At Kimpton Down we have 3 all-weather gallops:

 

1) Synthetic Gallop. When the yard was built in 2002 Toby Balding and Jonathan Geake put in a 3 furlong oval with a 2.5 furlong uphill spur, close to the yard. We use this gallop for warming up only and have found it to be a useful addition to the main gallops.

 

2) Hedge Gallop. This had been a synthetic gallop in the early 90’s. However there had been a drainage problem so it was taken up. When we moved we redid the drainage and relaid it with a woodchip surface. It is 5 furlongs, and rises gradually. The vast majority of our everyday work is done on it.

 

3) In 2011 we connected the original Long Woodchip that was laid down in the 1970s with the Hedge Gallop, enabling the horses to canter/work a full 8 furlongs and eliminating the right hand bend that had to be negotiated previously.

 

 

Grass Gallops:

 

There are 35 acres of downland grass, that have been gallops for over 100 years. Due to the dry Spring in 2011, we didn’t use them until later that summer. However, we did a lot of work rejuvenating the turf, and use them as much as possible, but for fast work only. There is Spring and Autumn ground beneath Kimpton Wood, and chalk-based turf for the Summer on the higher ground.

 

 

In December 2013, we installed a treadmill. This enables horses to remain in full work without being ridden. It is also excellent for rehabilitating horses that are returning from injury. We also have 20 acres of turnout paddocks.

 

 

Ralph Beckett

Kimpton Down Stables, Old Coach Road, Kimpton, Andover, Hants, SP11 8QQ

 

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