Equestrian Property Sales & Lettings
The market for equine property has three specific areas: stud farms (horse farms in the USA), training yards for racehorses, and centres for competition horses such as showjumpers, dressage and 3 day eventing. There are only a few properties for sale, and a few buyers looking for each category at any one time, so at Windsor Clive International we pride ourselves in knowing who is in the market, and who wishes to sell their equestrian property. Many properties are not on our website as some sellers prefer a private sale.
We have a lettings department in the firm. The market place for letting training yards and stud farms can be fast moving, particularly when racehorse trainers have a sudden influx of horses from a new owner. Stud farms are more difficult to place and our knowledge of who is in the market is crucial.
Sometimes we find new employed trainers rather than tenants, depending on the requirements of the owner. Often the quality of the tenant is more important than the headline rent, and we never forget that it is a whole business that has to move, with a significant number of employees.
We can undertake project management and give input into the design of training yards and stud farms. Mark Kershaw MRICS has a long and detailed experience in racecourse surfaces, design and management.
We can undertake a property search for clients, our unrivalled knowledge in the equestrian property sector means that other estate agents tell us early what they have coming to the market. In addition we often know which owners may be worth an approach.
The valuation of specialist property needs specialist knowledge. Our clients have included well known breeders, trainers, local authorities and government departments, as well as banks and financial institutions.
The Racing Centres
The largest thoroughbred racing centre in Britain, home to about 50 training yards, 2 racecourses and Tattersalls Sales. The real hub of racing - the Jockey Club gallops are unrivalled (www.jockeyclubestates.com). With renowned vets and surrounded by stud farms, it is only 65 miles from London, close to Cambridge and Stansted Airport. We visit many of our clients at the sales, when the breeders, trainers and bloodstock agents are all in one place.
The village in the valley is 60 miles west of London, with 30 training yards and lovely gallops on the top of the Downs, also run by the Jockey Club. With a reputation for National Hunt horses it now has as many flat trainers, particularly since the gallops have been the subject of significant investment since 2002. Easy to reach via the M4, it is also within range of many renowned independent training centres on the Downs, such as Manton, Beckhampton and East and West Ilsley.
Middleham and Malton
These two very different Yorkshire centres are not just for northern owners and to serve the northern tracks. The facilities are superb and they are a joy to visit. The gallops on Middleham High and low Moor are spectacular. Malton, close to York is more accessible and has gallops on the Wolds. Both the centres boast some famous trainers with big strings of horses.
For the trainer who wants to be on London's doorstep. There is a limited supply, with training yards only rarely coming to the open market. The underused gallops on the famed Epsom Downs, are superb.
The training grounds at The Curragh in Co Kildare provide turf, peat and all weather gallops on approximately 1,500 acres which is accessible to any trainer, flat, National Hunt and point to point, in Ireland.
The Curragh racecourse is the headquarters of Flat Racing in Ireland, hosting all five Classic Races including the Irish Derby.
Chantilly and Lamorlaye
Without doubt the most elegant of all the world's training centres. Only 30km from Paris and close to Charles de Gaulle Airport, it is extremely accessible and is full of very successful trainers. The gallops of Les Aigles and the Piste des Lions are justifiably renowned. There are endless rides through the forest which are a real feature of this training centre.
The Normandy town of Deauville is not only a delightful summer resort in its own right, but also a racing centre, with two wonderful racecourses and the Arquana Sales complex. Although ideally placed for the stud farms of Calvados and the Orne, it is also only 2 hours from Paris.