Key Profiles

Madeleine Lloyd-Webber - Owner

Madeleine has always been passionate about horses and enjoyed a successful career in eventing before turning her hand to breeding racehorses. Madeleine had already known Simon Marsh for many years and it was he she turned to when deciding to expand her racing and breeding interests. 

The first step in turning her passion into a business was going to the sales and investing in three or four choicely-bred fillies to serve as foundation broodmares. Madeleine regularly liaises with Simon, who has gone on to manage her racing and breeding interests ever since.

Watership Down’s monumental success over the last 20 years is largely down to Madeleine’s vision and will to see the operation is run as a business and remains commercial. By keeping most of the fillies and selling most of the colts they ensure that the incredibly successful foundation bloodlines remain and continue producing top-class racehorses and future broodmares for the stud. Incidentally, recent Group 1 winner, The Fugue, is a direct descendent of one of the stud’s foundation mares.

She said: “I am immensely proud of what the stud has achieved over the last 15 years, however this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from our teams/staff at both studs and behind the scenes in the office, for that I am extremely grateful.”

Simon Marsh – General Manager

Simon was approached by Andrew and Madeleine in 1992 and he has been an integral part of Watership Down Stud and it’s development ever since. Simon oversees the management of both Watership Down and Kiltinan ensuring both farms are run in tandem with their individual managers to ensure the best possible results.

Prior to joining Watership Down, Simon had built up years of experience in the thoroughbred industry learning his trade at leading stud farms such as The Royal Studs, Egerton and Lordship Stud in England. Simon also worked at Haras de Fresnay le Buffard in France, and Airdrie, Saxony and Lane’s End Farms in the USA. After a year at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Inc, working in the cataloguing department he worked for Pacemaker Publications as International Advertising Director. In 1991 Simon went on to set up his own company Myriad Bloodstock & Communications Ltd. Myriad acts as a bloodstock consultancy and as co-publisher of the Timeform Bloodstock Sales Guides.

Terry Doherty – Stud Manager, Watership Down Stud

 Few stud managers have as much experience as Terry, who has been in the business for over 30 years. Terry has been with Watership Down since the beginning and his passion and attention to detail ensures that he is always striving for the top.

Prior to joining Watership Down, Terry worked at the Earl of Halifax’s Garrowby Stud, Meon Valley Stud, The National Stud, Aston Park Stud, Theakstone Stud and spent a year in America.

Terry is a dedicated professional and he gains an enormous amount of satisfaction from watching the foals and yearlings he has nurtured as youngsters go on to achieve great things on the racecourse.

Donna Vowles – Stud Manager, Kiltinan Castle Stud

Donna is a newcomer to the team at Kiltinan Castle Stud having taken over as stud manager in June 2013.

Her CV is impressive to say the least. She spent the past nine years working in America’s equine heartland, Kentucky, where her most recent post was assistant broodmare manager at the world-renowned Lanes End Farm. 

Originally from Birmingham, Donna has always been a dedicated horsewoman and she graduated from the National Stud course in Newmarket with distinction and the distinguished Tim Dunlop Scholarship. Donna then spent time working at Owedeswell Manor Stud in Cheltenham, and Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire before joining the Watership Down Stud sales team.

During her time here she impressed all with her skills as a horsewoman and her dedicated work ethic. We are delighted to have her back on the team.