In 2002 Newmarket-based bloodstock agents Andrew Mead and Marion Goodbody aligned themselves with Bill and Tara Dwan, at that time running their stud farm near Navan in County Meath, to form a new consigning business to be known as The Castlebridge Consignment.
The leading European sales agency
From a draft of just 2 foals and 10 mares in the first year, Castlebridge grew steadily year on year and was soon the leading overall sales consignor in Europe, a position now held for several years.
Top lots at most of the major European Sales followed with such standouts as Irish Oaks winner CHIQUITA (€6,000,000 – the record for a horse sold at auction in Ireland), English Oaks winner QUALIFY, the 2000 Guineas winner NIGHT OF THUNDER (sold as a yearling), Dubai World Cup winner PRINCE BISHOP (sold as a foal), and ZHUKOVA winner of the Man O’War Stakes at Belmont (sold for 3,700,000 Guineas).
Castlebridge Stud in Ireland run by Bill and Tara Dwan is handily located close to Dublin Airport and Fairyhouse Sales, and also an easy drive to Goffs Sales. Split into two sections with 180 acres being available in total, the facilities include expert staff, top class vets, horse walkers, lunge rings, turn-out paddocks etc.
Castlebridge East in Newmarket, England has provided an English sales preparation and boarding farm since 2007 run by Andrew Mead as part of the overall Castlebridge. Castlebridge East is located just three miles from the centre of Newmarket on the edge of the village of Cheveley and shares a boundary with Cheveley Park Stud. The paddocks are all fenced with diamond-mesh fencing and the stud facilities are of the same high standard as Castlebridge Ireland.
The location of Castlebridge East just minutes from the stallions at Darley, Cheveley Park, Juddmonte and the other Newmarket farms makes the farm an ideal boarding option for mares and fillies visiting Newmarket stallions. Being a few minutes from Tattersalls, Castlebridge East is also ideally located for foals, yearlings and mares.
With farms in both England and Ireland, Castlebridge can offer their clients top class boarding facilities close to many of the major stallion farms.