The stud was established over 20 years ago and occupies 30acres of pasture and woodland on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. The stud is owned by Margaret & Geoff Shawcross, who is a veterinary surgeon but retired from general practice.
The Gazaro name is derived from the first two letters of the three stallions that formed the basis of the stud, namely GAstador XII, ZAfiro and ROmero XXV. We lost both Gastador and Zafiro a few years ago when both were in their twenties and even Romero, who was the baby of the three, is now 22yo.
Apart from breeding from our own horses we are involved in stud work generally. We are able to take other stallions for covering and to train them to the phantom mare for AI, or simply handling them during natural covering. We have facilities to undertake breeding soundness examinations for mares and stallions, and take mares for foaling.
We undertake backing, schooling and managing problem horses whenever livery space permits and Geoff also gives lessons to riders on their own horse either here or their own school. Our school-master horses are available for riders to improve their technique and also give a feel for the advanced movements.
We also have facilities to take horses for rehabilitation and convalescence after surgery or injury , especially when they are in need of treatment but not necessarily requiring hospitalisation at an equine unit. In these circumstances, we work closely with your own veterinary surgeon.
Please visit the relevant pages for more details about the services we offer.