The Company

Manufacturing Since 1939

Founded in Ringstead, Northamptonshire in 1939 by Claude Horrell, Dodson & Horrell has grown to become a respected authority on animal nutrition and Europe's leading horse feed manufacturer. Still a family business to this day and although the Dodson family have not been involved for many years, their name is still retained. The company is still based in Northamptonshire at nearby Islip and is run by John and Richard Horrell, sons of co-founder Claude Horrell.

Dodson & Horrell Horse

70 years experience and a wealth of expertise are used to formulate our feeds, supplements and herbal products to ensure that your horse is receiving the very best nutrition. Many products contain additional antioxidants in the form of our unique QLC antioxidant package (Quality Life Care). This patented blend of natural, plant derived antioxidants has been formulated to support the horse’s own natural antioxidant system, promoting long-term health, condition and performance.

Prohibited Substances – Dodson & Horrell monitors for the presence of specified naturally occurring prohibited substances as required under the rules of racing and the FEI.

Countryside Range

Manufacturing and supplying traditional livestock and poultry feeds to farms and smallholdings since 1939, providing high quality nutrition for traditional and rare breed farm animals. The Countryside Range predominantly caters for the needs of cattle, goats, pigs, sheep and poultry. Products are also available for dairy cows, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and game.

Bird Food

Distributed by Dodson & Horrell for Manor Farm Granaries. With over 40 years experience, Manor Farm Granaries use only the finest quality ingredients sourced from around the world and the UK, many of which are grown to strict specifications. Once harvested, all the seeds and grains undergo a rigorous cleaning process to ensure that they are providing the best nutrition for cage, aviary and wild birds.


The Chudley family, renowned for breeding and training champion labradors, springers and cocker spaniels had long been buying straight cereals from Dodson & Horrell when in 1976 they agreed to cement their relationship on a commercial basis. With that, the Chudleys brand was born and Chudleys Original became the flagship product. The Chudleys range now incorporates complete dry diets for pet and working dogs, plus a small animal range.

Chudleys Dog: Whatever your dog’s lifestyle feeding him a balanced and nutritious diet will help him live a long, healthy and happy life. The Chudleys range incorporates complete dry diets for pet and working dogs. In accordance to the varying nutritional requirements of the pet and working dog, Chudleys has utilised a wealth of experience, the latest research findings and modern manufacturing techniques to develop a comprehensive range of foods to meet your dog’s every need.

Chudleys Pet: Chudleys offer a selection of products for your small animals including diets for ferrets, cats and rabbits.

Gold Line: In addition to manufacturing high quality horse feed and the Chudleys range of dog and pet food, Dodson & Horrell further consolidated its position as a leading animal feed manufacturer through the 1999 acquisition of a sister company, Gold Line Pet Products. Gold Line offers high quality own label and branded products including the Autarky and Gusto brands of dog food

Dodson & Horrell ingredients statement All Dodson & Horrell horse feeds and the countryside range are:

  • Sourced from certified non-genetically modified ingredients
  • Traceable raw materials
  • Manufactured in our own medication-free mill
  • Tested for prohibited substances
  • Vegetarian formulation

The selection of high quality raw materials has always been an important factor in the quality of Dodson & Horrell feeds, with the majority of the raw materials being grown locally and specifically for Dodson & Horrell with all ingredients fully traceable.

With the exception of skimmed milk powder that is used in some specialist products such as Foal creep pellets, all protein sources used in Dodson & Horrell feeds are from a vegetable origin. Dodson & Horrell even ensure that the vitamins used are not gelatine coated and this enables particular feeds, such as Layers pellets to have The Vegetarian Society Approval.

This together with our policy of using only natural ingredients whenever possible, our medication-free mill and our guarantee that every product is tested for prohibited substances, means that only Dodson & Horrell feeds can be used with confidence in all situations including for horses that are being kept on organic farms.

Dodson & Horrell's manufacturing sites are approved under UFAS as non-GM status.

Dodson & Horrell routinely test raw materials for the presence of GM material and all raw materials are subjected to extensive quality control procedures

Continual Growth: Having outgrown its original milling facility at Ringstead the company began development of what is now its principal manufacturing site at Islip, Northamptonshire. During 2004 a decision was taken to relocate the head office from Ringstead to Islip. This was achieved in May 2005 along with the successful commissioning of a purpose built distribution centre and brand new IT infrastructure. Milling still continues at Ringstead alongside the sale of a vast array of countryside products at the increasingly popular Country Store outlet.

Dodson & Horrell now exports to forty countries worldwide.