The yard itself is purpose built. The first barn was erected in 2002 but we have continued to build and improve and, in 2010, we completed the second of two American barns, giving us a total of twenty boxes with some additional boxes in a lower barn. The stables are all 12’ x 12’, airy, light and well ventilated.
There are eleven turnout paddocks ranging from 1 acre to 8 acres in size. All are well fenced and superbly maintained. The horses are turned out every day either individually or in compatible groups depending on their characters. A small flock of sheep also share the grazing and help to maintain pasture quality and several of the paddocks have field shelters.
There is a 3 furlong all weather waxed sand oval canter which is on a slope and has just been topped up to rejuvenate it. We have portable plastic hurdles which can be placed on the track so whatever the weather the horses can always be schooled. The schooling ground has numerous logs, three flights of hurdles and three fences including an open ditch and a set of starting stalls. There is also a 60m x 30m all weather school which has schooling hurdles and poles in it so we can teach the horses to jump properly or refresh their memories! It is also ideal for lunging, backing and flat work.
There is lots of good hacking around the farm which includes ditches and logs to jump. The horses can never be bored! Other facilities include an equine spa for warming up, cooling the horses off and for controlled exercise with horses recovering from an injury which the horses are put into after racing or if there is a specific problem from which they will benefit. We also have a five horse covered walker which is used for warming up and cooling the horses off.
The yard is only a few miles from Newmarket so we have the use of all the fabulous facilities there which apart from every type of gallop and surface you could wish for, include a large loose school and schooling jumps on an all weather surface as well as on grass.
I also have access to, and an excellent relationship with a fantastic veterinary practice and a great farrier, Ashley Holmes, whom both provide a tremendous service.