Purchased in 1984, Shadwell Estate in Norfolk (originally a 6,000-acre country estate) is now the UK base for one of the best regarded bloodstock operations in the world.
The original studs were Melton Paddocks and Snarehill Stud. Shortly after purchase, Melton Paddocks was modernised and refurbished and is now used for housing Shadwell’s private broodmares and their foals during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season.
Snarehill Stud was developed as a rehabilitation centre for a growing string of racehorses in Europe. With state of the art facilities such as tread mills, horse walkers, a spa and a swimming pool, Snarehill has become one of the leading private rehabilitation centres in Europe, where special care can be given to each horse as an individual; enabling it to return to training and racing at a pace that is optimal and comfortable for them.
Other farms in the UK group include Elmswell, Salsabil and Beech House Stud and each is home to a number of Shadwell’s elite band of broodmares and their progeny.
Since its construction in 1987, The Nunnery Stud has been home to some of the world’s greatest racehorses and most influential stallions.
Probably the most famous resident of The Nunnery Stud was the now sadly deceased GREEN DESERT; a son of DANZIG born in 1983, he is widely recognised to be one of the most influential sires of modern times. He was a Leading First Season Sire in 1990 and the sire with the most winners on the Flat in the UK in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1999.
During his career, he has produced no less than 19 individual Gr. 1 winners and world class sires such as OASIS DREAM, CAPE CROSS and INVINCIBLE SPIRIT.
Other famous stallions to have stood at the Nunnery Stud include 1989 Epsom Derby winner NASHWAN; King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner UNFUWAIN and 2001 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner SAKHEE.
The Stud Farms
Shadwell Estate Company Ltd in the UK was purchased in 1984 and includes 6 separate studs.
The Nunnery Stud opened in 1988 and it is from the Nunnery Stud that 15 Thoroughbred stallions are managed who are carefully placed in appropriate international markets from South America to South Africa and New Zealand.
Shadwell’s UK interests also include Arabian racehorses reared to race in Europe and the United Arab Emirates. From our UK base we also co-ordinate the breeding activities of our 8 Arabian stallions based in the UK, France and the USA.
Derrinstown Stud, Ireland was purchased in 1982 and has been developed from a 375-acre farm to its present 2000 acres. The Stud boasts 5 resident stallions; the current roster comprises ARCANO, ELNADIM, HAATEF, INTIKHAB and TAMAYUZ.
Shadwell Farm, USA is a beautiful 3,400-acre site located on the rolling hills and limestone rich soil of central Kentucky. Nashwan Stud opened in 1991 and is Shadwell Farm’s stallion facility, named after the first homebred Classic winner raised at the Farm.
Horses have been running successfully in the nominated colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum since 1980. Over 350 Thoroughbred horses in training are managed with the help of a globally based team of trainers, jockeys and staff. Shadwell’s racing interests in the USA are overseen by Shadwell Farm LLC, while those in Europe and the Rest of the World are managed from our UK base through Shadwell Racing.
Shadwell Arabian Stallions
The Arabian stallions, like their Thoroughbred counterparts, have won numerous Gr.1 races all over the world. Their progeny likewise have been successful across the globe with wins in the USA, Sweden and Russia as well as the UK, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Shadwell currently stands 8 Arabian stallions in the UK, Europe and USA.
Shadwell Aberdeen Angus
Shadwell have run a top herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle since 1998 winning numerous titles at county shows throughout the UK including (in recent years) Interbreed Champion at the Royal Show in 2004, and Male Champion at the Royal Welsh Show in 2011. In 2013, homebred bull Shadwell Excalibur took the overall Championship title at the prestigious Stirling Bull Sales.