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Dante Stables and Facilities

Dante Stables - Jason Ward

Manor House Stables – colloquially known as the Dante Yard – is located in Middleham, North Yorkshire, one of the north’s two premier training centre's, in the shadow of Middleham Castle. It boasts stabling for 40 horses plus all facilities including: five acres of prime limestone pasture (very few yards in Middleham have paddocks), all-weather lunge ring, horse walker, excellent access to gallops and schooling grounds etc.

The town is centrally located and within one hour’s drive of nine race courses, including York, Ripon, Wetherby. Middleham is steeped in racing history and folklore and currently home to 14 top trainers. It boasts world class facilities including grass and all-weather gallops and an extensive therapy centre.

Collectively, Middleham’s trainers have won more than 400 races each year for the past 38 years and every major race in the country has been won by a horse trained in the town.

The most famous of these is Dante – winner of the 1945 English Derby and last horse trained in the north to achieve the accolade. He was foaled and raised at Manor House Stud, just up the road from the Dante yard but he was trained here at Manor House stables. A plaque adorns his stable.

Dante was bred by Sir Eric Ohlson at Manor House Stud in Middleham and trained at Manor House Stables. At age two he was undefeated in six races, notably winning the Coventry and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and at three triumphed in England’s most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby.

The Dante Stakes, which is run annually at York Racecourse, main Epson Derby trial, is named in his honour and a plaque commemorating his life can still be seen above his stable at Jason’s yard in Middleham today.

Apart from the fantastic facilities and the great service you will receive at our yard there is the added bonus of picturesque towns, great hotels and top class restaurants to visit after watching your horse on the gallops.