Shadwell’s global racing and breeding enterprises involve both Thoroughbred and Arabian horses and encompass Shadwell Estate Company Limited in Britain; Shadwell Farm LLC in the USA and Derrinstown Stud in Ireland.

Shadwell Arabian Stallions

In 1984, Shadwell Estate was bought along with Snarehill Stud, now one of the best private rehab facilities in Europe for racehorses, and Melton Paddocks. The Nunnery Stud was purchased a year later and would become the centre of Shadwell's Thoroughbred breeding operations.

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

Purebred Arabian horses race in the nominated colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, mainly in the UK, Europe and the UAE. We are the largest owner of Purebred Arabian racehorse in the UK and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan is the patron of the Arab Horse Society and the Arabian Racing Organisation.

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.


As with all other areas of our work, we make every effort to maintain and enhance the environment in which we operate.

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.


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