Barton Hall Stables are ideally situated in the centre of the country making access to most racecourses both easy and economical. It also provides the perfect environment to train horses as they are surrounded by the country estate of Barton Blount, including 40 acres of post and railed paddocks and a further 120 acres of parkland.

John and Mary Mackie have been based at Barton Blount for the past 25 years having spent a small spell in Malton. John rode as an Amateur jockey before moving on to be Ian Balding’s assistant trainer at Kingsclere. Mary also rode as an Amateur jockey and was crowned Northern Point to Point champion before breaking her back in a fall at Bogside. She is a very accomplished horsewoman who has a key role as both work rider and with the yard administration.

Son James and daughter Joanna also help out riding work and schooling horses as well a assist at the races.

The Stables: The yard has 37 boxes comprising of 22 boxes in the main yard, a barn/indoor school with a further 8 boxes the remaining 7 boxes are away from the main yard thus making them ideal for isolating any threat of infection.

The Gallops: A brand new five furlong all-weather gallop is situated a few hundred yards from stables and its stiff uphill finish makes it ideal for training both jumpers and flat horses.

Schooling and Starting Stalls: The schooling ground and starting stalls are on a seven furlong grass canter on the other side of the yard but still within easy reach.

The Horse Walker: There is a 5 bay horse walker situated next to the yard which is used to warm up/cool off the horses before and after exercise.


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