Where are they now?

We catch up with three former Shadwell residents who are flourishing in their new roles


Originally rehomed to an eventing home, Sam, with his wonderful, easy going temperament, proved to be just a bit too laid back for the job. He is now at a home where he can enjoy life at a quieter pace, which suits him perfectly.

As with everyone else, the wet winter, combined with the Covid-19 outbreak, disrupted the plans Jess had for this year, but nonetheless the pair are enjoying some fabulous hacking together. 

Sam is a dream ride; it doesn’t matter how much open space there is, what the pace, he is totally controllable and doesn’t put a hoof wrong. He couldn’t be a better horse for Jess as she really needs her downtime to stress-free and fun, as being a paediatric nurse at Alderhey is her day job. So Sam is proving to be a great “therapy horse” and what better environment to chill out in – the Welsh hills!


“Jerry” was the first Shadwell horse we homed – almost five years ago. He came to us having spent some time at the British Racing School in Newmarket, as we rehome for the BHA too.

This horse has a wonderful attitude and he has been worth his weight in gold helping younger riders transition from ponies to horses. Now 16, Jerry is still ridden by Mum and Madi and, although he is supposed to be taking life a bit easier, he loves nothing more than enjoying a canter about the countryside and the occasional bit of jumping in the arena.  

Just because Jerry was homed as an older horse, it does not mean that Jerry was not able to continue to lead an active live. It is important that he is as well looked after and loved as a horse that is able to compete or work at higher levels so the same strict homing agreement applies whatever a horse’s activities. And similarly with horses that we home as companions, their welfare remains an absolute priority.


”Pumpkin” as he became known was rehomed to Leonie – who also has Maghroom – just after Christmas.  With the poor winter and COVID outbreak, riding was put on hold for a while and Pumpkin has benefitted from a considerable amount of additional groundwork.

This has done him so much good, with his ridden work going from strength to strength. He is proving to be a very willing little horse who loves his work and just wants to please. Leonie is hoping to compete him at a dressage competition in the not too distant future.

Rowena Cook – Equine Management and Training