said goodbye sadly to Melisa in January who had worked for me for two and half years in BA– she finished her studies and is now working in the University she studied in. At the same time we said hello to Susana Monzon who is now the general manager and host on La Margarita and great work she has been doing. We also said hello to Claudia who handles the reservations in the office for us in BA and a great job she is doing as well judging by comment from guests who stay on La Margarita. We sadly said goodbye to our young gaucho Jonney – that news will no doubt break the hearts of some of our younger female guests who came here!
I am happy to say that both Raquel and Lalo and Lettie and son Kevin are still here and working as hard as ever even though Raquel keeps saying she is going to retire one year - however each year she renews her energy to cook some great meals for our guests
La Margarita was also featured in two documentaries on life on an Argentine estancia and was also was featured in Lugares, the most important travel magazine here in Argentina
Posted by The English Gaucho at 11:55 AM
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
As some of you know who read my scribbles about life on Estancia La Margarita I promised my son Dale when he was a spog that one day we would own a race horse –this was especially true after a successful gambling session at say Kempton Racetrack. Course the years rolled by Dale grew up and now lives in New Zealand and me of course in Argentina. But I still always wanted to own a race horse and as I wrote in one of my blogs a year ago I, with four others, purchased my very first race horse.
It’s been a year of training and good few quid per month in training and vet fees (Stevie you know all about that love ya for the advice i.e. don’t buy one!) plus a patient wait before our trainer decided that Amalla Cat was ready for the big time. He was put into a race two weeks ago. We duly turned up full of the enthusiasm of new race horse owners only to find that the other four horses in the race didn’t fancy their chancres against the mighty Amalla Cat and promptly backed out of the race – we were pretty upset because we wanted to see how he did . The good news however, was that we pocketed 2500 pesos (about 700US) as prize money for being the only horse prepared to run– umm not bad at all.
Our trainer decided that a few weeks ago to enter him into a race last Sunday. It was a 800 meter flat race in Azul a large town near Tapalque. The race he was in had 13 other runners and was being run at 5.30. Course this being Argentina it eventually got run at 6.30! We arrived at the track fired up after our bloodless first victory thinking maybe the others in the race will drop out and leave us with the pot again – it didn’t happen! As the time neared for our race we got word from our regular jockey who had been training with the horse that he had taken ill and that we would need to find a substitute ( oh for Kieron Fallen) . That was not good news as we all knew however,our trainer rushed around and found a jockey to ride him in the race – luckily. Now Amalla Cat is a pretty highly strung horse and as soon as our new jockey got on him he nearly got thrown off – not a good start. Still he persevered and off they went to the post. After an agonizing ten minute wait at the post the off was given and we were in business.
The race seemed over in a flash – did we win nah we came forth – will he win - yes I am pretty sure he will. He was 4th by only a few meters and had on him a jockey who didn’t know the horse. Pretty soon he will run again and I have high hopes that the next time he will do better even if he doesn’t it’s a fun thing to do especially as it was always one of my dreams to own a horse - just a shame Dale could be here to see it.
This is David Cummings alias the English gaucho - hasta pronto
Posted by The English Gaucho at 8:57 AM