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, 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.”