George and Aurelia Young visited Toby Balding's recently completed stables at Kimpton, and saw some of the 70 horses which he trained being exercised.
Toby Balding has held a licence since September 1956, during which time he has trained nearly two thousand winners both Flat and National Hunt and is presently numerically the fifth leading National Hunt Trainer of all time and still going strong.
"It was great to go out on the Gallops with Toby, and to listen to him talking about the horses and their prospects. No one could ask for a better setting than the superb scenery between Kimpton and Shipton Bellinger."
"The new stables had every physical comfort and accessory a horse could want, and the stables provide jobs and in some cases accommodation for many local people. The fields and woods are well-maintained, giving cover for a lot of wildlife."
Toby Balding has trained in the Andover area for all but two of his forty-one year career, and the Kimpton Down gallops have provided the facility for the majority of these successes. Now Kimpton Wood House is becoming the focal point of the yard's many social activities, an area in which the Fyfield Team feel they excel. The Team accentuates the strong point of a family run business, and wife Caro fronts the social programme. The Yard is overseen by Assistant Trainer, partner and son-in-law, Jonathan Geake, whose wife and Toby's daughter, Serena, runs the Racing Office.
"We also met their son Gerald, who was helping out before the circus he runs - Giffords Circus - begins its season in May."
There will be an Open Day at the Stables at 10am on May 9th, comprising a welcome by Clare Balding, the leading BBC racing commentator, a parade of horses including Cool Ground, Beech Road, Morley Street, Forest Sun and Polden Pride.