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Swordlestown Little
County Kildare Ireland
Tel. +00 353 (0)45 895610
Fax. +00 353 (0)45 895612

April Update 2020 - we are back with our website! (01 Jan 2016) >>>
Only Pasalsa left to foal - and another foaling year will be over!

Remembering Sogno Verde (01 Jan 2016) >>>

A wonderful summer and many winners to celebrate! (31 Dec 2016) >>>
Summer skies and winning horses!

At last we have sunshine but for how long? (31 Dec 2016) >>>
Another winner for Third Dimension which makes it eight winners form eight runners for this wonderful old lady!

After an unprecedented harsh winter we are all impatiently waiting for Spring (31 Dec 2016) >>>
Ireland is in fodder crisis!

Low temperatures but it is almost the month of May and flat racing is getting serious! (31 Dec 2016) >>>
All but one foal are safely delivered and there is an exciting year ahead for Swordlestown Little breds!

We are delighted to have our first foal of 2017 safely delivered! (31 Dec 2016) >>>
Bluebell loves her baby - and so do we!

A great start to the New Year for Swordlestown Little - two wins on the board already! (31 Dec 2016) >>>
Nisriyna is now the dam of two highly rated multiple winners from three runners and we are looking forward to her Kodiac foal!

We wish all our friends and family a very healthy and happy New Year! (16 Dec 2016) >>>
Two new winners and a fabulous week in Hong Kong!

Welcome back to Swordlestown Little News! (22 Oct 2016) >>>
The year so far in a nutshell...

The stud season is over and the yearling colts have come in to start their Sales Preparation (15 Jun 2016) >>>

It is almost May but the weather makes life difficult for the mares and us! (29 Apr 2016) >>>
Today is English 2000 Guineas Day and marks the start of the Classic Season.

Can Spring Loaded make it seven wins today? (20 Feb 2016) >>>
Spring Loaded did win his seventh race and is now qualified for the All Weather Sprint Championship in March

Sad news about Khatela but Spring Loaded gives us a boost by winning his 6th race and is now rated 93. (28 Jan 2016) >>>

Sad to see foals go but glad they went to good homes! (27 Nov 2015) >>>
Second leading consignor by avarage and third by aggregate!

Only two weeks left to the Sales (06 Nov 2015) >>>
Counting down to the day we both relish and fear...

UPDATE -Getting better and better: after Robertstown and Spring Loaded yesterday, his half brother Dinozzo wins maiden at Navan today and gets rave reviews from trainer and press! (21 Oct 2015) >>>
Three more winners and two seconds to add to the tally

Two winners in two days - Swordlestown Little breds are doing us proud! (19 Sep 2015) >>>
All our recent runners have either won or been placed.

The summer is disappearing quickly and weaning has started (21 Aug 2015) >>>
Time to get independent!

The last mare is covered and the stud season is nearly over (17 May 2015) >>>

It is Punchestown Festival week and it started with the birth of our last foal and a second winner for Lilbourne Lad. (29 Apr 2015) >>>
Lilbourne Lad proves to be popular at the Osaurus breeze-up sale in France.

Happy Easter to family and friends! (03 Apr 2015) >>>
The first five mares covered are thankfully back in foal.

Too cloudy for us to witness the solar eclipse but spring is definately here! (20 Mar 2015) >>>
Four of the seven foals have now been born.

It feels like deep mid-winter even tough spring is meant to be around the corner! (30 Dec 2014) >>>
It is too cold for the mares to either foal or cycle, so things are moving along very slowly.

UPDATE: Swordlestown Little welcomes its first foal of 2015 (31 Dec 2014) >>>
Lilbourne Lad will have his first crop of two year olds on the track this year

It will be an Irish Christmas for Des this year! (23 Dec 2014) >>>
Masterchef is preparing for an all-time best Christmas dinner!

Another successful Goffs November Sale for Swordlestown Little and it is Third Dimension's time to shine! (20 Nov 2014) >>>
Third Dimension is this year's star of our broodmare band!

A good 10 days for Swordlestown Little as Spring Loaded wins his second race at two. (27 Sep 2014) >>>
Very Pan-European with wins in Switzerland, Ireland and England!

Time is flying by, the Yearling Sales are already in full swing and Lilbourne Lad's first progeny are in demand! (29 Aug 2014) >>>
Our two yearling colts are keeping us busy walking!

Latest news: two pedigree updates for Nisriyna, her first foal SPRING LOADED wins at Kempton and her half sister NARNIYN is second in the Group 1 Nassau St. at Goodwood. Happy days! (05 Aug 2014) >>>
Swordlestown Little puppies have arrived safely at their new homes and we celebrate the 51st win of a SL bred horse!

Ascot is over and summer has reached the little green island. (23 Jun 2014) >>>
Making hay while the sun shines!

Update: latest arrivals at Swordlestown Little! (26 Apr 2014) >>>
Spring is here and we are busy getting the winter fields harrowed, rolled, seeded and aerated.

The month of April starts with my father's birthday. (05 Apr 2014) >>>
A short trip home in between coverings and foalings!

UPDATE: Third Dimension is overdue but her two offspring Orgilgo Bay and Third Intention ran fantastic races at Cheltenham! (07 Mar 2014) >>>
The breeding season is progressing and we have had four dry days in a row!

One of worst storms ever seen in Ireland, but Goffs went ahead no matter what.... (13 Feb 2014) >>>
It is goodbye to both colts and sadly also to our beautiful crab apple tree!

A lovely recognition for Des as he gets the ITBA award for special contribution to the industry (09 Feb 2014) >>>
A great night at the 2013 ITBA awards was had by all!

The years are, literally, flying by and it is already middle of January! (31 Dec 2013) >>>
The stallion flights are completed and normality returns to Swordlestown Little

We wish all our friends, family and clients a healthy and happy 2014 (01 Dec 2013) >>>
New Year's Turkeyfest to makes up for the missed Christmas!

Another wonderful Goffs November sale for Swordlestown Little (26 Nov 2013) >>>
Swordlestown Little again has the second top lot at Goffs November Foal Sale and this time it is the highest priced filly!

The Sales are approaching rapidly... (01 Nov 2013) >>>
... but the Prep is right on schedule!

UPDATE: Third Intention wins Novice Chase at Cheltenham-what a week for their mother Third Dimension and what a week for SL as Susiscot makes it win number 15 this season! (18 Oct 2013) >>>
Two winners in three days for Third Dimension, both at major NH tracks and Susiescot gets back to winning ways in Cork!

The good form of Swordlestown Little breds continues with Hashanar posting our 12th seasonal win and Asian Dancer wins her first pony race in Switzerland ! (14 Sep 2013) >>>

Swordlestown Little breds are on a roll - this is our 10th win in 2013! (22 Aug 2013) >>>
Our warmest congratulations to owners Hanspeter and Kae Meier and trainer Hansjoerg Speck!

Busted Tycoon is crowned the Queen of Galway and writes history... (05 Aug 2013) >>>
... by winning three races at the Galway Festival, the last two less than 24 h apart.

A winner at the Galway Festival proves to be a Summer Highlight for Swordlestown Little (31 Jul 2013) >>>
Busted Tycoon completes a four timer with a very easy win at the Galway Festival

Racing UPDATE: Sixth win of the season for SL! (10 Jul 2013) >>>
The heatwave is over but it is still a nice summer!

Royal Ascot is still in full swing but the most thrilling race of the meeting for us has been run yesterday. UPDATE: Irish Kind wins at Maisons-Laffitte and is Khatelas second winner of the week! (21 Jun 2013) >>>
What an exciting finish in the Gold Cup: We have relatives to the first two and the third is Swiss owned and bred!

UPDATE: Bluebell wins her second start at two and is our third winner of the season! (15 Jun 2013) >>>
Mid-summer racing is in full swing and Royal Ascot is only two days away!

UPDATE: The Old Vic ex Miss Lloyds colt makes an eyecatching debut in a hot Punchestown Festival Bumper! (18 Apr 2013) >>>
News from the track

It is still very cold but at least the foals have started to arrive. (31 Dec 2012) >>>
Easter Greetings to all our readers!

Winter has returned and it is hard to convince mares that it is time for foaling and getting pregnant! (31 Dec 2012) >>>
The cold weather makes it difficult on all fronts!

The wait is finally over and the first foal is here! (31 Dec 2012) >>>

We are looking forward to an exciting 2013 with 17 homebreds in training! UPDATE: first foals for Lilbourne Lad (31 Dec 2012) >>>
A visit to Kentucky - to be recommended to all Thoroughbred enthusiasts!

Christmas is over and it is time to wish all our site visitors a healthy and happy New Year (27 Dec 2012) >>>
Let go of the old and bring on the new year!

The weanlings are enjoying a lovely autumn day in the paddock... (12 Nov 2012) >>>
....but sadly the colts time at Swordlestown Little is coming to an end. It is time to move on.

Introduction to riding - most horses learn quickly if they are taught correctly. (22 Oct 2012) >>>
Dr. Schmids Clodovil ex Romandie colt is now ready to go into training with Mr. Oxx!

A Beresford Stakes Group 2 second for Swordlestown Little.... (01 Oct 2012) >>>
....and more Blacktype for Third Dimension!

Susiescot wins first ever race for grey horses at the Curragh! (27 Aug 2012) >>>
Further sucess for Swordlestown Little representatives!

Orgilgo Bay follows up with an impressive second place in the Listed Coolmore Canford Cliff Stakes in Tipperary and reverses form with Aga Khans Dibayani, beating him by 4.5 lenghts. This earnis him a Timeform Rating of 102! (09 Aug 2012) >>>
More Black Type for Third Dimension! Check our racing page for details of our 2012 results.

UPDATE: Frankel powers up the Ascot straight mile for an eleven lengths Group one win and Lawman sires his first Group one winner in the St. James Palace Stakes! (19 Jun 2012) >>>
Flat racing is in full swing with Day three of Royal Ascot taking place tomorrow!

Hashanar is winning his second race of the yet early season! (28 Apr 2012) >>>
... and all is well that ends well!

The flat season has started and we are hoping for another successful year (18 Mar 2012) >>>

We now have two colt foals to keep each other company... (08 Mar 2012) >>>
And who are you?

Third Intention gives us our first winner of 2012 - and adds more blacktype to Third Dimensions offspring while Sogno delivers another lovely colt foal!! (27 Feb 2012) >>>
We are off to Cheltenham for the second year running!

Dizzy Heigths - Swordlestown Little tops Day 1 of Goffs February Sale (18 Feb 2012) >>>

Swordlestown Little wins ITBA Small Breeder of 2011 Award (02 Feb 2012) >>>
What a great start to 2012 - long may it continue!

The focus is on the February Sale - Swordlestown Little is providing a quality draft ! (30 Dec 2011) >>>
We are looking forward to another successful year for Swordlestown Little!

Season's greetings to all our clients and friends (24 Dec 2011) >>>
Lilbourne Lad to stand at Rathbarry Stud for the 2012 Season

We are off to York for the Gr. 2 Gimcrack Stakes where Lilbourne Lad is trying to add another Group success! (18 Aug 2011) >>>
First Group success for Swordlestown Little as Lilbourne Lad proves himself as one of the best of his generation!

Lilbourne Lad bypasses Royal Ascot to have a tilt at the Gr 2 Railway Stakes on Irish Derby weekend while Bahceli acquits himself well at Royal Ascot (20 Jun 2011) >>>
Brave Bahceli (Mujadil ex Miss Shaan) does us proud in the Britannia Stakes!

UPDATE: Bahceli wins on his first start of the season on 2000 Guineas day! (30 Apr 2011) >>>
Three winners and one second from four runners to start of 2011! Can it get any better?

It is Aza-Day! (13 Apr 2011) >>>
Third Intention wins at Cheltenham and a return to his Home is on the cards!

Our first foal of 2011 has arrived - it is Sogno Verde again! (20 Mar 2011) >>>
Two maiden mares covered and first foal born at Swordlestown Little

Tension rises for our first ever Cheltenham runner (21 Feb 2011) >>>
UPDATE: Third Intention has been backed from 25:1 to 12:1. The favourite is Zarkandar, an Azamour half brother to Zarkava. The Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle takes place on Friday, 18.03., Gold Cup Day.

We wish all our friends and clients a healthy and happy New Year (22 Dec 2010) >>>
More snow than in Switzerland and another winner for Swordlestown Little!

First six figure sale for Swordlestown Little (26 Nov 2010) >>>
A fantastic ending to a successful year for our farm operating against a difficult economic backdrop

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE - Montalvo gives Swordlestown Little the 6th win of the season! (13 Nov 2010) >>>
The Highs and Lows of Racing and Breeding

Brave Theola does it again! (13 Sep 2010) >>>
Theola wins her fourth race - this time on the historic Rowley Mile Racecourse at Newmarket

The summer has left us and its only three weeks to the Arc! (12 Sep 2010) >>>
The focus shifts from Racing to Sales!

Third Dimension has produced two winners in the one week! (12 Jul 2010) >>>

UPDATE: Third Intention wins his maiden very easily indeed! (26 May 2010) >>>
The fantastic form of our homebreds continues with a second in the prestigious Gallinule Stakes, Group 2 at the Curragh

Bahceli follows up with another win and books his ticket to Royal Ascot! (10 May 2010) >>>
A trip to York to see the two half brothers run!

UPDATE: last foal of the 2010 season is born! (23 Apr 2010) >>>
And one more arrival at Swordlestown Little!

A new addition at Swordlestown Little (27 Mar 2010) >>>
After a long wait of 368 days Miss Shaan finally delivers!

Lovely spring weather is here at last - but for how long? (15 Mar 2010) >>>
A very busy week with fine weather and lots of farmwork has to be done

The 2010 stud season has started and Swordlestown Little is welcoming its visitors (20 Feb 2010) >>>

New Year's greetings to our clients, family and friends (31 Dec 2009) >>>
Beautiful winter weather at Swordlestown Little and the Dalmadors are looking for a new home!

Swordlestown Little foals defy recession gloom! (23 Nov 2009) >>>
Success at Goffs November Foal Sales crowns a difficult year

Time to say goodbye! (29 Oct 2009) >>>
The clock keeps turning - old friends go and new pretenders come!

Update: Sea the Stars retired and brave Theola wins again - this time at prestigious Group 1 track York! (19 Oct 2009) >>>
Celebrations don't stop - Swordlestown Little horses are on a roll!

Star celebration yet again! Khayar wins and Sea the Stars is crowned Champion of them all! (07 Oct 2009) >>>
What a weekend for racing fans

Star celebration! This time with another winner for Swordlestown Little (18 Sep 2009) >>>
Third Dimension's Theola makes it three winners from three runners for her dam!

Star celebration! (06 Sep 2009) >>>
Another historic win for Mr. Oxx's Champion

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE: more reasons to celebrate! (09 Aug 2009) >>>
Bobbyscot second in Listed Race and thus gaining valuable Blacktype!

Summer update (05 Jul 2009) >>>
Mixed weather makes farm work hard but at least the horses are thriving!

A special day in a lifetime! (09 Jun 2009) >>>
Mr Oxx does it again!

Glorious sunshine makes a welcome change to the wet spring! (25 May 2009) >>>
All mares are pregnant and a beautiful weekend with dear friends!

UPADATE - UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE (10 May 2009) >>>
Bobbyscot misses out narrowly on his second start at two!

The weather has turned wintery cold again but the foals finally arrive! (28 Mar 2009) >>>
All the hard work pays off with new arrivals

This is a busy time for everyone involved in horse breeding (07 Mar 2009) >>>
The waiting game has finally paid off!

A week of travel before the start of the 2009 Foaling Season (20 Feb 2009) >>>
From Newmarket to the Curragh - visiting our homebred horses!

The Green Island is clad in white! (13 Feb 2009) >>>
Winter scenes at Swordlestown Little

Swordlestown Little hits the big time! (25 Jan 2009) >>>
There is a lot to look forward to for 2009 - despite recession hitting Ireland hard

We wish all our site visitors a very healthy, happy and lucky 2009 (02 Jan 2009) >>>
A cold start to the New Year and no rain for nearly 3 weeks. Happy days!

Swordlestown Little consigns foals at Goffs for the first time (24 Nov 2008) >>>
Swordlestown Little in top lots list at Goffs!

Damien gives us a great day out in Newbury (12 Sep 2008) >>>
Swordlestown Little is producing racehorses: 5 winners from 5 runners to date, with two black type horses at two!

News from Doncaster St Leger meeting: Damien progresses further and is second in £300,000 sales race, beaten a head! (06 Sep 2008) >>>
At home in Switzerland for a great weekend

Damien maintains 100% winners to runners for Swordlestown Little! (29 Jul 2008) >>>

Summer update on Swordlestown Little (19 Jul 2008) >>>

It is soon time to see some of our 2006 crop on the track (23 Jun 2008) >>>
From Foal to Racehorse - only in two years!

Midsummer racing is in full flow - here are some photos of a memorable trip to Epsom on 6th of June 2008 (19 Jun 2008) >>>

A visit to Newmarket - and this time it is all good news! (31 May 2008) >>>
A great time was had by all

11 May - a perfect end to the week with the last 2008 foaling at Swordlestown Little! (10 May 2008) >>>
A busy week with many visitors

English 2000 Guineas Day and the end of the 2008 foaling season in sight (03 May 2008) >>>
All eyes turn towards Newmarket today and it is time to take out riding boots

From Punchestown to Sydney and back (28 Apr 2008) >>>
An eventful week with a visit to the Punchestown Festival and Sydney

The Punchestown National Hunt Festival begins today (22 Apr 2008) >>>
The Cheltenham of the Irish - only different...

12 April - Taking the rough with the smooth. (15 Mar 2008) >>>
Good foals and bad weather

Sunday 6 April - Foaling duty is taking its toll! (05 Apr 2008) >>>
There are several new additions to our foal crop 2008

Sunday 30 March - Flat racing is back! (30 Mar 2008) >>>
Today is the start of the 2008 flat season on the Curragh

22 March - Easter Saturday (22 Mar 2008) >>>
Mares are keeping us waiting as winter returns yet again!

17 March - St Patrick's day update (17 Mar 2008) >>>
The mares and foals can enjoy some sun today!

15 March 2008 - all mares are overdue! (15 Mar 2008) >>>

Swordlestown Little, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.
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