6½ FURLONG BOWMOSS ALL-WEATHER GALLOP
Our main gallop, which was installed four years ago, is a little over 6 furlongs in length and climbs 161ft from bottom to top. It is made from shredded carpet fibres, which make the most fantastic surface to ride on from a jockey’s point of view and also seems to considerably reduce the number of injuries that occur at home. It has an amazing resilience to the frost, with the top two inches forming a frost-blanket that protects the main bulk of the gallop – hugely helpful in the unpredictable British climes!
This new addition to Bourton Hill Farm has been an absolute godsend since its installation. Completed in October 2018, this deep sand gallop is just over 2f round and replicates the soft ground often seen on a racecourse. It is mainly used for slow, steady work and really makes the horses use themselves properly.
ALL WEATHER SCHOOLING STRIP
The all-weather schooling strip was another new addition in 2018 and with the unpredictable and changing ground conditions last season, it really came into its own. A sand and rubber mix, 4.5m wide it has three EasyFix hurdles followed by three EasyFix fences proving invaluable for year-round schooling for horses of all abilities and ages.
We have an excellent schooling ground at Bourton Hill Farm which consists of logs, EasyFix hurdles, regulation hurdles and regulation fences. I firmly believe that the horses must be well schooled at home before they head to the racecourse – after all, jumping is the name of the game!
The indoor school is very useful for breaking in, looseschooling and working horses on the flat during the winter.
An essential part of our daily training regime; all the horses warm up in the outdoor school before going to the gallops. At 60m x 80m it is big enough for flatwork, steady canter work and jumping.
The ECB spa has been invaluable since we started training here two years ago. It is fantastic for knocks, bumps and bruises and also allows certain horses which have tendon issues to get back to the track. We simply wouldn't be without it.
A horse walker is an essential part of any racing yard – whether it’s to give them a walk before they are ridden, for rehab from an injury or just to keep a fresh one busy. Big enough for six horses and covered means whatever the weather it is in use. We would not be without our walker.
We are exceptionally lucky at Bourton Hill Farm to have acres and acres of off-road hacking. We have access to the headlands and farmland all year round and with the varying hills and terrain it is great for the horses preseason fitness, a change of scene from the gallops or just a change of scene for our riders!