Shadwell Arabian Stallions
Melton Paddocks was originally set up so that those top Arabian horses that had run in the famous blue and white colours could be retired to stud there, and their breeding services could be used by international breeders through artificial insemination.
The number of top performers exceeded immediate demand in the UK, so that is how some of these horses come to retire in the USA, France, Germany or Italy.
Shadwell Arabian Racing
The Arabian racing division of Shadwell Estate Company Ltd has sent out 6 individual Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr.1 PA) winners since 2000: NIVOUR DE CARDONNE (2000), BOPP MOON (2003), KAOLINO (2004), MADJANI (2005, 2006 & 2007), MANARK (2015), AF MATHMOON (2016).
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was awarded the Leading Owner Title (GB) for the 18th consecutive year in 2021. He has previously won the award in the following years: 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The Estate covers approximately 2400Ha. Bordered to the South by the River Little Ouse, the Northern boundary is formed partly by the River Thet and partly by the A11. Eastern and Western boundaries are the Peddars Way (heritage walking route) and the town of Thetford itself.