Our Yard: History

Queens Ponies runs Shenley Stud at Rectory Farm which is set within 800 acres of private hacking land in Shenley, Hertfordshire.

Shenley Stud Farm was built in 1903 by financier Walter Raphael, who bought Tagale as an unwanted 3 year old for £300. Her foal, Tagalie, was reared at the Stud and won the Epsom Derby in 1912.
She was one of only six fillies to win the Epsom Derby, and was also the second of only four greys to have won the race.

Tagalie, who also won the One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, was certainly the most famous horse to emerge from the stud, but many others enjoyed their share of success. Louvois won the Two Thousand Guineas, Louviers and Allenby both picked up the Newmarket Stakes, Waygood landed the Irish Derby and Bettina won the One Thousand Guineas.

Robert Lyne, who began his career as a stable lad at Newmarket, ran the stud farm, assisted by his wife Alice, until Walter Raphael decided to close the stud and sell the farm in 1929.

Shenley Stud is now the home of Queens Ponies Training and Livery. It has 19 large brick built stables; some of which are original and others are newer additions. We are also now able to offer further modern facilities in addition to the original features. You can hack past the old brick isolation boxes which are still standing a fair distance from the yard. Due to this history, Queens Ponies are ensuring that the character of the old stable yard is retained, while ensuring that the horses, and owners, have the modern facilities they need.