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.

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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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Equitana, Germany 14-22nd March 2015

Messe Essen houses 850 exhibitors in 17 exhibition halls during the 9 days that Equitana is held. Dubbed ‘The Equestrian Sports World Fair’, it certainly lives up to its reputation.

With every equestrian need catered for, from feeding to breeding, don’t be surprised to see people passing by with brand new wheelbarrows loaded to the hilt with the latest products or whizzing past on scooters. There are live shows and galas throughout, with around 1000 horses taking part and many of them camping on the site. There is also an entire market street and even the odd brass band appearing randomly throughout the halls!

Duralock Performance Fencing has been an exhibitor here for many years and this year we can be found at Stand C32 in Hall 3. So why not pop by for a coffee and a chat with Jean-Philippe or Julie? We are located close to the main Eingang West entrance.

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Jumping for joy

William Hill Imperial Cup Day – Saturday 7th March 2015

William Hill Imperial Cup Day is a must for any Jump racing fan. The day features on Channel 4 and includes two Grade 3 races and the Mares Bumper.

Sandown Park was one of the first courses to be enclosed and this style proved to be a great success, followed soon after by a proliferation of ‘Park’ courses, including the nearby Hurst Park and Kempton Park. The Eclipse Stakes was inaugurated in 1882 and in 1907 the first Imperial Cup was run.

The Imperial Cup, run at Sandown the weekend before Cheltenham, was once the premier hurdle race in the calendar, although that honour now belongs to Cheltenham and the Champion Hurdle, the Imperial still remains as one of the most prestigious. Duralock Performance Fencing is used throughout.

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Sandown Park, racerail

 

For more information on the course, the event, ticket options and even what to wear, please visit: http://sandown.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/william-hill-imperial-cup-day