Sitting above Teresa Dufosee’s hearth in her stunning Charlton Horethorne house is a portray from native artist Martin Alford.
The heads of Kauto Star, Denman, Twist Magic, Grasp Minded, Neptune Collonges and Huge Buck’s are precisely painted. In a family full of images and work it’s maybe poignant that these six take delight of place.Teresa Dufosee, now simply into the second time period of her three rating years and ten, has been an equine physio since 1981, though again then the time period equine physio was moderately like making an attempt to clarify a time without work to Clifford Baker. Sure, folks had heard of the time period, however they weren’t certain fairly what it meant.As Teresa slowly however absolutely brings down the curtain on a profession that has seen her run her hand alongside a few of the world’s best efficiency horses, I caught up together with her to ask her what it’s that has saved her fireplace burning for thus lengthy, sustained her in occasions of tragedy and introduced her sustained pleasure on virtually every single day.From a household of docs, Teresa’s father was fairly remarkably one among 12, and 9 of these kids went on to work within the medical world. She explains how the world of being a physician didn’t ever attraction, however all through her life there was at all times a capability to absorb and study anatomy and the way, if there was an issue, a means during which to repair it.By 1985 there was sufficient work to make the leap and go full-time into equine physio and, solely seven years later in 1992, her shut ally Ian McNab, the Fortress Cary-based vet, launched her to bright-eyed up-and-coming coaching expertise Paul Nicholls.What has adopted is 28 years of service for a yard that shot into the racing stratosphere and by no means actually stopped.“I’ve been blessed and honoured from the beginning in Ditcheat,” Teresa explains to me as she sits gripping her gin and tonic tightly, visibly not wild on the concept of speaking about herself.“I suppose, once I look again, I at all times knew my place and labored on the premise I used to be a small cog in an enormous wheel and my job was to try to contribute to creating the horses really feel as good as doable earlier than their races.”She explains to me the significance of the connection she has held with our long-standing head lad Clifford Baker and the way she and Paul have labored so properly collectively. On the centre of that relationship is a belief and understanding that each had been at all times doing what was greatest for any horse over all these years.What I wish to know is what has saved Teresa doing this for thus lengthy?Her reply explains every thing one must find out about Teresa. “Horses have at all times had the power to stir my coronary heart, Harry. I’ve been fully keen about them ceaselessly.”As she talks about our equine compatriots, these sentiments maintain extra weight with each phrase Teresa provides.“If you work with horses, you study one thing every single day, even with out understanding it.” What then follows is a line that Paul has recounted to me umpteen occasions: “Horses can not converse however when you hear they’ll let you know every thing it’s good to know.”There’s at all times a brand new problem. No two accidents are ever precisely the identical. No two horses are ever the identical. Even now in spite of everything this time, these very animals nonetheless have the superb capacity to “endlessly fascinate and allure” a now beaming Teresa.Horses at the moment are the topic and the unease of speaking about her profession has been changed with an countless reminiscence of fabulous horse after fabulous horse. What strikes me as we discuss and reminisce over horses, is that this was by no means concerning the capacity the horse possessed, however moderately his character and character.After all, we talked concerning the superstars and the way Kauto would have a look at you as you wandered into his steady with a glance of ‘are you worthy to be stood subsequent to me?’ Or how See Extra Indians, Paul’s first Grade 1 winner, was a bad-tempered character; or her beloved Twist Magic, who was a fussy so and so, however after a cautious begin, Teresa grew to adore him.What strikes me that in her time with Paul each single horse has been handled as a person, one thing that, is with out query, a perception shared with the person himself. It’s maybe a significant pointer as to why they’ve labored so properly collectively.The chat about horses rolls on for hours and it’s not possible to not smile with the apparent delight Teresa has at having been a “small cog” in such an enormous machine for thus lengthy.It subsequently makes me immensely proud once I ask her to recall a few of her fondest moments in her time at Paul’s and she or he nominates this season’s championship get together as a reminiscence that may “keep together with her ceaselessly”.Arguably extra fittingly, she is most happy with the work executed with Subsequent Vacation spot. Being part of making certain “one of the vital stunning thoroughbreds” she has seen made the observe following three years of damage woes counts as a significant private achievement.It strikes me that 11 years in the past when her husband of 12 years, legendary John Dufosee, handed away, the relationships with the folks she has met alongside the best way and the horses in her life are what have gone an extended technique to preserving Teresa smiling.“I’ve at all times recognized my place in Paul’s yard and been aware of my failings and lack of expertise,” is a line that caught with me from the night. It’s a line maybe solely somebody as profitable and modest as Teresa might say with sincerity as a result of here’s a girl brimming with information about horses and what it takes for them to carry out at their greatest.This can be a woman who has devoted her life to that very trigger, and in a world the place a brief head may be the distinction between Neptune Collonges profitable that Grand Nationwide or not, Teresa Dufosee’s proficient arms have contributed to extra fabulous days than one might presumably keep in mind.The unshakeable perception that there’s at all times one thing else to be learnt after reaching a lot is additional proof as to why she and Paul have labored so seamlessly collectively for thus lengthy.You’re by no means actually there. You’ve got by no means achieved all you may and by no means discovered all there’s to study. Does that resonate with you, I ask?She smiles. The 28-year puzzle is lastly put collectively.One has a sense the form of ardour for horses the like of which Teresa possesses can by no means totally be retired. Nonetheless time certainly waits for no man or girl. She now feels it’s time to take a again seat and revel in another issues in life.Fortunately, I don’t consider for a second that Ditcheat – her “second house” – will ever be removed from her coronary heart.All through my years as assistant coach it has at all times been a deal with for me to seek out ten minutes in a day to look at Teresa work with a horse. I’ve genuinely marvelled on the means during which she marvels at them. If they might converse, she would undoubtedly hear, as she has executed so intently over so a few years. I even have little doubt what she would hear is these horses collectively saying one resounding thanks.I’ve little doubt that gratitude can be echoed by Paul, Clifford, our house owners, and the group right here at Ditcheat that Teresa so adores.I’m not certain thanks fairly cuts it, however from all of us thanks Teresa.