Shannondoe Farm was established in 1963 by James and Janeane Everatt just outside the town of St. Thomas in Southwestern Ontario. The farm became home to its first Thoroughbred mare in 1971.
Shannondoe’s first foray into the commercial sales arena came the following year when that mare’s first foal was sold for three times her purchase price. The Everatts were inspired not only by that success, but by the process of raising a good horse. That inspiration remains as strong as ever today.
The Everatt’s daughter, Arika, was born into the horse business and took an interest at a very young age. Now the Everatt family is well known for producing polished commercial sales yearlings and exceptional races horses under the Shannondoe Farm banner. In 2010 they became one of only six Canadian thoroughbred operations to make the Top 100 North American Breeders list.
Over the years the Everatts have bred Champions like Sand Cove and Terremoto, along with Classic heroes like Miami Deco. The latest star bred and raised by Shannondoe is 2016 Horse of the Year Caren, by the farm’s own stallion Society’s Chairman. In recent years Shannondoe Farm also bred Grade 2 winner Conquest Daddyo and sold the multiple stakes winner Code Warrior, another daughter of Society’s Chairman.
Shannondoe offers a state-of-the-art facility structured to raise and prepare sales yearlings. When someone buys a yearling from Shannondoe they are practically broke. The racing world can be hard on a horse’s body and their mind. Arika has developed a training regime that meticulously prepares a young horse for the physical and mental challenges to come. Yearlings are ponied, exercised in a covered walker and are hand-walked to learn all the things they need to be ready for the sales ring and the racetrack.
Colton Springs Farm was later developed on 150 lush acres of central Kentucky Bluegrass to help produce more precocious horses. Over the years the Everatts found that raising young horses down south produced better bone density and provided a head start over the Ontario-wintered horses. All of the Kentucky youngsters have an excellent foundation ensuring a buyer can go forward with breaking and training the day after purchasing a yearling from Shannondoe Farm.
Shannondoe Farm currently stands a pair of stallions on the Ontario property – Society’s Chairman and Conquest Curlinate.
Society’s Chairman, a grandson of the great Sadler’s Wells, is one of the most exciting young stallions in North America. A trio of stakes winners have emerged from his first seven starters, an incredible 43% strike rate.
Shannondoe Farm welcomed Conquest Curlinate for the 2016 breeding season. The exciting prospect was multiple Graded Stakes-placed on the racetrack for Conquest Stables and is a son of Horse of the Year Curlin.