IGL’s training operation has moved to a custom built example of what a racing yard should be, surrounded by some of the best racehorse training facilities in the world.
From Ilka and Stéphane’s apartment above the yard they can look out on 32 splendidly built boxes arranged on three sides of a square. It means there is 24/7 supervision of every horse in their care.
The yard gives direct access to the extensive Hamilton Road gallops, within sight of Newmarket’s world class Rowley Mile and July racecourses set amidst more than 50 miles of grass and all-weather gallops.
One particular well was an ancient water source which became Christianised into St. Wendred’s well because of the restorative power of the water used for walking horses into, it’s a fitting link with Ilka’s veterinary skills and natural horsemanship.
Come Visit Saint Wendred's
Bedford Racing Club Visit - Saturday 23rd September 2017
The Racing Club members that came on this visit on Saturday were unanimous in saying what an interesting time they had with you. Thank you and the team very much for allowing us the privilege of looking at your immaculate yard and learning about the way that you approach racing.
We were all particularly interested in the GPS system you use enabling so much more information to be gained about the horse in its work. We all wish you much success in the future, and, if you were happy with us, perhaps we might come again at some future date.
Ann B. Gilpin
for Bedford & District Racing Club