Christopher's Country

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200B0120000430

A four-part look at a year in the life of countryman and riding master Christopher Barker, whose family has run the riding school and livery stables in Helmsley for over 200 years.

1: Spring.

Christopher wants another litter of lurcher puppies, but does his bitch Sadie like her chosen mate? And will Lambkin grow into the sheepdog she needs to be?

200B0220000507

A four-part look at a year in the life of countryman and riding master Christopher Barker, whose family has run the riding school and livery stables in Helmsley for over 200 years.

2: Summer.

The training of Zac and Kizzy begins.

Clients reminisce about the events of Christopher's birth, but he is more concerned with harvesting the hay and practising a little horse dealing.

200B03Autumn20000514

A four-part look at a year in the life of countryman and riding master Christopher Barker, whose family has run the riding school and livery stables in Helmsley for over 200 years.

3: `Autumn'.

Christopher visits a local animal dealer to find out whether a zebra has anything to offer the school.

Pip gives birth to a litter of puppies, and some gamekeepers become so attached to their birds that they can't bear to shoot them.

200B04Winter20000521

The last in a four-part look at a year in the life of countryman and riding master Christopher Barker, whose family has run the riding school and livery stables in Helmsley for over 200 years.

`Winter'.

Christopher and Ronnie o lamping - hunting at night - but a freak accident ends Sadie's hunting career.

As Helmsley becomes an increasingly popular tourist spot, the Barkers decide that, after 200 years, it's time to move the yard.