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About Grade One Investments

The story behind the company name is multi-faceted, first, paying homage to Nellie’s parents, Jimmy and Martha Gladwell’s, Kindergarten Farm. Grade One Investments is continuing the tradition of developing top-quality juveniles.


Second, just as “Grade One” indicates the upper echelon of competition in the racing industry, it is an indication of the level of care and attention to detail one may expect when working with Grade One Investments.


The Breedens are passionate about providing a solid foundation for young horses that will help establish their success in their future racing careers.


Each encounter with the thoroughbreds is used as a teaching experience to move forward to success at the race track. They strive to provide excellent care to each individual thoroughbred, solving complex problems and delivering positive results to their clients.

Meet Chetley & Nellie Breeden

Man and woman
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Chetley’s roots are in Agriculture, he began working in his family’s timber business at the age of 14 where he continued until Grade One Investments originated. He began pinhooking when he and Nellie were married in 2011 and quickly developed keen skills on identifying  athletic prospects.


Nellie has been immersed in the Thoroughbred industry since birth. She began by pinhooking with her parents and later formed a partnership with her two brothers, JNR Bloodstock (Jimbo, Nellie, Raymond). In high school and college, Nellie spent each summer prepping yearlings and shopping the sales. For the past 3 training seasons, she has served as Assistant Trainer to her father, while simultaneously working together with Chetley to grow Grade One Investments.

Meet the Team

Our Facility

Our facility is located at Two Springs Farm and Features:

  • 147 Acres

  • ⅝ Mile Dirt Track

  • ½ Mile Turf Track

  • Equine Swimming 

  • Extra-tall Turnouts

  • Large Paddocks

  • Ventilated Free walker

  • Oversize stalls 

Our Facility
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