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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. During this time she managed four stallions and up to 300 mares during the breeding season, as well as prepared yearlings and breeding stock for the sales.

Having started riding as a child, Roisin went on to study Equestrian Business Management. She gained her BHSAI and subsequently spent a year in the industry before going back to college to specialise in Stud Breeding Management.

The central part of the course was a year's work placement at Taylor Made Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. This proved to be the springboard into a passion for thoroughbred breeding. During her 18-month placement Roisin looked after many top quality horses, including User Friendly, Mariah's Storm and Sky Beauty to name but a few, and learnt many invaluable lessons in thoroughbred breeding and husbandry.

On returning to England, Roisin worked for Ted Voute Sales and Lanwades Stud before taking a position at Tweenhills Farm & Stud in Gloucestershire.

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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 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!