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Skyline Thoroughbreds

Skyline Thoroughbreds is a new venture offering facilities to successfully raise weanlings and yearlings, as well as boutique yearling preparation and consignment at the major European bloodstock sales.  

We bring our fresh enthusiasm and ambition to combine with the well established Glebe Stud and the outstanding proven record of Gerry Meehan.

  • Gerry Meehan as Stud Manager and Partner brings over 30 years of experience and results in yearling preparation at leading studs. As Yearling Manager at Newsells Park Stud he was a key architect of their consistent place amongst the top consignors at Tattersalls Books 1 and 2.
  • Based at Glebe Stud, Cheveley, just outside Newmarket, Skyline Thoroughbreds benefits from well-appointed facilities with a proven record as a successful breeding establishment. Extensive work has been undertaken to enhance these facilities.

Taking on Glebe Stud and embarking on Skyline Thoroughbreds in partnership with Gerry Meehan is the realisation of a long-held dream of husband and wife team Simon and Emma Capon, and Emma’s father Tom Wilson.

Mission

 To prepare and consign yearlings to the highest standard to maximise owners’ returns on their investments and produce thoroughbreds capable of going on to successful racing careers. 

Mission

Our objective.

Why us

What makes us different.

Team

Who we are.

Facilities

What we have.

ABOUT

Why choose Skyline Thoroughbreds?

Yearling focus: 

Skyline Thoroughbreds is focussed on yearling preparation and consignment so ensuring a clarity of purpose and concentration of expertise. 

Quality not quantity: 

Skyline Thoroughbreds is a boutique yearling preparation and consignment operation with the capacity to prepare around 30 high-class yearlings. The focus is on caring for each individual horse in a tailored way and ensuring owners receive a personal service. We understand the investment owners make in terms of money, time and effort and we will work with you to maximise your return on that investment. 

Expertise:  

Gerry Meehan brings immense expertise, experience and dedication demonstrated through his central role in making Newsells Park Stud a leading consignor at Tattersalls Book 1 and 2, Arqana August and Goffs UK Premier in recent years, Europe's most prestigious yearling sales.

Dedication:  

The whole Skyline Thoroughbreds team has an ethos of hard work, attention to detail, and providing the best possible care to every horse and owner.

Location: 

A beautiful quiet stud with rich pasture ideal for rearing young stock and perfectly located on the doorstep of Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneer, and the extensive racing and breeding community of Newmarket.

Team

Gerry Meehan

Stud Manager and Partner

Gerry Meehan joined Skyline Thoroughbreds at its inception in March 2019 as Stud Manager and Partner. As the Yearling Manager at Newsells Park Stud for the last 17 years, Gerry brings with him immense experience and is held in the highest regard within the industry. His expertise and dedication was instrumental in Newsells Park Stud being consistently amongst the top consignors in Books 1 and 2 at Tattersalls over recent years and also topping the 2018 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster. Gerry’s passion and expertise were recognised in winning the Stud Staff Award at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in 2014. Prior to joining Newsells Park, Gerry held similar roles at Side Hill Stud, Cheveley Park Stud and Fair Winter Farm.

Simon Capon

Partner

Simon grew up around horses and worked in a large show-jumping operation, where his responsibilities included transporting horses throughout European circuits. He went on to work for a farming, construction and haulage firm where he gained extensive experience of machinery and grassland management. As Simon developed his interest in bloodstock he joined Newsells Park Stud where he worked with mares/foals and alongside Gerry Meehan in yearling preparation. He went on to broaden his experience of the racing and bloodstock industry as Assistant Trainer to Charlie Fellowes for a season and then supporting Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock for two sales seasons at Goffs, Tattersalls, Arqana and Keeneland.

Dr Emma Capon

Partner

Emma inherited her passion for horses and interest in thoroughbreds from her father, Tom Wilson, a lifelong owner-breeder enthusiast. Together they have run a small private bloodstock company for the last few years. Emma brings business and organisational skills to the operation through her prior career in Civil Service management roles and having completed a MBA and a PhD in Business and Management. She holds a first-class honours degree from St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was twice individual gold medalist at the Show-Jumping Pony European Championships.

Facilities

Excellent facilities on hand with Skyline Thoroughbreds

Skyline Thoroughbreds is located at Glebe Stud in the village of Cheveley, just three miles from Newmarket, and so is ideally placed close to Tattersalls and the heart of British flat racing. 

Skyline Thoroughbreds offers excellent facilities which are being extended and improved by Simon and Emma Capon in 2019, reflecting their commitment to the business and ambitions for the years ahead.  

Stud facilities include: 
  • 60 acres of well drained prime grazing, divided into paddocks with post and rail fencing
  • 4 nursery paddocks and woodchip paddock
  • Over 30 stables all fully refurbished and/or replaced within the last year
  • Isolation yard with 8 boxes and separate access
  • Claydon horse walker
  • Lungeing ring with all-weather surface
  • Monitored CCTV cameras and automated gate technology
  • Barns for feed, bedding, tack, and workshop
  • Loading ramp
Further facilities completing Spring 2019: 
  • Second covered Claydon horse walker
  • 35 x 35m arena with wax surface

Being based in Newmarket, Skyline Thoroughbreds can draw on world renowned equine services. We work closely with Ian Cameron BSc, BVM&S, CertEM(StudMed), MRCVS and the wider team at Rossdales LLP, the largest dedicated equine veterinary practice in the UK. Dermot Barry and his team ensure the critically important aspect of yearling farriery is in expert hands. Respected equine osteopath Stephen Byrne of Back on Form helps ensure the yearlings’ backs and limbs are working and developing correctly.

Yearling prep and sales

Yearling prep and sales

Every horse at Skyline Thoroughbreds is treated as an individual, with exercise, nutrition and care routines developed on a tailored basis. Through focusing on quality rather than quantity the team is able to genuinely provide this individual focus on a consistent basis.

Gerry Meehan’s proven track record in yearling preparation and consignment shapes the entire regime and has been developed to ensure horses peak at the optimum time for their sale and are properly prepared for the challenges of a racing career.  

Skyline Thoroughbreds will not consign yearlings which we have not prepared. We firmly believe that a holistic preparation routine over several months is essential for yearlings to be at their peak for the sale. Where applicable we will prepare yearlings for owners to then consign themselves if they so wish. 

Key elements of the Skyline Thoroughbreds approach: 
  • Variety in activity: the exercise routine involves a dynamic combination of hand walking, exercise on a walker and daily paddock time.
  • Tailored nutrition using our own recipe feed mix to ensure excellent muscle development and all round condition; each yearling is fed according to their individual requirements.
  • Gerry Meehan uses proven traditional techniques reflecting true horsemanship going back generations to prepare yearlings for sale.
  • Isolation yard with 8 boxes and separate access
  • Nothing left to chance – all aspects of each horse continually assessed and monitored.

Skyline Thoroughbreds recognises that as well as expert preparation, choosing the right sale for each horse is absolutely critical. This is given careful thought by the team along with the owner. Each individual yearling is carefully scrutinised to make an informed decision.  

We are happy to handle all aspects of the sales process, including pedigree proofs, sales entries and the auction, while maintaining open communication with owners throughout.

CONTACT

For further details

Skyline Thoroughbreds is located at Glebe Stud in the village of Cheveley, just three miles from Newmarket. 

 office@skylinethoroughbreds.com

Simon Capon

  07930 855345

Gerry Meehan

  07803 803011

Emma Capon

  07769 150132

Address for visiting the stud:

Skyline Thoroughbreds

Glebe Stud
Park Road
Cheveley
Suffolk
CB8 9DF


Registered office/postal address:

Glebe Stud Ltd
152a High Street
Cheveley
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 9DG