Shadel UK Miniature Stud


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"Tell a gelding, ask a mare, discuss it with a stallion ? ............ me ? I always discuss it
Sharon Matthewman



Added 08/01/2015

Due to health issues (and neither of us getting any younger ) we have been gradually reducing numbers here at Shadel. Whilst we have no intention of retiring completely either from breeding,
or the show ring at present, we are trying to make life a little easier for ourselves

Also : We have had a wonderful showing season in 2014 with two of our beautiful girls, collecting many Championships and class wins along the way. None of this would have been possible without the help of our good friend Leanne Lacey, and her wonderful daughter Jess. Jess showed our lovely Dancing in the Dark for most of the season, culminating in winning Young Producer
of the Year in her age group at the AEMHS Championships, and the Showing World Young Handler of 2014. We look forward to seeing them out in 2015 with their own mini team !

Added 11/11/2013


Shadel are pleased to announce the purchase of their second American Shetland. A Classic Filly,  
Mini H Farms Diablos Revenge. Already a Reserve Champion at the 2013 Congress.
1/2 sister to the 3 x Congress Champion and pony of the year, Rock the Dice. She will join our show string in the Spring of 2014

Added 17/08/2013

The countdown has begun!

Added 25/07/2013


Shadel are happy to be out showing some of our own horses with great success this year!!

Added 21/05/2013

Shadel are proud to announce that their American Shetland Green Creek Jros Zantana
went Grand Champion at her first show !!

Added 14/05/2013

Shadel have been busy this spring helping out with the filming of a new TV series for the BBC.


The series is planned to go out this Autumn and we are really looking forward to seeing the finished article.
They have been following our little filly Shadel Jazzy's Dreamsinger on her adventures from weaning to her first show.
She has been a real star

Added 09/04/2013

Shadel are pleased to announce the arrival of their first foal of 2013. Silver bay AMHA  colt foal by
Dreamcatcher out of Bear Branch Painted Baby Doll. Shadel Catch Me if You Can ( pending).

Added 05/01/2013

September this year ( 2013) will see us moving away from our usual show format to introduce a new Mare, Foal and Youngstock show. There will be most of the usual qualifiers included,  Shetland Pony classes as well as our annual,
and very popular, Foal Championship. The emphasis is going to be very much on the broodmares and the stock they are producing for us. So much emphasis is placed on stallions and their progeny ( and rightly so) but not enough on the other 59% of the equation. To that end we will be offering a perpetual trophy for the Champion broodmare. Look out for more
details as the year progresses. This show will also see the presentation of our annual AMHA and Spotted pony points awards. We look forward to seeing you all there with your lovely ladies !

Added 13/11/2012

New foal born August 2012. Shadel Feathers Warpaint (pending)

By Bear Branch Mojhave Feather out of Shadel Painted Sioux x Two. This guy is already sold ! '


                       New foal born October 2012. Shadel Jazzys Dreamsinger (pending)

By Golden Oak Dreamcatcher out of Hermits all that Jazz. This filly will be for sale in the spring

Added 22/07/2012

We are pleased to announce the purchase of our new filly. Green Creek Jros Zantana.


An American Shetland filly by Grahams Santana (below left) out of Michigans Brassy Lass.


She will be staying in the US to be shown on the Shetland circuit in 2013.

Thank you to Leeana Hackworth for allowing us to purchase this filly and for agreeing to show her next year

Added 16/04/2012

Shadel welcome a joint venture between themselves and Golden Oak stud.
Welcome to a silver buckskin colt out of Royal Oaks Morning Mist


This boy will be for sale



Added 22/01/2012

We are thinking of running training days/clinics in the South of England in the run up to the Spring shows.
We would like some feedback from all of you out there as to what YOU would like to do.
We can deal with most things, showing ( both English and American), show preparation, feeding, exercise,
driving training, halter obstacle/showmanship, jumping......YOU decide.
Experience with ALL the major showing societies and 35 yrs experience with horses of all types (18 yrs with minis).
Contact us with your ideas, expectations

Added 04/09/2011


Last foal for this year. Silver bay colt by Dreamcatcher out of Painted Sedona. She certainly kept us
waiting for this one ! 'Shadel Dream of Redboy' ( pending)

Added 03/08/2011

Shadel are happy to announce the safe arrival of our last foal from our senior broodmare, Tontika, by Dreamcatcher. A chestnut spotted colt, ' Shadel Who Spotted Me' . Mum and baby doing fine, and he is already sold !

Added 04/07/2011

Shadel are pleased to announce the purchase of the yearling filly Heart B Painted Kachina.

Thank you Mo for entrusting your little girl to us. Due to arrive August 2011'

Added 23/04/2011

Second foal -  Shadel Seen To Be Gold, our second filly  This is our last Seahorse foal out of Hermits Patience


Added 13/04/2011

First foal for the 2011 season has arrived. Shadel Catch The Painted Dream
A silver filly with a bald face and two blue eyes.
Sire Golden Oak Dreamcatcher, dam Bear Branch Painted Baby Doll. This filly is AMHA


Added 12/02/2011

Shadel would like to pay tribute to a very good friend, both to us and to the Miniature Horse world in general.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Ellis-Jones this past weekend.
Gary was a dear friend to us, and a hard working judge for the whole of the equestrian community, especially
here in Hampshire where he had made his home up until the last few weeks of his life.

When we first met him we were still showing our Welsh Mountain stallion, but the arrival of the Miniatures caught
his interest. Unlike a lot of judges back then he did not immediately dismiss them as 'pointless', and went out of
his way to find out as much as he could about them. Over the years he actively encouraged the furthering
of the breed and was always happy to answer questions and spend time with competitors. Going on to judge for IMHPS, BMHS and the Royal London to name but a few. 

When we first started the Weyhill Shows he was there to judge at the very first show, and he became a frequent
visitor (sometimes to judge, but often just to watch and see how the standard was slowly improving.) He had
planned to be judging at our 10th Anniversary show in August and he will be sorely missed, both  by us, and
many of our competitors who had come to know him over the years.

He loved our old stallion, El Pampero, and I will never forget Elp taking the mickey out of him all day
when Gary asked if he could bring him out of retirement and show him once just for fun. 

We will all be praying for a beautiful day on 21st of August as I am sure he will be there with us, mind you, that will be guaranteed as Gary ' didn't do rain'.

RIP Gary, aka ' the man in the bowler hat'

Added 24/11/10

Shadel welcome their new colt from the US. Hidden Timbers Winning Streak.
He is everything we expected him to be and is settling in well. Watch the young stock page for further details soon


Added 18/09/10

Shadel announce the purchase of their new colt Hidden Timbers Winning Streak. LWO+  splash white overo.


Thank you Melanie for entrusting us with this boy. The first time Hidden Timber have exported overseas.
He is the result of a careful colour breeding programme over many years, and we look forward to all of the
loud coloured babies that he will give us in the future

Added 31/07/10

Superstar El Pampero achieved yet another major win this week when winning the World Breeds class at the New Forest Show. Made even more impressive due to the fact he was up against 3 Fresians, a Fjord, an Appaloosa, an American Standardbred and a Selle Francais ! What an achievement for a 14yr old Miniature Horse.

There will never be another like him. He then returned the following day to represent over 2500 horse entries in the Grand Parade which closes the show. Surely a first for the Miniature Horse world, and a major recognition from all our peers in the multitude of Breed Societies represented at this, one of the biggest shows on the County circuit.

To follow this up he went out on 1st August to Lionhearts show and took the Miniature Horse Championship
and qualified for the Southwestern Pony Association Championships too.

in August he went firstly to Alresford Agricultural show, duly winning his class, the following day he took
the Miniature Horse Championship at Denmead show. You just can't keep a good man down !


Shadel welcome their new filly, Pinetrees Uk Theifs Dancing in the Dark

AMHA filly by Fallen Ash Scouts Theif of Hearts out of Windhaven Shes got the Rythm.
Keep an eye on our youngstock page for more details.

Added 22/04/10

Second foal for 2010. Silver dapple colt by Dreamcatcher out of Cream Bun, full brother to Shadel Silver Dream
(sold to Ireland.) This boy will be going to Scotland with his mum

First foal of 2010 for Shadel. Filly by Looking Glass Seahorse out of Hermits Inigma. This filly will be retained


Added 20/11/09

RIP CDM Mystical Moonbeam (Missy).    2004-2009

Gone but not forgotten

Added 28/07/09

Shadel would like to pay tribute to a fantastic spotted pony and his equally lovely owner.

Sue Watkins and Henry Spots have attended 21 BSpPS National Championships and they are great ambassadors
both for spotted ponies as a breed and for their versatility, especially with driving.
'Henry' is now 25 yrs old and still going strong ! Well done both

Added 11/06/09

Congratulations to the Graham family on the safe arrival of their new boy.
Foal by 'The Alchemist out of Strands of Saffron'


Added 22/05/09

Our final arrival for this year is a filly by Bear Branch Mojhave Feather out of Hermits Patience.
Meet 'Shadel Feathers Blessing'

Added 20/05/09

We are pleased to announce the second foal by Golden Oak Dreamcatcher has arrived.

Shadel Painted Savannah' is a silver chestnut and white colt by Golden Oak Dreamcatcher out
of Bear Branch Painted Sedona.

Added 15/05/09

At last.... a filly by Golden Oak Dreamcatcher out of Bear Branch Painted Baby Doll.


Silver bay with one blue eye...a carbon copy of her dam

Added 13/05/09

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our third foal for this year. Meet Shadel Feather's Painted Black our first foal from 'Mojhave Feather'. Smoky silver black colt with one blue eye


Added 05/05/09

Shadel's second, and long awaited, foal. A son for El Pampero and Boltwood Pink Rose.

This one is most definitely a keeper ! Meet Shadel El Padriano de Boda ( the Best Man) so named as
he arrived halfway through my son's wedding reception !!

Added 02/05/09

Congratulations to the Jones-Parry's on the safe delivery of their new colt. Sired by Shadel's Cowboy Too

And the second Cowboy Too colt for the Jones-Parry establishment - another silver colt


Added 02/05/09
Sharon and Derek would like to wish David and Gemma every happiness on the occasion of their wedding on 25.4.09.

David is everything you could wish for in a son, and Gemma will compliment him completely

Added 03/12/08

Doing 'our bit ' for International relations ! It was great to meet Nicki Dowdle from Millwood Miniatures and
her friends during their trip to the UK, and we are looking forward to visiting them when we go to Texas in the spring.

Congratulations too on your top ten placings at the World's with your two fillies (see below)

More of Nicki's horses can be seen on her website ( on our links page).



Shadel want to thank the most wonderful mare for yet another top quality baby. Tanzivan Tontika, our foundation mare and herself a National Champion in her youth, dam of 'Shadel Seahorses Secret'.

As well as her son's great result today, she herself qualified for the South Western Veteran's Championship for 2009. Way to go girl !!'  

Added 20/08/08

Having spent two years wandering around enjoying his 'retirement' El Pampero took a quiet trip out
(you can't keep a good man down !)

Result ?? Two wins, 4 x second, Miniature horse Champion and driving pony champion !!

Added 24/06/08

Congratulations to Emma on her successful day with our stallion Golden Oak Dreamcatcher,  Reserve
 Supreme at Lionheart 22.6.08

Added 27/04/08

Congratulations to the Jones-Parry's for the safe arrival of their newest addition.
This colt is by Shadels Cowboy Too and a grandson to our mare Strands of Saffron

Congratulations to the Jerram family on the safe arrival of their new colt.( yet to be named).
He is a Seahorse son out of an El Pampero/ Tontika daughter so great things are expected of him in the future

Congratulations too to Sue Jerram for taking the Supreme  Miniature Championship at Lionhearts show with Total Miracle. Miracle was bred here at Shadel

Added 15/7/07

Shadel were delighted to be asked to take part in the Press Day for the New Forest Show.

We took two fillies, Hermits All That Jazz and Lewingales Sea Briar as examples of the type of Miniature Horses
that will be seen at the show on 24/25/26 July at New Park, Brockenhurst, Hants.
They were a huge hit with all of the photographers and film crews, and we were also interviewed for local radio. 
Pictured is Hermits All That Jazz and Monty the shire. Monty was totally love struck and all
he would do was keep kissing her !'  

Photograph courtesy of  DAVID MASSOM - photographer


Wednesday 28th February at 5.00pm...
Lucky makes his TV debut on BBC's Blue Peter.

Update on Lucky ...

having spent the winter looking like this !!            ..... he is now so light he thinks
                                                                            he can fly !! All 24" of him


  Shadel pay tribute to the most wonderful Mini that anyone could wish to own. At the Royal London Show 2006
El Pampero was retired from in-hand competition having notched up 108 wins in his career.
He has been a wonderful ambassador for us and will continue to rule the roost at the stud, where he will be seeking out a new career as a driving horse

ARTWORK BY SHADELADY - Portraits in pencil, ink and pastels ..
click here to see examples of portraits