Catching up with our former charges in retirement

A look at how Shadwell horses are thriving in their new lives
Tamaddon is proving to be quite the dressage horse

Fred and Rowena Cook of Equine Management and Training are renowned experts in retraining and rehoming racehorses, and have had a number of former Shadwell colour bearers through their hands.

Here, Fred and Rowena give us an update on some of our former stars.

8yo Street Cry-Maqaasid (Green Desert)

“Sam is one of the few horses which we moved to an alternative home and he is thriving on having more variety. He and Jess have built a great relationship and are now aiming to get out and about.  In preparation for becoming a new Mum to baby Ethan, Jess very sensibly, placed Sam on training livery. It is great to see Jess back in the saddle and the duo will be heading out to their first training clinic in the coming weeks. Jess is keen to focus on jumping Sam with the goal of competing in due course.”

6yo Dark Angel-Diva (Oasis Dream)

“It has taken a while for Mubby to find his feet since racing, but he is now demonstrating both showing and dressage potential. He has attended training clinics – the Newmarket Heath ride and in-hand shows – taking them all in his stride, literally. Mubby is a stunning little horse and he looks destined to excel in the future.”

4yo Frankel-Munasara (Bernardini)

“We found Haffy to be very bold, but he’s very straightforward with a fantastic attitude – a perfect eventing prospect. He has only been at his new home for a month but is already showing great potential as an event horse. He didn’t turn a hair at his first clinic and we can’t wait to see him in action at his first events next year.”

13yo Nadeem-Mihnah (Lahib)

“Having spent his life abroad, Mujaarib came to Britain in the summer of 2019 at the age of 11, following which he was gelded and sent to us for rehoming. Understandably, he needed plenty of time to adjust, but we rehomed Muj with Katy, who has been incredibly patient with him. This year has seen them compete at local events, where they have been showing as well as having their first forays in dressage.”

Bin Daahir
6yo Exceed And Excel-Beach Frolic (Nayef)

“What an absolute delight this little horse is; we could have very easily kept him. He is such a super character and he tries so hard to please. Binnie left us a few days ago and has settled immediately into his new home, swiftly making friends with humans and horses alike. A smart little horse with great presence, he will be produced for showing – light hack classes – a discipline we are sure he’ll thrive in, considering his “look at me” attitude.”

Bin Daahir is a super character with great presence

6yo Al Kazeem-Request (Rainbow Quest)

“You might recall from our last update; Tam had qualified for the British dressage summer regionals. He performed very well, posting 66.78%, a good score considering he was in a class full of warmbloods. Tam is proving to be a dab hand at dressage – he has competed in nine events, winning, or finishing second, in seven of them.”

5yo New Approach-Wahgah (Distorted Humor)

“Nicknamed Pumpkin by Fred, Meesam has made real progress after sporadic lameness. A lengthy period of remedial shoeing seems to have done the trick and Pumpkin is now in full work, showing a lovely, free action with a great appetite to learn. Leonie appears to have a pair of smart potential dressage horses on her hands with Meesam and Mushroom [Maghroom].”

6yo Dawn Approach-Laqataat (Alhaarth)

“Having already had a successful career in the show ring, Qintaar made his British dressage debut this year. Both he and Claire thoroughly enjoyed themselves so they will continue with both disciplines. Qinty also enjoys his cross-country rides, which take him out and about across Dartmoor. He also hacks out with his little companion, who is ridden by Claire’s daughter.”

Qintaar has flourished in the show ring Picture credit: KDM Photos