Q&A on Santa Anita Footing Fix

Ian Pearse of Melbourne, Australia, is receiving plenty of attention these days as the man expected to fix Santa Anita’s troubled Cushion Track synthetic surface. Founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia, Pearse this week begins what is expected to be a four- or five-day renovation of the Santa Anita main track in an effort to cure the drainage problems that have plagued the surface

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Ian Pearse of Melbourne, Australia, is receiving plenty of attention these days as the man expected to fix Santa Anita’s troubled Cushion Track synthetic surface. Founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia, Pearse this week begins what is expected to be a four- or five-day renovation of the Santa Anita main track in an effort to cure the drainage problems that have plagued the surface whenever rain hits.

Question: How did you become involved with developing synthetic racetracks?

Answer: The whole thing started because I wanted a dressage arena at home. You can get dirt, but we wanted something that you could ride on in the winter. In 1985 I started my first company in equestrian surfaces in Australia, where we did a lot of dressage arenas and show jumping arenas. We’ve always been into the horses, first involved in dressage and then eventing. I do reining now

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Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

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