Nestled in a quiet part of leafy Hertfordshire, Harper Lodge Farm Stables is a 115-acre private training establishment in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Driving through the automatic wrought iron gates along the private avenue of perfectly manicured yew trees, one enters an equine haven.
The front quad, the main stabling area comprises 20 large, airy wooden boxes on four sides surrounding the lawn where horses can have a pick of grass after morning exercise. The eye is drawn to the old clock tower below which is a painting of Dawns Delight, winner of 17 races for Ken Ivory. Many top class horses have been stabled here, even including three-time Grand National winning legend, Red Rum, who stopped off here during his tour of “opening” betting shops in the 70s!
There is additional stabling and currently the yard has some 60 horses in training with wonderful training facilities. The gallop is a mile all-weather polytrack with a gentle climb and twists and turns, so the horses learn to go left and right handed.
Other training facilities include a nursery gallop, a railed 200-metre all-weather trotting ring, a ménage , an undercover horse walker and an equine spa to cool the horses’ legs after racing.
The latest addition is a superb, large indoor school inside the perimeter of the trotting ring and to keep the horses happy and relaxed, there are also plenty of turn-out paddocks with shelter for the horses to unwind during the season.
Close by the M25 and M1, the yard is ideally situated for getting to local racecourses such as Windsor, Ascot, Sandown and Kempton but also tracks further afield.
Owners are welcome during the week or at a week end and indeed part of the welcome is a new Owners’ Room where Owners can relax over a cup of coffee and watch a recording of their latest winner.
If you would like to visit the stables, to arrange a personal tour, please contact the Racing Office on 01923 855 337 or call Dean on his mobile – 07785 118 658.