Chapel Stud

Chapel Stud is set in the classical landscape of the Malvern Hills, close to the River Terne in Worcestershire.

The stud was transformed into a modern thoroughbred stud in 2019. Originally a dairy farm and then used for beef cattle, it is based on over 70 acres of established prime pasture land with sheltered paddocks and has access to a further 40 acres of surrounding grazing.

The stud is owned and managed by Roisin Close and has relocated from Bucklands Farm & Stud in Gloucestershire having outgrown the land and facilities there after 15 successful years.

Facilities at Chapel Stud

The extensive barns and outbuildings have been converted into 50 stables for mares and young stock with direct access onto a large covered turnout. New stallion boxes with an attached covering shed and a bespoke seven-horse oval horse walker have also been constructed.


  • Stallions
  • Boarding / Walk-in Mares
  • Foaling
  • Breaking
  • Sales Prep
  • Spelling

Stallions standing at Chapel Stud in 2019 are Hellvelyn, Coach House and Pearl Secret.

Services also include foaling, breaking, sales prep and spelling, as well as offering facilities for boarding and walk-in mares whether visiting our stallions or others nearby. The aim is to provide a professional, affordable and personal service.

Meet the team

Many of the key members of the team at Bucklands Farm & Stud have relocated to Chapel Stud.

Roisin Close

Owner / Stud manager

Prior to founding Chapel Stud in 2019, Roisin built up Bucklands Farm & Stud with the help of her family, friends and late partner Phil Statham. Over a 15-year period it grew from a ten acre small holding to a 100 acre farm, and from standing one stallion, Hellvelyn in 2011, to three stallions with the addition of Coach House and Pearl Secret. TBA Award winner Roisin bought Bucklands Farm & Stud whilst working as stud groom at Tweenhills for 12 years.

The Stud team

Holly Chivers

Stud Groom at Chapel Stud

Joined the team in February 2018, working last season with the foaling mares. This year she will more involved in the covering shed at Chapel Stud. Holly has been around horses all her life, predominantly working in racing, and enjoys competing on her own horse.

Sophie D'Apolito

Stud Groom at Chapel Stud

Sophie joined the team in March 2019 and has over 25 years experience with horses. In her younger years she competed in show jumping but now prefers to keep her feet on the ground and competes at Novice Dressage. More recently she has worked as a jeweller for nine years.

Craig McClellan

Stallion Man

Joined the team in February 2018 and has many years experience in the equine world. He successfully breeds and shows Welsh Cobs under the name Birchmores Stud winning at the Royal Welsh, Welsh Championships, etc.

Kelly Blowers

Stud Secretary

Joined Chapel Stud full time in January 2019 but has been helping at Bucklands Farm & Stud for 15 years. Kelly formerly worked in insurance, and has got the new stud office off to a great start in just a few months. She has ridden all her life and is now teaching her son Archie to ride.

Frank Pound

Farm Manager

Joined the team full time in August 2018 having worked part-time and previously with Roisin when they were both at Tweenhills. He has also worked at Three Counties Equine Vets and David Dennis Racing. Frank can turn his hand to anything!


If you are interested in joining our team, please contact office@chapelstud.co.uk. Any current job opportunities are shown below.

There are no vacancies currently available

Whilst there are no vacancies currently available we are always interested to hear from experienced stud staff for when such vacancies arise.

Please apply with CV to roisin@chapelstud.co.uk or click the link.



Download the latest stud forms here:

  • Chapel Stud Brochure 2019 Download
  • Chapel Stud Freedom From Infection Form Download
  • Chapel Stud Mare Details Form Download