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 Tapeta Farm

on c.196 acres
100 Piney Creek Lane, North East, Maryland 2190



One of the premier training centres in United States, set on c.196 acres of prime grassland at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay on the Elk River.

Tapeta Farm is one of the premier thoroughbred training centres in the United States. Situated on 196 acres at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay on the Elk River, Tapeta Farm is mid-way between New York City and Washington D.C. and is within easy vanning distance to ten major tracks.

Its natural beauty with rolling hills, forest, trails, streams, and thirty acres of luxurious paddocks is augmented by six different season turf tracks, main house and elegant tree breaks placed along the entrance drive, which give the property a decidedly English countryside appeal.

What truly sets Tapeta farm apart is the tremendous effort and expertise of renowned horseman and trainer, Michael Dickinson. Dickinson is perhaps most famous for such extraordinary achievements as training the first five in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup and twelve winners on Boxing Day in 1982, both of which are in the Guinness Book of World Records. Dickinson's most acclaimed flat training feat came with Da Hoss who went on to win the 96 and 98 Breeders' Cup Mile.

His thirst for knowledge has brought him toward many innovations. The track he set out to develop has evolved in the world recognized Tapeta training surface, a project that continues today. Its forgiving cushion reduces injuries for horses and thus riders. Less kick back makes competitions fairer and excellent drainage keeps training on schedule year-round.

The Farm

The centrepiece of the facility’s impressive layout is the forty-stall barn built by skilled Amish craftsmen. Each horse has its own outside window with enough overhang to be protected from rainfall while providing a view and plenty of fresh air. Half of the stalls have friendship grills for companionship. The barn also features a well-water treatment facility, six-air-changes-per-hour ventilator system, three hay steamers, organic fly-spray system and a hay storage area. Centrally located on the ground floor are the tack room, offices, break room and restroom: all dressed in knotty pine, a theme carried throughout the facility. Five more offices, including the trainer’s office are located on the second floor.

Tapeta has 6 tracks to make training in any weather possible. Running parallel are a 60-foot wide grass track for normal weather, a 40-foot wide track for drought conditions and a track they call Noah’s Ark, which is for wet weather. Beyond that, a 100 foot wide hill track provides a unique training opportunity. And finally, the seven 1/2 furlong Tapeta 10 track boasts a three-stall starting gate. Intermingled is the tractor barn and forest trail, which helps connect training areas to the barn.

Training Facilities

The success of the farm can be attributed to its attention to detail; its state-of-the-art equipment, agricultural conservation efforts, and to its dedicated professional employees who overlook every aspect of Tapeta.

Of the thirty acres for turnout, there are ten turnout paddocks covering twenty acres, two movable round pens, organic grazing areas, and two sand pens.

Next door to the barn is the Performance Centre that boasts the latest in equine equipment such as a cold saltwater spa, salt room, vibrating platform, and three examining stalls.

The performance centre also houses the auxiliary energy system as well as a covered eight-horse Euro-Cizer, and the synthetic track surface research lab.

Adjacent to the Performance Centre is the swimming pond with central dock.

The Residence

The 4,500 square foot main house stands at the head of the property on a rise that overlooks the farm with views of Chesapeake. The tree lined drive leads to a modern English-styled home with attached three car garage. The pillared entranceway opens to the foyer with the great room, sitting room, den, dining room, kitchen and laundry. There are two half-baths and two fireplaces on the first floor. A separate guest suite is located in the eastern wing with private bathroom and laundry. The layout is warm and friendly and is augmented by beautifully finished random-width aged pine floors.

The second floor features four bedrooms and three baths. The principle bedroom has two expansive (his and hers) walk-in closets, an elegant bathroom with spa tub and glassed in shower. A private deck off the principle bedroom overlooks the entire property.

Tapeta Farm is a stunning facility of unequalled infrastructure combined with natural beauty. It has been meticulously conceived, built and maintained, offering the seriously minded a rare opportunity.


Follow Route 95 until exit 100, (approximately 55 minutes from Philadelphia airport and approximately 45 minutes from Baltimore). Take Route 272 south and go through the town of North East. Six miles after leaving North East, there is a yellow/orange signpost on your right which says Elk River Lane. The sign is on your right, the lane on is on your left immediately before a very sharp right hand bend. Take the left turn and drive down Elk River Lane for approximately 3/4 mile and turn left into Piney Creek Lane.

Dwight Twomey, Baker, Twomey & Emrey, PA, 153 East Min Street, Elkton, Maryland 21921

Tel: 410-398-3536
Fax: 410-392-9035
Email: btepa@comcastnet