Assistant Stud Director Appointed for Shadwell UK

Posted on: 5th May 2016

James will be responsible for co-ordinating the day to day management of Shadwell’s 5 UK stud farms and will assist Stud Director Richard Lancaster in the overall management of Shadwell UK. He will replace Johnnie Peter Hoblyn who is leaving the position of Stud Manager after 16 years to set up his own bloodstock consultancy business.

Stud Director Richard Lancaster said ‘I would like to thank Johnnie for his contribution during his time at Shadwell. We all wish him every success in his new venture’.

James O’Donnell will join the team from Juddmonte where he has been Nominations Manager for the last 4 years. During his career in the bloodstock industry, he has developed practical and managerial experience at some of the world’s leading stud farms including Highclere and the Royal Studs in the UK and Arrowfield and Swettenham Stud in Australia.

Commenting on his appointment, James said:

“I am both honoured and excited to be joining Shadwell; MUHAARAR and MUKHADRAM are recent testament to their success and are two very exciting additions to the stallion roster. With their current horses in training in such good form, competing and winning at the highest level, there will no doubt be more recruits in the near future. In my current role I have been fortunate enough to get to know some of Shadwell’s top flight mares and it will be a privilege to be able to have direct involvement with their outstanding bloodstock.

Working for Juddmonte for the last seven years has been an amazing chapter in my life and I would like to thank them for the opportunities they have given me. However I am now greatly looking forward to working with and getting to know the team and the horses at Shadwell and being part of their continued success.”

Shadwell’s Stud Director, Richard Lancaster responded: “We are very pleased to welcome James to the team at Shadwell. He brings with him a wealth of experience which will be an invaluable contribution to the continuing development of our international operation.”

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