Architect Timothy Court
Every horse owner dreams of creating their own equestrian facility. Creating the perfect space for both equines and humans to relax and perform to the very best of their abilities.
For those planning to make this dream a reality, Australian Equestrian Architect, Timothy Court, is the ideal choice. Timothy was previously responsible for both the Sydney 2000 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Equestrian venues, and completed the Balios Equestrian Club in South Korea in 2015. Balios, the unique private club represents the ultimate in top end, state-of-the-art, high-tech, riding facilities.
The facility houses two indoor arenas, two outdoor arenas, a luxurious Clubhouse, 108 stables and 10km of riding trails throughout the grounds of the meticulously maintained golf course. “The design of the Club uses elements of traditional Korean residential architecture with different textures and levels of local stone.The combination with the deep eave shadows and flat panelled roof to create a strongly earthed building form with an intimate atmosphere”, said Court.
“I am hoping the stonework ages and gathers moss allowing the entire building to be absorbed into the landscape.” Entering the club, you are greeted by a hotel-style reception and an amazing upmarket tack shop which opens into the restaurant and bar area unveiling a full vista of the 75m x 35m main arena on the floor below. The arena itself is housed within a vaulted hall with views to the two outdoor arenas with seating for 400 on one side and function areas for events on the other. “As all riding in winter is done indoors, we designed the main outdoor arena, so it could be flooded, frozen and then used by children as a skating rink”, said Court. From reception a lift or stair takes you to the stables on lower floor, or private dining or conference rooms on the floor above. The stables have members’ locker-rooms (with a boot cleaning facility), a full gymnasium and lecture theatre and an instructors’ office with all these having views of the arena. Stone archways with leadlight windows then lead to the barns that have timber stables trimmed in stainless steel and brass with each stable box even having individual vacuum cleaning points.
Outside, the training arena is lined with bonsai gardens that can be overlooked by horses through the windows to each box, staff accommodation apartments on corner towers of the stables enclose the space enhancing the intimate atmosphere.
Perimeter archways then lead to the 10km of riding trails that traverse the perimeter of the golf course. “It was a wonderful project with a brilliant client in an amazing environmental setting and hopefully we have created something very special” said Court. “We are always looking for clients that are willing to lift the bar on quality and safety for guests and the wellbeing of horses.”
For more information on Tim Court and his 35-years of equine facility design visit here: www.timothycourt.com.au.
World Equestrian Center
The World Equestrian Center (WEC) one of the United States' largest and best known equestrian centres has released an incredible 3D video tour of their burgeoning Ocala, Florida, facility; due to open in 2021. Already under construction, the vast complex is nestled on 4,000 acres of prime Floridian real-estate in the heart of what is described as Horse Country. When completed, the World Equestrian Center will be a world-class multi indoor and outdoor arena facility with state of the art amenities that can accommodate numerous different disciplines within the Equine Industry.
Miami Beach designer Ric Owens has been hired by the World Equestrian Center and Roberts Design for Project Coordination of interiors and exteriors for all the buildings on this impressive site which will be a leader in equestrian sports.
The 'virtual tour' takes viewers on a flying journey, initially giving a bird’s eye view that alludes to the size and scope of the facility and then swooping in to focus on details of the many elegant amenities - which include a grand stadium and arena complex (four of which are indoor and seventeen outdoor), stabling facilities which can accommodate over 2,000+ permanent residents of all sizes and rival the very finest found anywhere. These concrete stalls are temperature controlled in order to cope with the often hot and humid Floridian climate.
The barns themselves are also well kitted out with security-enhanced tack rooms and wash racks that have both hot and cold water. Humans are also extremely well catered for at WEC Ocala with a five-story luxury hotel featuring heavily in the design. Indeed, the hotel will feature 254 suites, some of which will come complete with balconies where guests can take in world-class equestrian events in luxury and comfort.
Within the master-plan of the project, there are also equestrian, golf and country club facilities. But perhaps most intriguingly, the World Equestrian Center will also be home to the World Equestrian Estates - a 4,000 acre allocation of land, especially designated for private real-estate development. There are 300 farms and a limited number of 3-acre lots. WEC's in-house Design Team, Roberts Design, led by Designer Ric Owens, will gladly assist each client build their Dream Home and Unique Barns in this Equestrian Utopia. Residents will also have access to the Golden Ocala Clubhouse and access to their stunning amenities.
Hotel with 18,000 Sq. ft. of retail space
Attached 3-acre grand outdoor stadium
On-site riding trails spanning scenic areas
Secured gated community
Restaurants, including fine dining overlooking the grand stadium
Climate-controlled stalls, barns and indoor arenas
Ocala is located in Marion County, Florida, in the north of the state. It is one of only five cities (four in the US and one in France) permitted under Chamber of Commerce guidelines to use the title, "Horse Capital of the World", based on annual revenue produced by the horse industry. Approximately 44,000 jobs are sustained by breeding, training, and related support of the equine industry, which generates over $2.2 billion in annual revenue. It was 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed, from Ocala, which put the area firmly on the map.