Kentuckiana Lodge is a highly maintained harness training facility, consistently being fine-tuned with regular improvements.
Consisting of 100 acres (45 Hectares) of pasture green grass for its equine athletes, it has a professionally groomed 1000m track.

“I have a beaut 3 tonne¬†track conditioner¬† from Bendigo, Victoria, which can go as deep as I want,” Cran said.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought and makes the track like running on a beach,” he said.

“Having the track surface like a beach enables the horses to work and get their heart rates up without going fast, reducing the risk of injuries.”

Racehorse preparations are complemented by the equine swimming pool.

“Horses undergo intense aeobic conditioning in the pool with virtually no concussive effects by swimming,” Cran said.

“Not only is swimming ideal for the racing athlete, it is also beneficial for horses recuperating from injuries.”

The pool has played its part in extending the race careers of many horses who have niggles from track training. “Most horses take naturally to swimming. They don’t seem to mind swimming round in circles.”

Two years ago, a new barn was added, essentially to house up to 14 yearling colts as Cran annually replenishes stocks from the yearling sales.

The barn has been constructed close to the Kentuckiana Lodge training track, allowing easy access and room for breaking-in, and long-reining of the youngsters.

The hay racks a bit lower than usual, and they open out so you can fill the feed bins without actually entering the box.

Cran has made slight modfications after viewing other barns.

He is happy with the finished product, the new home for yearlings secured from the sales.

Stable foreman Kevin Turnbull says having the yearlings housed away from the race team is beneficial.

“We found last year it became a little bit messy when the yearlings arrived, so it will be good having them in their own area,” he said.

Windows at the exterior of each box allow ventilation and the opportunity for the yearlings to take in outside activities.

Kentuckiana Lodge have multiple established barns, used to house the strong race team.

Travelling to race-meetings, workouts and trials, is carried out in comfort in either the horse transporter, or tandem horse float.

The operation is run methodically, in a controlled, calm, atmosphere.

Huge asset. The imported track conditioner.

Huge asset. The imported track conditioner.


Swimming pool exercise at Kentuckiana Lodge.

Swimming pool exercise at Kentuckiana Lodge.


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An aerial view of Kentuckiana Lodge


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Another aerial view of the barns before the yearling barn was added.


A look from the inside of the yearling barn.

A look from the inside of the yearling barn.


The feed bins open out without entering the box.

The feed bins open out without entering the box.


Cody Singer, looks outside his box.

A yearling looks outside his box.

Other photos of Kentuckiana Lodge equipment, and training facilities, follow below . . .