Meet the Team

His knowledge of Thoroughbred Bloodlines is borne of over 30 years of study as a result of which ​Arrathorne SHB Ltd ​​is exceptionally fortunate in being able to decide quickly if a mare's bloodlines are suitable to join our Bloodstock Broodmares and whether the bloodlines of a Bloodstock Stallion will compliment those of the mares &, further, this will produce progeny which will progress our breeding plans & lead to potential winners on the track.Type your paragraph here.

John Meer

​John has been an avid follower of Racing all his life having grown up in a Greyhound Training & Racing / & Thoroughbred Racing environment where, if dog pedigrees were not the discussion of the day, then Bloodstock Pedigrees were.


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John predominantly deals with the Stud's Admin, Racing Admin and the Mare side of Arrathorne SHB Ltd.


John also has a painting & decorating business, JM Decorating Services​, which means he also manages the Maintenance side of the buildings of the Stud Farm to keep them looking at their best.


In the last couple of years John has begun showing some of the Stud's horses in-hand. At 6ft 4 his legs are much longer than Mandi's and he is better placed to run out the taller, big moving youngsters & warmblood mares.


He has been extremely successful in all the few classes he has done as follows :-


  • 1st, Any Breed Broodmare class at the Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) National Show in 2017 with ​Arrathorne Make Believe
  • 2nd, Irish Draught/Irish Sport Horse Broodmare class at the British Show Horse Assocation Hunter Championships Show 2017 with ​Arrathorne Make Believe
  • 2nd at Royal Three Counties Show 2016 with Unico and Arrathornes Alderaan
  • 2nd in the Sport Horse Youngstock class at Ashbourne Show 2016 with ​Arrathorne Lawbreaker
  • First Premium and highest score in the 3yr old Show Jumping Section with ​Arrathorne Lawbreaker ​at the BEF Futurity at Solihull 1, 2016
  • Winning the ​Yorkshire Horse of the Year Novice Mare​ 2015 Title ​with our KWPN show jumping broodmare Unico
  • 2nd, Sport Horse Broodmare at Ashbourne Show 2015 with Unico
  • 1st, 1,2 & 3yr old Irish Draught or Irish Draught Sport Horse Class at ​Bakewell Show 2015 with ​Arrathorne Lawbreaker
  • 1st, Any Breed Broodmare class at the Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) National Show in 2014 with ​Unico

Meet the Team -  Dominic Hicks-Meer