in South Oxfordshire. Eventing is more widely dispersed, with the current GB team based in Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and across the rest of England.
Each of these disciplines have unique requirements; polo pitches are large, flat and well-groomed, while the best racing facilities have gallops on-site or nearby that tend to run with a gentle incline for training purposes. In contrast, eventing requires the space for an arena, ménage as well as nearby
Hamptons International is currently selling Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, Lingfield, Surrey (pictured below). Oldencraig is an outstanding Equestrian Centre described as the premier training and show centre in the South of England.
Established in 1988, Oldencraig offers top class facilities for competitors and
gallops and land to school horses over jumps. For many professionals the sheer cost of these facilities means that they are often better to share with others or compromise on some features. In the case of Lambourn, in 2005 Jockey Club Estates purchased and developed a 500 acre gallops and associated facilities for the general use of local trainers as a way to help support smaller trainers in the racing industry.
The need to share facilities as well as
horse owners, a short distance from Junction 6 on the M25. Oldencraig offers Shows through the year for competitors in all disciplines, including affiliated and unaffiliated show jumping, dressage, and showing in well maintained floodlit arenas. Regular training is available with leading professionals from all disciplines including resident trainer, Olympic
dressage team rider and sixteen times National Champion, Vicki Thompson.
Oldencraig also offers a buying and selling service for horses and high quality conference and corporate entertainment facilities. The property has capacity for some 80 horses and there are separate paddocks in addition to the jumping and exercise arenas.
to travel for competition has meant good accessibility can be an important consideration. As Harry Meade, Three- Day Eventing hopeful for Team GB in the 2012 Olympic Games notes, “I’m lucky with my yard in Bath that we’re only five minutes from the M4 which means there is quick access to a motorway. One of the problems however, is that we’re up a long bumpy lane which is slightly tricky when driving our lorry. Next time, I’ll be looking for easy road access.”
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