A Purposeful Walk

By Sarah Watson | 30th April 2018

Do you ever people watch and notice the different ways people walk? If you do, you’ll see that walks can vary hugely between people…how they move their arms, if they’re one-sided, or how much up and down motion there is! Us equine professionals may be more guilty of this than most – after all, we’re…

Guest Post: The Risks and Responsibilities in Preventing Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances in Equine Feed

By Sarah Watson | 27th April 2018

Guest post by: Dr. Cath Dunnett of Independent Equine Nutrition (IEN). There are intrinsic contamination risks associated with horse feed and supplements which have in recent years been responsible for a series of post-race positives. Contamination of feed principally occurs due to the accidental introduction of an ingredient containing a naturally occurring prohibited substance. There…

Why We’re Different – The USP And Uniqueness Of IGL Racing

By Sarah Watson | 17th April 2018

All businesses want a unique selling point (USP). However, with around 400 licensed flat trainers in the UK and as with market competition in any industry – finding, retaining or even explaining a USP can be tough!   IGL Racing has an immediate USP – that I’m the only female trainer that’s also a qualified…

Considerations and Decisions When Entering Ownership

By Sarah Watson | 29th March 2018

Racing is a dynamic sport and a vibrant industry and there can be a lot to get to grips with, ranging from equine knowledge, to an understanding of the sport itself, and commercial opportunities and connections. So if, like many people, you’re dreaming of owning a racehorse or even a string of racehorses, there are…

Big or Bespoke? 11 Reasons To Choose A Bespoke Trainer

By Sarah Watson | 21st March 2018

Selecting a trainer is one of the most important decisions you can make as a racehorse owner, right up there with choosing your horse. There are a number of factors you might take into consideration as you ponder your choice:   Location – you’ll be visiting the yard often, so you might like to consider…

7 Reasons To Become A Racehorse Owner

By Sarah Watson | 2nd March 2018

There are so many reasons to become a racehorse owner and because of this our unique sport attracts a wide-range of people with different interests, whom all come together to enjoy the extraordinary experience of horse racing. Although often considered a privilege of the very wealthy, racehorse ownership is more affordable and accessible than ever,…

Training The Two Legged Athletes

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 31st August 2016

Last week we were lucky to benefit from on site work rider training for our staff. The British Racing School Jockey coach Richard Perham came to Saint Wendred’s with a specially designed mobile training centre including a racehorse simulator. Mr. Perham rode over 230 winners in his career as a jockey, and has now gone…

A New Supporter

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 31st August 2016

Gansera-Leveque Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with Haygain. We are now very lucky to be sponsored by two top innovative equestrian companies. Haygain & long term supporters Racing Blue are leaders in their fields for equine health. Their products are invaluable to us in maintaining and improving the overall performance and nutrition…

Photos – 2 Year Old Gallopers

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 31st August 2016

We were very happy with the run from Seprani on her handicap debut. After being hampered badly inside the final furlong she displayed a good attitude and stayed on well to finish second. She came out of the race fresh and well. Our other recruits are working well too, our syndicate filly The Lady Rules (Chestnut…

European Sales

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 5th August 2016

Arqana Yearling auction catalogue  – 14th-16th August 2016 As the Deauville sales are the first major yearling sales in Europe, a large crowd always arrives to see the years offering from some exciting new stallions. This year will be no exception with the first yearlings of Group 1 winning stallion MAXIOS going through the ring. One of his first crop of yearlings to…

Newmarket Open Weekend

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 4th August 2016

17th & 18th September 2016 ..Save the date! Ilka and Stéphane will be opening the gates of Saint Wendred’s to the public again this year as part of Newmarket Open Weekend’s charity event. We will be having tours with Ilka from both a veterinary and training perspective. She will answer any questions as well as introducing you to some…

First – A short Film

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 18th July 2016

Last summer we had the pleasure of opening the gates of Saint Wendred’s to talented young director Alejandro Ahedo Perez and his team. As part of his university degree at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and funded by Channel 4, Alejandro directed and produced a short film on our philosophy at Gansera-Leveque Racing… You may have seen a…

Summer Succulents 

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 18th July 2016

With the abundance of grass in the paddock, the horses are benefiting from hand cut grass in their stables daily. The wheelbarrow full of grass is now more popular and anticipated than actual lunch time – with the four legged residents at least! … Happy and healthy horses.    

Full Circle

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 15th July 2016

At this year’s Arqana August yearling sale Deauville, I will feel pride as well as a little sadness. Here’s the story… I got my license to train racehorses in August 2012, as a business opportunity I created a shortlist of horses as potential purchases from the BBAG sales. Amongst those was the great walker Tosca. I vetted her and had my heart…

An Extra Busy Week

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 30th June 2016

Every day is a busy one at Saint Wendreds’ with each horse being given a tailor made exercise and care regime to allow them to achieve their full potential. However, this week for Ilka has been particularly hectic from Sweden to Lingfield every hour has been full! Sweden  Last weekend Ilka traveled to Sweden to attend…

World Arabian Horseracing Conference

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 27th June 2016

Earlier in May I was honoured to attend the annual World Arabian Horseracing Conference in Rome, Italy. The Arabian Horse, bringing together 500 guests from 81 countries, as an ambassador of peace is a truly powerful symbol . The visit to the Vatican flying the UAE flag will never be forgotten. I was invited by the…

We are 350

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 6th April 2016

Hello everyone, I’m back again! I thought this would be a good platform to share a piece that Harriet wrote for a Racing Post young writers competition. Her piece didn’t get into the final, so we will make the most of it! Harriet recently joined the team at Saint Wendred’s as my admin assistant. I guess…

Where are they now?

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 19th February 2016

Back to blogging! Boy has the time flown by…….. There are so many topics to write about, I always try to give it a current spin.  One subject that we will always have to think about is: what happens to all the racehorses after their career? The good ones go to the breeding shed of course…

Equine Transformers

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 14th January 2016

The great thing about working with young horses , is the change that takes place in front of your very own eyes. It’s so rewarding. When you are caught up in the day to day reality of running a racing operation you don’t always have a camera to hand or think of taking pictures all the…

May the Force be with YOU

By Ilka Gansera-Lévêque | 3rd January 2016

With horses like Storm Troupour and Force of Destiny under our care , Saint Wendred’s is  sporting a Star Wars theme these days. In weather like todays you definitely need grit , determination and some “Force” on your side. This weekend we spent a lot of time at Chelmsford racecourse ticking all the boxes, a…

Mission complete

Mission complete – All of the horses settled

It’s been a while since the last post due to “the move”; but in normal Gansera-Leveque fashion the wheels have been in motion.  All of the horses settled in nicely from day one, and now finally all of the moving-boxes (human living quarters) are unpacked as well. Hooray!  Pictures are starting to go up on the…

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Gansera-Lévêque jetzt auf Ex Darley Gelände

BORN TO RACE: Ilka Gansera-Lévêque jetzt auf Ex Darley Gelände: Die einzige deutsche Trainerin in England zieht um! Es ist eine vielversprechende neue Adresse, die Ilka Gansera-Lévêque ihren alten und ne…

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Nutter therapy

Nutter Therapy

The great thing about being a Newmarket trainer are the facilities. All you have to do is show up and use them, no maintenance required….. So, last week we took two different horses (for two different reasons) jumping in the lose school. One enjoyed it , the other one didn’t. Sometimes you have to think outside…

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Stephane's Good Night kiss

Stephane’s press release

New Arabian Racehorse Trainer in Newmarket   Newmarket trainer Stephane Lévêque is to become the UK’s newest Arabian racehorse trainer, swapping thoroughbreds for purebred Arabians as an upsurge in the sport gathers pace. With just a small number of Arabian trainers in the UK, Stephane will be only the second in Newmarket, offering owners the…

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Stephan doing Leg Stretches

Essentials, Leg Stretches Before Track Work

Welcome back! I hope the “normal folks” among the readers had some peaceful couple of days. For us race-trackers it was business as usual. Except for maybe trying to squeeze in a church visit….   The racing season is under full swing now and there is no time mosey about. Before we hit the track for morning workout, each…

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Racehorse are athletes

Racehorses Are Professional Athletes

Racehorses are professional athletes. We do a lot to keep them sound and happy.  In the pictures you see an example of kinesio-taping. This is a sports taping method that promotes the healing of traumatised tissue and muscles.  You may have seen this  on TV before (on the sports channel), because it is commonly used in all types…

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with Lamont Racing and Zebelini in the Winner Circle

Lamont Racing

 Lamont Racing (www.lamontracing.co.uk) was one of my biggest supporters last year. I owe more than a thank you and a blog post to Craig and Eilidh McClymont.  It all started with a Sunday morning phone call (around 6 o’clock) with some unknown country code. It was Craig calling from his work in Kazakstan. Between the bad…

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Tosca with Filly by Maxios

Tosca’s first foal by Maxios is a filly

 It’s a Girl! Tosca, my good filly, had her first foal in the early morning hours of February 21st at Clementine Stud in Normandie France. This is a picture of the filly by Maxios on day 4. She is still unnamed, but a few names starting with T are floating around in the room: Traviata, Tenacity …….

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Sunrise on the heath in Newmarket

The ultimate fan Michael Smithson – Photographer

Most of the pictures in this blog come from the lens of Michael Smithson, one of the greatest racing fans I know.  To me Michael is the “official” Newmarket photographer, it feels like I’ve known him all my life. Racehorse photography is Michael’s passion, I don’t think there is a yard in Newmarket that he…

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