Revolutionising UK racehorse pre-training.
In a picturesque and quiet village of Lambourn, West Berkshire, a revolutionary development has been taking place at the Kingwood Stud, a premier horse training facility owned by racehorse owner and breeder Mehmet Kurt.
Kingwood Stud is set to open the new Kurtsystems – a £20m pre-training system designed to provide controlled and synchronised exercise for young racehorses, to develop stronger bones, cartilages, muscles and tendons before they enter a traditional training regime.
Kurtsystems is tipped to revolutionise racehorse training and is the first of its kind in the UK. The idea was developed by Mehmet Kurt after 20 plus years of researching horses, and testing a protoype near Istanbul in Turkey.
How it works
Horses are trained on an artificial surface training circuit, without jockeys, by being harnessed into specially designed ‘cabins’ which travel along an overhead rail track at set speeds. The speeds are managed by a computer controlled unit at the back of the cabins. The horses carry specialist saddles to replicate the weight of a jockey.
It is a mile-long circuit which can train up to 12 horses at a time. It can also be used to rehabilitate injured horses.
SCWS and Joseph Ash Galvanizing’s involvement
The architect for Kurtsystems is Sutton Griffin (based in Newbury), and the main contractor is Raymond Brown Construction Limited (based in Hamsphire). The monorail cars were designed by automotive engineers, Revolve Technologies (based in Essex). And SCWS (based in Norfolk) fabricated 411 tonnes of structural steel. SCWS then contracted Joseph Ash Chesterfield to treat the steel to promote its longevity.
The structural steel consisted of:
The 400 circular columns, the rectangular rafters and steel rail were all galvanized by Joseph Ash Chesterfield.
It was a big project for SCWS and Joseph Ash Chesterfield, and one that was completed successfully and on-time.
The future of Kurtsystems
The technology will start operating in 2017.
We send Kingwood Stud best wishes for the new project.Next page