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Doug King

Doug King is a third generation horse trainer. He is part of a long family tradition of training race horses, both on the flat and steeplechasing - a tradition he now continues from the 55-acre Kimberton, Pa., farm that he shares with his wife, Martha.

Doug KingSeveral years ago, King made the decision to build a racing business, buying weanlings every year, and he now trains young horses by quality sires.

The farm offers all of the advantages of a classic European-style training facility, with a state of the art training track, designed with all weather footing.

“Our training track was modeled after the rings built for the London Olympics, designed to handle any amount of rain. Our track is never sloppy so we don’t lose training days due to bad weather,“ said King.

The farm boasts a beautiful, seven furlong, uphill turf gallop, alongside a sand gallop for inclement weather, reminiscent of the best training facilities in England. In addition, “the property has what I call ‘the mountain’ ” said King. “It’s a three furlong steep hill for trotting and easy galloping or blowouts. The hill really builds muscle on the horses.”

A new Kraft 6-horse covered walker also adds to the fitness and training amenities found at Royal Crown Stables, LLC.

The farm’s picturesque main barn has wonderful air flow, featuring front-back stall ventilation for each horse.

With over 30 stalls, abundant grass paddocks, smaller sand paddocks for horses in race preparation or on lay-up, the facility meets the needs of horses in many different stages of training.

Jump training also figures prominently in the facility, with a beautiful arena equipped with GGT footing, complemented by countless natural hurdles and logs throughout the farm, as well as a grass jump field.

On the back 30 acres of the farm is a meadow by the pond with very soft footing, even in the middle of summer, which is great for figure-eight galloping and teaching horses lead changes.

Royal Crown Stables, LLC also has 6 stalls at Fair Hill Training Center, the preeminent thoroughbred training center in the country.

“Fair Hill enables us to obtain recorded works and to get the horses through the starting gate to get their gate cards, in a quality setting that is unrivaled in the industry," said King.

Contact Doug for a tour of the facilities, to see the horses and to discuss training, rehab and ownership/syndication opportunities.

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Name: Doug King
Facility: Royal Crown Stables, LLC.
Phone: 610-639-8880
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Specialty: Flat and Steeplechase Training
Major accomplishments:
Setting a track record with a first-time starter in the Genesee Hunt Cup.
Riding in the Maryland Hunt Cup and Virginia Gold Cup.
Winning with his first starter in 25 years.

Rates: On request


Learn from the best to be best yourself

Laura Chapot has been circuit champion at both the Winter Equestrian Festival and HITS shows so many times she can't even remember how many, and she has also trained many circuit champions.

Laura Chapot on Out of IrelandLaura Chapot on Out of IrelandChapot has also been Leading Rider and has ridden the champion open jumper many times at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and at the Devon Fall Classic.

She  is the trainer and star rider at Chado Farms in Neshanic Station, N.J., a full service boarding and training facility offering lessons and training to riders and horses from inexperienced to advanced.

Boarders can be short term, or they can be long term with the opportunity to also travel to shows with Chapot, including travelling down to Wellington, Fla., for the WEF.

While some of Chapot's students are full time boarders, others ship in for lessons or just meet her at shows.

Chado Farms trains jumpers, hunters and eventers as well as breaking young horses and retraining off the track thoroughbreds for new careers in jumping.

Chado Farms has 50 acres with indoor and outdoor arenas, a horse walker for conditioning and injury recovery, daily turnout pstures and field board for retirees and young horses.

George Morris Shares Wisdom with Athletes of All Levels

After retiring as Chef d'Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, George H. Morris set his sights on developing the future of the sport by conducting clinics around the world.

georgemorrisFocusing on helping riders develop correct form and function, Morris has often been referred to as the founding father of hunt seat equitation.

Second to none, his teachings, technique and style are revered around the world.

Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author and judge.

In addition to his clinics, Morris recently released his autobiography UNRELENTING -The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights, and My Pursuit of Excellence.

He has also joined forces with JPC Equestrian, one of the world's largest manufacturers of English riding apparel, footwear and equipment, to launch The George H Morris Collection of equestrian apparel.

For more information about George Morris, please visit

Suzy Stafford specializes in training both horses and drivers

Suzy Stafford is an accomplished driver who shares her expertise with clients through her training facility, Stafford Carriage Driving.

Suzy StaffordSuzy StaffordStafford Carriage Driving is a training facility specializing in the training and education of the horse and driver.

Our main goals are instilling safety, proficiency and the competitive edge in clients.

Our services include full boarding and training for carriage driving, as well as lessons and clinics with world class instruction.

Fitness programs are also available for the competitive driving enthusiast, and consultations and evaluations can be scheduled as well.

Our training center is located in the quaint waterfront town of Chesapeake City, Md., from April through December, and sunny Ocala, Fla., from January through April.

Michel Assouline takes over as chef d'equipe of para-equestrian

Michel Assouline joins U.S. Equestrian after nearly 12 years as head coach to the multi-medal winning British para-equestrian dressage program.

Michel AssoulineMichel Assouline

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge about para-equestrian dressage and dressage trainer/coach development.

Assouline will work hand-in-hand with the chef d’equipe, Kai Handt, and the director of Para-Dressage, Laureen Johnson, to prepare the U.S. athletes for the 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games.

He will also be leading the development and implementation of a trainer/coach development program, while working closely with the USEF/USPEA Para Centers of Excellence, delivering and running additional seminars and coaching sessions.

For more information on the Centers of Excellence and educational opportunities contact Austyn Erickson, COE coordinator, at 859-225-6929.

You can also contact USEF Para Equestrian Discipline Director: Laureen Johnson - WWW.USEF.ORG

Off The Track Thoroughbreds ready for trainers to buy

Trainers, looking for your next OTTB?

Lauren Gassaway Executive Director CANTER Delaware left Bev Strauss President Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue right Lauren Gassaway Executive Director CANTER Delaware left Bev Strauss President Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue right Whether you’re looking for your next sales project or personal riding horse, the Delaware Park Showcase, presented by Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, CANTER Delaware,
and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, is a great opportunity to find your next horse.

Delaware Park horses retiring from racing will be presented and offered for sale to the public.

With retraining, these horses will be suitable for any discipline.

We expect 25+ Thoroughbreds, Arabians, and lead ponies to be available, and retiring Thoroughbreds will be eligible for the 2018
Thoroughbred Makeover.

Additionally, this event is an excellent opportunity for trainers to network with horsemen in the racing industry.

Trainers: Visit our website and/or Facebook page to view current horses available.

Horse Sellers: Contact us directly and we’ll list your horse.

Contact Information: Bev Strauss at Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue, (610)-405-0607; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Lauren Gassaway. CANTER Delaware, (410)-404-3666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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