2-Year-Olds are delicate . . . Protect your dream at Tapeta™ Farm
Michael Dickinson and his seven-ingredient surface (which he's patented) was perfected after several years of trial and error - and many dollars. His surface is a mixture of "53% sand, 5% rubber and 42% 'secret recipe.' " While stabled at Fair Hill in Maryland, he worked for years on perfecting his new surface, working on different mixtures in little pots.
When it came time to finally mix up his first sizable batch of material to lay down at Tapeta™, he wound up with "Michaels Mistake." Once it was perfected, the Tapeta™ surface was unlike anything anyone has ever seen. It holds any amount of water that can be put on it and remains fast and dry. It has a spring and give to it that helps strengthen horses' muscles in different ways, much like waling on sand at the beach. There is plenty of "give" to it upon initial impact, then it takes additional muscle power to push off while accelerating over the track. To further work the horse aerobically, the Tapeta™ surface, as well as Dickinson's grass surfaces are on an incline, so the horses are constantly running slightly uphill.
Dr. George Pratt, a professor at MIT, assessed the surface and noted that horses working on the Tapeta™ surface experience one-half the impact as compared to running on a conventional surface. He said "It's like running on a living room rug." Dickinson is so confident of the surface that if a horse has a chip, fracture, or quarter crack while in training at Tapeta™ Farm, he will pay for the surgery to be done at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center.
Report on the Tapeta™ Track by Dr. George Pratt, Professor, MIT
Dr. Pratt has measured over 30 tracks in the United States and Canada as well as tracks in England and France. Dr. Pratt has published his findings. His most recent publication is Model for Injury to the Foreleg of the Thoroughbred Racehorse. This was published in Equine Veterinary Journal 1997 and was presented at the International Symposium on Biomechanics in Saumur, France.
Michael W. Dickinson, Inc.
100 Piney Creek Lane North East, Maryland 21901
Phone: 410-287-4567 Fax: 410-287-8410