Talland Training Day

A huge thanks to Pammy Hutton for a fantastic training day. It is wonderful to see what a life time of hard work, dedication and passion can create. The New Talland is a purpose built British Riding School that is setting a standard that could almost be impossible to imitate. Two huge barns are evident as you drive down a long drive to an enormous car park, one holds 64 stables, tack rooms etc and the other for riding. I was impressed in every area of the business. To me the key points were the quality of horses, facilities and instructors, but the marketing, staff and overall professionalism was evident. Many of the horses had competed at CCI**** or Grand Prix, others had serious quirks and were given to the school, who then went through the Talland system and became National dressage horses!
The next area was the training facilities, obviously built with determination to get it right first time. All under one roof was an indoor school (able to fit 2 60×20 arenas), Café, 2 offices, accommodation for students, viewing gallery and as many extras as the imagination can think of! The music system was going in on the day we arrived and I ’ m sure we ’ ll see further developments as the whole business gets used to its new surroundings. The instructors all seem to be part of the training system, that also includes Pammy and her entire family as it is obviously a family run business in the true sense, with everyone living, breathing and working towards individual goals and a common objective, to train, teach or coach. Pammy says she doesn ’ t care which title people use.

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Newmarket visit 16th May 2007

Eight F&I members took the opportunity to stay the night in rural Suffolk due to the generosity of Simon Somers who arranged a fabulous evening and Iris Gregson who lives at Bears Farm. We had a super supper and the Pimms, wine and port slipped down easily in great story-telling fashion. By 1am we all thought we had better be sensible and retired to bed. An early breakfast set us up for our first visit to Ed Dunlop ’ s racing yard.
Gainsborough stables had 125 horses in training, split into various barns. Colts and fillies are housed and grazed separately and the facilities available just showed us what is available if money is no object. Swimming pool, water therapy unit, treadmill, indoor school, covered horse walkers, round pens, wash boxes, solariums, individual tack lockers. 47 members of staff ensure that the horses have the time and necessary attention to detail to make them a Group 1 flat race champion. The horses hack to the “Heath” along railed horse walks and with 3,500 horses in Newmarket using the gallops, horses seem to rule in this town with cars stopping to give way at all times. Toby, the assistant trainer was very informative although most of us thought he looked so young! (No, we are not getting old!!). He was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the sport, predicting sponsors in most yards and gaining valuable experience about the racing industry before becoming a trainer himself.

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