Our Training Facilities

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owner suite

We are pleased to offer owners a fantastic owner’s suite, well equipped with leather suites, access to Racing channels and a lovely heating facilities for those cold winter days.
Derek is always available for a cuppa and a chat with his current and prospective owners. 

stabling

We have a large indoor barn which houses 24 stables and a 24 further outdoor stables

hurdles / fences

Supplied by Easyfix these are used on various racecourses.
These fences are standard racecourse height and require no Maintenance because they are made from all artificial components that do not fall over. Fitted with an interlocking mechanism you can selected the required width of the fences makes them easy to move and protects horses and jockeys from injury.

the gallops

We have a five and half furlong sand and fibre oval gallop. The oval gallop links in to a five furlong up hill sprint polytrack gallop. This allows Derek to simulate a race of any distance from five furlongs to three miles. The use of the oval gallops teaches the younger horses how to handle the bends preparing them better for racing.
*There is no additional fee’s for using the gallops whilst your horse is in training.

lunging pen

We have a Monarch lunging pen. The surface is supplied by Equestrian Surfaces, this is a wax-coated synthetic surface similar to the surface used on racecourses. 
It is created using a highly sophisticated manufacturing process, with every particle molecularity bonded within a wax coating. 
The surface has a root structure that mimics turf, allowing horses to work ‘on top’ of the surface, rather than into it. 
Our lunging pen is used everyday and is a essential for the education and fitness of our racehorses, it is also used when breaking in and schooling young horses. It is also used continually as a safe turn out area to all the horses to stretch their legs. 

horse walker

We have two Monarch Exercisers or Horse walkers as they are better known.

Horse walkers are fitted with electronic controls with twin timers and auto reverse, electrified pushers and assisted braking.

The walkers are just part of a horses training regime, used to warm up and cool down before and after work assisting in prevent injury and to assist in exercising horses recovering from injury’s.

The walkers help to build by muscles and strengthen a horse without the need of a rider.

all weather menage

Our all weather surface menage is a wonderful addition to the yard. Used daily to warm up horses before going on the gallops. 
We also use it to school younger horses to strengthen them up.

The show jumps are used to keep some of the older horses fresh to give them a change of scenery.

The fence around the menage is higher than a normal fence, specifically to enable us to loosen jump horses at the start of their national hunt career.

Covered with a topped rubber fibre means we have never had a day when the menage is unusable through frost or snow.

all weather paddock

This facility allows for the safe turning out of horses when the ground is either too hard for their legs or the turf surface is too slippery due to frost or rain which could cause injury. 

Turning horses out helps keep them fresh in their work, giving them the chance to run loose and have a good roll around. 

Turnout paddock

Derek is a strong believer that horses should be horses and therefore we have numerous paddocks which are used daily to turn out as many horses as possible. 
Derek believes turning horses out helps their mental state and their attitude of the horses. 
All paddocks have been fenced with horse rail and horse netting and and a lot of the paddocks have shelters to ensure complete safety and well-being of all the horses. 

stocks

We have stocks installed to serve 2 purposes.

1. Horses use these when they go on the zamar ice machine for their legs.

2. Being involved with breading our own racehorses and we use this for the meres. They are also a great asset to the yard as they assist our vet if any medical treatment is needed for any horse.

starting stalls

We we have a 3 bay Arkenfield Starting Stalls.

As a licensed trainer and under the BHA rules of racing, Derek must ensure that any of the horses he trains are properly schooled for all types of starts.

These starting stalls allow our horses to feel comfortable when entering the starting stalls and help to prepare them for their races.