Racewood pride themselves on the wide range of products we offer and our ongoing determination to improve both our current range of products and branch out into different equestrian markets.
In the last 5 years we have been continuously developing our Eventing simulator and have launched both our Vaulting simulator and Jockey Challenge. I'm excited to say there are lots of ideas and ongoing development works in the pipeline! However, none of this can happen without the vast range of knowledge and feedback from our fantastic customers.
In order to support our ongoing development and improve what we can offer our customers, over the next few months we will be conducting a wide range of user research, from focus groups to observations and interviews and would love to hear from a wide range of our customers and in turn their customers too.
On that note - we need you!!
Initially we are looking for customers in the UK that would be happy for us to attend observations and answer some questions on their experiences with their simulators. This will then be followed up by worldwide customer research so please keep an eye on or blog/ website/Facebook page for more information!
If you would like to take part in our ongoing research and development please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to thank Reanne Benson at Symbiosis Rehab and 2 of her lovely customers for allowing me to observe their work and ask some questions in the most picturesque site in Cheshire yesterday. You can look at what Reanne offers with the help of Rocky her simulator below.
Even if you know nothing about racing and pay no attention to it for 51 weeks of the year, If you're like me you still have a once a year bet on the Grand National ..
You may have chosen your potential winner by the snazzy colours the jockey is wearing, or the horse's name reminds you of a favourite holiday or strange type of confectionery but you will still be cheering them on just the same as the odds on favourite!
When we watch the race we focus on the horses - incredibly skilled athletes that battle with 39 other runners and fight for that front spot, but spare a thought for the fitness, skill and determination the jockey's need to make it around the 4 miles and still ride hard for that winning finish.
Great British Racing have recently been showcasing just how hard these jockeys work using #jockeyfit .With the help of fitness coaches and a Racewood RS simulator take a peak at some of the social media and press links below;
Racewood have been developing products to support and train jockeys worldwide since 1990 and we now have a wide range of products from our smaller exercisers to build fitness levels (I can manage about 30 seconds before I'm exhausted) to our top of the range MK10 with interactive race, heart rate monitor and jockey training program.
You can see one of our interactive machines used at the Northern Racing College Featured in BBC Midlands today (link to follow) and find out more about our wide range of products by taking a look on our product pages.
Every 2 years we pack up a number of the Racewood team with at least one of our simulators and travel to one of the worlds biggest equestrian shows, Equitana in Essen, Germany.
This year was one of our best yet, not only did we meet some fantastic people and potential customers, thanks to the support of SAP Sports we also had the pleasure of showcasing our top of the range Eventing Simulator to Olympic champion Ingrid Klimke ! Take a sneak peak at the video below..
We're excited to continue our development of this machine with their ongoing support before the first Eventing Simulator in Germany arrives in the later part of the year at Walldorf Riding Club, keep your eyes peeled on their website for updates!
Father Christmas came a week early to the Equine Department at Sparsholt College in Hampshire. On Monday only the third Eventing simulator in the UK was installed in their brand new room at their equine centre.
The simulator is part of a huge amount of investment going into the centre and the team will be offering sessions for the public along with using it both for their own and collaborative ongoing research. We look forward to hearing how they progress through 2019 and wish their team a very Happy Christmas!
Never let it be said that Racewood don't enjoy a challenge.
One of our most recent installations to the fabulous Wellantcollege in the Netherlands involved a slightly unorthodox way of getting the simulator installed. When the team mentioned first floor, fire exit and a crane we have to admit our faces did show a little bit of concern.. (this is where I would put in the covered eyes monkey emoji)!
After much discussion, a support frame created by the welding lecturers at the college and a duvet to provide a comfort blanket for a horse scared of heights, we returned from lunch to see our simulator soaring over the roof! Hats off to the the professional crane operators and their team who were amazing throughout the morning. It was quite something to see our top of the range Eventing simulator flying over the building and fitting through the narrow door frame! Pegasus eat your heart out!
We wish the team at Wellantcollege all the best with their simulator, she is the first Eventing simulator in the Netherlands and will hopefully be helping train many students in the years to come.
Fingers crossed they won't be needing to move it her out of her new stable any time soon!
Last week we were fortunate enough to be able to demonstrate our new MK10 Racehorse Simulator down at Hartpury, in the Performance Centre. Check out the results below, filmed by Equine Productions. Lucy Barry is the rider...
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/