The TGSF is pleased to announce the purchase of six flights of EASYFIX Fences. The fences, designed with the input of the NSA Safety Committee and NSA horsemen, arrived in the US two weeks ago and have been distributed to three separate locations in the mid-Atlantic, to give NSA horsemen an opportunity to school over the fences this fall.
Schooling over the EASYFIX Fences is free at all locations. Releases MUST be signed at each location, each time you school.
There are two EASYFIX Fences at the Willowdale Steeplechase course.
Schooling on Wednesdays from 12 – 2, from September 30th through October 14th.
You must schedule your schooling with Kathy Neilson (email@example.com or 484-833-8094)
You must sign a release
Park on the gravel driveway.
RACECOURSE IS NOT OPEN FOR SCHOOLING – Fences are located in the Tailgate parking area behind the big gray barn.
There are two EASYFIX Fences at the Shawan Downs racecourse.
Schooling is open the week of September 28, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call or email Danielle Oster (firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-386-2097)
Please see the Shawan Downs website for all the details, rider releases, scheduling info, etc.
There are two EASYFIX Fences at Doug Fout’s farm.
Schooling is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call Doug to schedule (540-270-9612)
Park at Doug’s barn. Doug will hand you a release, or you can pre-print one, below.
You MUST sign a release
We would love to hear how your schooling session went with the new fences!
Call Jack Fisher with your thoughts.
TGSF would like to thank Willowdale Steeplechase; Leslie Young and Jonathan Sheppard’s crews for assisting in set-up; Shawan Downs; Doug Fout.
We also wish to express our gratitude to Al Griffin and to the NSA for all their assistance in pushing the button to get the fences ordered.
Finally, THANK YOU. Your donations purchased these new fences, and for that we are incredibly grateful. We appreciate you Funding Opportunity, Growth & Change!
Learn More About the EASYFIX Fences
The National Fence has been used as the standard Fence here in the USA since 1972 (nearly 50 years) with little or no change to the Fence other than adding ground and “knee” lines. The National Fence been has been fully studied in a multi-year review process from the NSA Safety Committee, headed by Reynolds Cowles, DVM. The Safety Committee has kept detailed statistics on yearly fatalities of horses as well as injury to horse and rider for more than eight years.
After a thorough multi-year statistical and slo-motion video review of the current National Fence, the NSA took what it learned from the study, drawing specific and scientific conclusions on the National Fence and its weaknesses (and strengths). The NSA consulted and then contracted with EASYFIX of Galway, Ireland to design and customized a new Fence specifically to meet the needs of the NSA today and well into the future.
The EASYFIX Fence is similar in nearly all regards to the National Fence we’ve been racing over for nearly fifty years with a few notable exceptions. The EASYFIX Fence has been customized for the NSA and offers important state-of-the-art advantages over the current National Fence:
- There is no steel in the EASYFIX Fence – it is made of a roto-mould plastic base, EASYFIX’s plastic birch, rubber matting, and styrofoam
- The EASYFIX Fence is the same height as the National Fence: 51 inches tall
- Each EASYFIX section is 46” wide vs. 90” allowing lengthening or shortening of a flight based on racecourse and entries with the ability to ship in our current 48 foot NSA trailers
- EASYFIX’s patented interlock between the sections is designed so that each section fits tightly and snugly on the “male” to “female” interlock. This unique design adds significant downward pressure and weight to each flight – the sections can not and will not separate from each other
- Based on input from NSA horsemen and the Safety Committee, the breadth of the EASYFIX Fence is a bit broader than the National Fence by 8” to encourage better jumping of maidens and seasoned horses alike
- The EASYFIX Fence is made of a one-piece construction – horses can not put a foot between the roll and the steel frame as there is no gap
- The EASYFIX Fence is exceptionally easy and considerably less time consuming to set-up offering significant consistency from one Race Meet to the next – no need for last minute adjustments with tightening ropes and tarps
- YES, the exterior cover on the apron is BROWN turf not GREEN. Unlike we humans, horses can not see differences in colors particularly brown, green and orange; only contrasting colors i.e. white (see this Exiter University study)
Based on strong encouragement and suggestions by NSA horsemen, EASYFIX designed just for the NSA, a very large “soft spot” in the middle part of the apron so that a horse sticking a errant foot into the apron will provide give. Unlike the current foam rubber roll, the soft spot is not bottomless giving up to 6” of support to a horse if he sticks his foot in a place it doesn’t belong.
Despite rumors to the contrary, this EASYFIX Fence can not flip over.