Busman’s Holiday

As a member of team Duralock, it is not possible to go anywhere without ‘fence spotting’ and holidays are no exception! A trip to Barbados last week happily coincided with the start of the third and final racing season of 2015.


Whilst the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and competitive racing are relatively new to the island (1970’s & 80’s), this does not mean that the sport has any less of a prestigious history here than anywhere else in the world. The Barbados Turf Club, which regulates and promotes horse racing in Barbados, was established in 1905 and is located in the Historic Garrison Savannah, close to the capital, Bridgetown.

The Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845. The officers of the British Regiment, who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them.

Nowadays, those who want to enjoy race day from the stands can do so from as little as $10, however if you prefer a more informal atmosphere you can just lounge in the shade of the trees which surround the entire 6-furlong track, completely free of charge! Here, you will find traditional Bajan barbecue, burgers and cold beers all for sale from stalls, bikes and the back of vans or pickups.

A Caribbean race day is definitely an experience and not just because of the closeness of the track to the stands (you can actually stroke the winners on their way past and chat to the trainers and jockeys on their way in), but mostly because of the warm welcome and carnival atmosphere that comes with any event on these islands.

There is one complaint however, not a piece of Duralock fencing in sight… yet!



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Duralock Post and Rail Fencing

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Bath Sports Training Village Pentathlon

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Podlife – an introduction.


Every year the Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions Clubs join forces to run a charity raft race and this year’s event is on Sunday 26th July and in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice.

Not for the faint hearted, the event runs 7.1/2 miles down the River Avon from Wasperton to Stratford upon Avon and encounters 2 weirs along the way. There will be full medical and river-borne safety crews in place and health and safety is taken very seriously.

A motley crew has been formed here, The Duralock Seels, who are named in honour of Duralock’s Managing Director Jeremy Seel and are made up of the following: Captain Wayne, self-titled Chief Boat Designer Jack, two unlikely powerhouses in Harry and Connor, posh lumberjack Rob and last but not least (and some would say the brains behind the brawn), token female Nic.

Whilst searching for plastic drums to begin construction (harder than you might think), we came across some huge plastic tanks at neighbouring company ABN... cleaned out, chopped in half to make giant bathtub like objects and held together with our connectable race rail and Podlife was born.

Please follow the link should you wish to make a donation and keep an eye on our social media to track our progress!

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Triple Crown Racing

The finale of the Triple Crown is coming up on Saturday June 6th, with American Pharoah the most likely looking contender to take all three race titles in 37 years.

Here’s a brief outline of what is possibly the three most important races in American Thoroughbred Racing:

The Kentucky Derby

The first jewel in the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs. This race has earned the title ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sport’. For the horse owners, the Run for the Roses is the first step to seeing if their thoroughbred has a shot at the crown.

The Preakness Stakes

Thoroughbred racing comes to Maryland on the third Saturday in May each year for the second and shortest leg in The triple Crown. This week-long celebration concludes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and determines if there will be a Triple Crown contender for the year.

The Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes, first run in 1867, is the oldest of the Triple Crown races and one of the oldest stakes races in North America. This third and final leg is contested three weeks after the Preakness and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Only 11 times has a horse been able to wrap it all up in New York, the last being in 1978! Could this year be the 12th?

Triple Crown Winners

Triple Crown Winners

The grande finale of the jump season

Punchestown Festival,
Tuesday 28th April to Saturday 2nd May 2015.

The Punchestown Festival is the highlight of the Irish sporting and social calendar and is considered the grande finale of the jump season. With top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue, the quality of racing is unrivalled. A total of 12 Grade 1 contests take place during the Festival, making Punchestown the home of Irish National Hunt Racing.

Punchestown’s history is a long one, the first race day meeting was held in 1824 with the first Festival meeting taking place 30 years later. Brush fences and hurdles were introduced in the 1960’s and after a massive £8.75m redevelopment in 1998 the Festival became a four day event the following year. Punchestown now also hosts two all weather arenas and a Hunter Trials Course.

Full race running order and any other course information can be found here: http://www.punchestown.com/race_running_order.asp