Facilities

Kingsclere is one of the best equipped and most beautiful private training establishments in the country. The facilities have been constantly updated since the yard was originally built in the late 1860s and, being private, can be used flexibly to ensure the best training and care of the horses.

Facilities

Kingsclere is one of the best equipped and most beautiful private training establishments in the country. The facilities have been constantly updated since the yard was originally built in the late 1860s and, being private, can be used flexibly to ensure the best training and care of the horses.

Yard

The yard has upwards of 200 boxes, split into nine separate yards ranging in style from the original brick-built yards to new American barns. There are three covered horsewalkers, a lunge pit, two vet boxes and a digital weighbridge to monitor the horses’ weight. A two-furlong circular indoor ride allows horses to be exercised whatever the weather, whilst the large outdoor arena can be used for more diverse groundwork and schooling.

Gallops

The lower gallops at Kingsclere include a four and a half furlong polytrack straight gallop and a four furlong circular all-weather gallop, together with two grass gallops and a set of schooling fences. The upper gallops on Watership Down include extensive grass gallops on turf which has been laid for over a hundred years and which provides an excellent cushion for the horses. This area also boasts a mile all-weather gallop which can be used throughout the year. All the gallops are accessed via purpose-built tracks and tree-lined avenues, avoiding the need to contend with traffic on the roads and ensuring access to the facilities in all weather conditions.

Equine Pool

The equine pool is a useful part of the training of many horses, particularly those recuperating from leg injuries or those who carry excess condition and require additional fittening work. It can also be used to ‘freshen up’ horses, changing their routine with a new form of exercise.

Starting Stalls

The yard has three sets of starting stalls. Over the course of their education young horses progress from following a schoolmaster through a single static stall within the yard area, to walking through and standing in a set of stalls close to the yard, and finally jumping out of a further set of stalls and galloping away.

Horse Boxes

The yard has three well-maintained horse boxes which are exclusively used for horses trained at Park House. When necessary we also work with well-established racehorse transport companies to ensure that all our runners travel in safety and comfort.

Paddocks

The yard has a variety of grazing paddocks, enabling horses to be turned out in the afternoons and during their post-season break. There are also turnout pens which allow more restricted turnout for colts or horses requiring limited exercise/grazing.

Other

The yard has a high-speed treadmill which enables horses to be exercised in a controlled environment without a rider on their backs, and is particularly useful for rehabilitating horses after injury. We also have laser, ultrasound and faradic machines for treating a variety of ailments, and the yard is visited regularly by an equine osteopath and an equine masseuse. Horses' weights are monitored using a digital weighbridge, and we also use the Equinity GPS and heart rate monitoring devices to measure horses' performance and fitness.