The all weather gallop
We have an amazing all weather gallop stretching to just under a mile on a steady incline. This surface is absolutely superb and is especially beneficial to the racing world. The horses can stride freely on it with minimal kickback and the perfect level of cushioning means that it is kind to the horses legs. This is the same surface used on the canter down at Cheltenham.
The surface is made up of a mixture of very fine silica sand, special fibres and a very high quality wax. We know that the temperature that the wax is applied, the ratio of sand, wax and fibres, and the quality of each component is what makes this surface work. We also know that it doesn’t freeze in low temperatures so our horses can be trained on it all year round!
We also have four grass gallops including a very steep gallop, being on chalk the drainage is very good. Nick Gifford Racing is situated right on the downs, there are miles and miles of safe hacking, perfect for the start of the season, getting horses fit but also for sweetening horses up. We do particularly well with difficult horses not only because of the different facilities and relaxing environment but also because of different training methods including help from Tina Cook (Nicks sister/Olympic Event Rider).
The set up at The Downs Stables gives horses a stress free environment where we have acres of turnout available and individual horses training needs can be catered for. The very experienced staff, work riders and family ensure that each of the horses and owners get individual special attention – one of the great benefits of having a smaller yard of horses. Owners are welcome and encouraged to visit their horses any day of the week.
In terms of our schooling ground we have a variety of fences to suit all needs starting off with tyres for the youngsters , ,hurdles, small and full size fences.
HORSEWALKER AND ALL WEATHER ARENAS
We also have a horse walker, a lunging ring and a full size outdoor all weather arena.