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Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm training centre on the market at $6.25 million

196-acre property boasts six gallops, 40-stable barn and surface research lab

Michael Dickinson gets up close to the Tapeta surface at Wolverhampton
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Tapeta Farm, the 196-acre property belonging to iconic trainer Michael Dickinson, is on the market with an asking price of $6.25 million.

The farm, which is being sold through Goffs Property, is situated at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay on the Elk River between New York and Washington DC, meaning it is within easy reach of ten major racecourses.

As well as a landscape featuring rolling hills, forest, trails, streams, and 30 acres of paddocks, Tapeta Farm features six different turf gallops and a main house.

The 40-box barn and training gallop at Tapeta Farm

At the centre of the facility, which has been expertly developed by Dickinson, who saddled the first five home in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup, is a 40-box barn built by skilled Amish craftsmen.

The building provides each equine resident with its own window with enough overhang to be protected from rainfall while providing a view and plenty of fresh air.

Half of the stalls have friendship grills for companionship. The barn also features a well-water treatment facility, six-air-changes-per-hour ventilator system, three hay steamers, organic fly-spray system and a hay storage area.

Located on the ground floor are the tack room, offices, break room and restroom, all of which are dressed in knotty pine. Five more offices, including the trainer’s, are located on the second floor.

The main house at Tapeta Farm

Next to the barn is the performance centre, where Dickinson has installed the latest in equine equipment such as a cold saltwater spa, salt room and vibrating platform.

The performance centre also houses the covered eight-horse walker and the synthetic track surface research lab. Adjacent to the performance centre is the swimming pond with central dock.

The 4,500 square foot main house stands at the head of the property on a rise that overlooks the farm with views of Chesapeake. The English-style home features four bedrooms and three bathrooms on the second floor, as well as sitting room, den, dining room, kitchen and laundry.

The principle bedroom has his and hers walk-in closets, an elegant bathroom with spa tub and glassed in shower. A private deck off the principal bedroom overlooks the entire property.

A separate guest suite is located in the eastern wing with private bathroom and laundry. 

The first version of Tapeta was designed and laid at Tapeta Farm in 1997. Since then, racecourses and training centres around the world have adopted the surface, including Newcastle and Wolverhampton.

Southwell is set to replace its existing Fibresand surface with Tapeta following the course's August 15 fixture.


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Next to the barn is the performance centre, where Dickinson has installed the latest in equine equipment such as a cold saltwater spa and salt room
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