His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global Shadwell operation marked a milestone this week when Shadwell Farm, its USA division, celebrated 35 years of excellence.
Nestled just off Military Pike in Lexington, Kentucky—the heart of the American equine industry—the farm has foaled and raised the likes of champion Nashwan, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee and Epsom Derby victor Erhaab, while housing such brilliant race fillies-turned-outstanding broodmares as Height of Fashion, Salsabil and Thawakib.
The farm has also been the stud home to such outstanding racehorses as world champion Invasor, Belmont Stakes winner Jazil and the highest-rated sprinter of our time, Dayjur.
“Shadwell Farm was incorporated in 1984, but farm operations didn’t start until June 1, 1985,” said Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager.
“What started as 350 acres of land, through His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s guidance and leadership, quickly grew into 3,400 acres of rich, fertile Kentucky farmland.
“Over the years, Shadwell has produced countless winners, both in the United States and Europe for Sheikh Hamdan, including nine classic winners,” Nichols continued. “I am proud and highly honoured to have been the general manager of Shadwell from the start. For me, it has been fantastic working with great horses and for a wonderful man.”
It was only fitting this week that a promising Shadwell Farm-bred and -raised filly won on debut when 3-year-old Shatha (by champion Muhaarar out of Gr1 winner Lear’s Princess) won smartly at Kempton on Wednesday afternoon.