Facilities

Private grass gallops

We are very proud to have access to the privately owned 85-acres of grass gallops at Compton Downs. The unique gallops have been in existence for 150 years and provide a wonderful surface on which gallop horses - it is very forgiving in summer and takes the rain well in winter. The gallops have trained Derby horses, Group race winners, Royal Ascot heros, as well Cheltenham Festival winners. We can gallop horses over all distances over a straight 5f to an uphill "horseshoe shape" 1m4f. Geoffrey Deacon Training is one of only two trainers lucky enough to have access to use the gallop on an ad lib basis.

All-weather gallop - sand

Our daily exercise is done on an uphill 5f all-weather sand canter.

All-weather gallop - rubber

We are lucky to have the additional option of using  an uphill 5f all-weather rubber gallop at Oakingham Stud, which is just a few minutes away accessed by a bridle path.

Indoor ride

We have an indoor ride which is invaluable for use when the weather is bad or if the horses are having an easy day. We also have a short "leg stretch" canter by the yard for use after trotting in the ride – it is a perfect exercise for the babies or for the fully fit horses who just need to tick over between races.

Indoor school

Indoor all-weather school was put in a couple of years ago and is used to lunge and start off the youngsters, or for a spot of jumping education

Historic yard

Horses have been trained at Hamilton Stables since 1850, most notably since 1930 by George Beeby, Ken and Peter Cundell. We moved here in 2014 and have since done much to refurbish the stabling with improved ventilation and changes to the layout. 

Turnout paddocks and cages

An important part of the daily routine for the horses involves some time out in the paddocks or cages. We have five new post-and-railed paddocks and two cages to ensure all have some time out.

Fine Equinity Heart rate monitor

We started using Fine Equinity's heart rate monitor in 2016 and it has become a valued tool. The data it gives, which can be accessed live or downloaded to the computer once back in the yard, gives us an insight into the physiology of the horses as they gallop, fitten and work.  We also regularly use a nebuliser for respiration and massage rug for any tight muscles. Alan Creighton from the Irish Equine Centre pops in for six-monthly biosecurity check ups, and on a fortnightly basis we use a "fogger" to disinfect the stables. 

Horse walker

Our walker allows the horses to exercise and stretch their legs in a quiet location and in a controlled manner.  

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Geoffrey Deacon Training,

Hamilton Stables, Hockham Road, Compton, Berkshire, RG20 6QJ

geoffdeacon5@gmail.com  |  07967 6267567