Let us know if you saw them in action during your weekend shopping!
The Racewood Jockey Challenge had a busy weekend in the sun at Gunwharf Keys promoting the fabulous Qatar Goodwood Festival giving shoppers the chance to transform into a champion jockeys and see what it’s like to ride around one of the world’s most beautiful racecourses.
Let us know if you saw them in action during your weekend shopping!
We can now finally (& proudly) announce that we have installed our first simulator in Latin America; into to a location just north of Bogotá, Colombia!
In May of this year we installed one of our Eventing simulators into a yard in a small town called Cajicá, located about an hour north of Bogotá. IKS Dressage is owned & run by Juliana Gutierrez, and is ready for business now.
Please follow the link for more information about IKS Dressage and for bookings on the simulator:
Horse transport is usually fairly easy in the UK and actually worldwide these days, however when it comes to moving a full size Eventing Simulator and all his additional luggage the list of transporters available drops somewhat dramatically!
Hence earlier last month Sue Gould-Wright got in touch with Racewood to move an Eventing simulator fondly know as Douglas from Lancashire down to Sue's new base in the stunning Woodbridge.
One of only 2 Racewood Eventing simulators in the UK (the other being based at Hartpury College) Sue's Equestrian Pilates/ Schooling for the Rider business is set in the most glorious countryside on a true country estate providing a beatiful relaxing space for riders to focus on themselves and their riding. With Sue's knowledge and Douglas's all knowing sensors, riders of all abilities and ages will benefit hugely from a visit!
We wish them all the best and are looking forward to hearing how Douglas is settling in!
If you want to get in touch with Sue to find out more about her courses, clinics and lessons follow the links below:
It may still be over 6 weeks away but 2 weeks ago our newest release – the Racewood MK10 started his journey towards his grand unveiling at the forthcoming Asian Racing Conference in Seoul in May. The logistics of getting a mechanical horse safely shipped across the world must be at least as complicated as a real horse if not more so! So allowing time for associated delays with shipping and long journeys across the sea means planning needs to be done somewhat in advance!
When the MK10 arrives Dan will be flying out to meet it and present our newest development in jockey training to the Racing World. Another brainchild of our MD Bill Greenwood, the MK10 has been months in the making with a greater focus on data and the physical training of the jockey than the MK9. We can’t wait to be able to reveal it to the Racing network in 6 weeks’ time, please come and say hello if you’re there! Take a look at the programme here www.arcseoul2018.com/
Get your passport ready. 2018 started with 3 horses leaving the workshop in the first 2 weeks.
January has seen horses leaving for Germany, France and the UK, and February brings horse passports required for Columbia, Russia and the USA. The rest of the year has horses heading to many other far flung corners of the world.
We've got horses venturing all over the world so when you call and ask - do we sell to (insert country here) - the answer is usually yes! We support our customers to the best of our ability all over the world and Racewood staff have been out to the USA and France already in 2018 helping install and set up client's new simulators, I wonder what a map of Racewood travel would look like in year.
If you're considering a lesson on one of our simulators please take a look on our customer locations to see if there is one already in your neck of the woods. If not please keep an eye on our website and social media pages to see where our new simulators are heading.. who knows one maybe heading to your corner of the world soon.
Early into 2017 Racewood were approached by the world leaders in Arabian horse breeding Al Jassimya Farm, to enquire as to whether we would be able to produce a bespoke simulator for them. He was to be based on one of the Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa al Thani's stunning white Arabian stallions, with a plan to showcase him on their stand at the World Arabian Championships at the Salon Du Cheval in November 2017.
Many colour matches, material samples, and shoeless test rides later (no dirty boots on this horse) the stunning, one of a kind, Arabian Stallion simulator left the workshop to make his way to Paris. Under the glittering chandeliers of the Al Jassimya Farm stand he was able to show off his long flowing mane and elegant carved Arabian head to all of the guests of Al Jassimya farm and their visitors to the stand.
The Racewood team worked alongside Al Jassimya farms throughout the project and the simulator provided a unique opportunity for all ages to encounter the elegance of an Arabian up close and provided an immersive, interactive experience for all those who visited their stand.
Racewood were able to provide support for the simulator from start to finish, assisting in the transport of the simulator, staffing at the Salon Du Cheval and arranging delivery to his final installation destination after the show in Qatar.
This is just one example of a Racewood bespoke project. We are able to offer one off horses and specialist software for almost all types of horse. If you have a project idea of your own please contact Racewood to discuss what we can do to make it a reality.
We were delighted to hear how Jonty Evans had been able to improve his Dressage score as a result of a tailored training programme at Hartpury.
Utilising the fantastic facilities at Hartpury's new Rider performance centre, Jonty was able to train and work-out using our Eventing simulator (for a lot of positional work with an Osteopath) as well as our Racetrainer ('Trigger') for cardio work.
Last time, we discussed the reasons for teaching a horse to leg yield (to promote suppleness, loosen its muscles and improve its balance) and how to achieve it. Now we will consider shoulder in, which is typically the next lateral movement taught to a horse, providing similar physical benefits but also requiring the development of stronger muscles to engage the hindquarters – the inside hind leg must stretch and reach under the body – so good preparation for collection exercises...
Most riders recognise that there is room for improvement and want to do better. Taking instruction on horseback and understanding horse psychology along with the theory behind applying different aids can help enormously, but practice is of paramount importance, especially as we all have at least some bad habits that it will take time to eradicate...