Sydney Royal Information

Soft hats are back for Sydney Royal 2007! We've just had written confirmation from the Stock Horse Society that they have been advised by the Royal Agricultural Society that stock horse competitors over the age of 18 have been granted an exemption from wearing helmets during competition in ASH classes only. This will please a lot of people.

Judges at Sydney Royal 2007 AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSES - Mr Phillip Kirkby, NSW ASHLA classes - Ms Jaime Best, NSW Turnout class - (both judges) Station horse challenge - Mr Phillip Kirkby, NSW Time trial challenge - Mr Phillip Kirkby, NSW Judging competitions - (both judges) CAMPDRAFT World championship - Mr Scott Taylor, NSW & Mr Tom Gallagher, NSW Family campdraft - Mr Scott Taylor, NSW & Mr Tony Jones, NSW Small arena drafts - Mr Scott Taylor, NSW, Mr Tom Gallagher, NSW and Mr Tony Jones, NSW Team campdrafting - Mr Scott Taylor, NSW and Mr Tony Jones, NSW TEAM YARDING Team yarding challenge - Mr Tony Jones, NSW Team Yarding Association challenge - Mr Tony Jones, NSW AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SADDLEHORSES - Ms Joanne Uppington, Qld. CUTTING HORSE CHALLENGE - Mr Fred Johnson, Vic, and Arron Stevens-Jones, NSW

Gloucester AH&P Show, March 23 - Judge, Mr Tony Sherrin

Terrific results at Gloucester for us with Knights Jugaby starting off the day with a win in his stallion class and then on to champion stallion or colt.

April rode Jugaby all day with many placings and wins - these include first in the stallion hack, champion ASH hack, second in stallion working, third in the ASHLA (Australian Stock Horse Ladies Association) event, and first in the senior Stockman's turnout class.

April made a good attempt at the station/utility horse event but was somewhat disadvantaged by her small stature when it came to remounting the horse after the dismount - the judge allowed her the use of a chair but those who were able to manage this feat with out the "aid" were definitely more likely to place - nice try April!

In the mare classes, My Girl won her led class, champion mare or filly, and supreme led ASH exhibit. In the ridden classes with Paul, first in the mare hack and 3rd in the mare working.

Shotgun didn't disappoint, winning the yearling colt class and then champion foal or yearling.

Elliette, the black yearling filly, won her yearling filly class and was reserve champion yearling to Shotgun.

In the line-up for supreme, three of our horses were represented. (Knights Jugaby - champion stallion/colt, Silverthorn My Girl - champion mare/filly and Silverthorn Shotgun - champion foal or yearling).

The full sisters, My Girl and Elliette who make a lovely black pair, won the sire's progeny group, the dam's progeny group and to top it off the breeder's group. These two are full sisters to Danny Boy, Danni Girl and St Jude. They are by Montcalm Luke out of Six S Stud Charity. Charity has a nice brown colt by Waikon Park Coolabah on her now (Silverthorn Wills).

Thanks to Tracey and Barry of McGregor Photography for the photos of the horses at Gloucester Show - their website may be accessed through the link provided on the right hand side of this page.

Above: April and My Girl pictured with Judge T Sherrin, steward Mrs Jane Sherrin, and Mrs S Landers.

Below: Champion line-up for supreme ASH of the show - Silverthorn My Girl with April, Knights Jugaby with Julie and Silverthorn Shotgun with Paul.

Above: Jugaby with Julie.

Below: Progeny pair My Girl and Elliette.

Above: Paul with yearling colt Shotgun.

Below: Yearling filly Elliette with Julie.

Silverthorn Barrington makes his mark

Silverthorn Barrington has just had his first outing at a youngstock show at Gatton with a creditable sixth in the open breed futurity, a third in his ANSA class, first in his two-year-old stock horse class, best presented ASH, and best two-year old working/performance light breed - congratulations to delighted owner Kate Burden. Below: Barrington with Kate.

Wingham Show, March 17 - Judge Mr Greg Ainsworth

We arrived at Wingham at about 6am and with NSW still being in daylight savings time - it was still dark!

Daylight saw everyone preparing and working horses and looking forward to a fine day. It certainly was a fine day - but very hot and steamy.

We had a very successful show both in led and ridden classes.

The programme started with the led yearling futurity in which the colt Shotgun won with filly Elliette coming second.

Shotgun then won his yearling colt class, was champion colt/stallion, and ultimately supreme ASH of the show.

Elliette won her filly class.

My Girl and Elliette were placed second in the sire's, and first in the dam's progeny groups - always nice to showcase our youngstock in these events.

Knights Jugaby then went out to win stallion 4 years and over, and on to reserve champion colt/stallion to Shotgun. With April Spriggs in the saddle Jugaby placed second in the station horse 15hh and over; won a huge open hack class; won the senior 18-21 years Australian Stock Horse Ladies event; and then took out champion ASH hack - great going April! Then, April and Jugaby stepped up to the working classes, winning working stallion 15hh and over and on to win champion working stock horse - what a day for this pair!

My Girl was placed second in line-up of quality senior mares in her led class, and with Paul taking the reins for the ridden classes she came out and won the station horse (17 in the event), and third in the working mare under 15hh.

Above: Congratulations to April on Jugaby by Teresa Wilson.

Below: April riding Jugaby for champion ASH hack.

My Girl was placed second in line-up of quality senior mares in her led class, and with Paul taking the reins for the ridden classes she came out and won the station horse (17 in the event), and third in the working mare under 15hh.

Above: Paul on My Girl in the ASH hack class.

Wallamba Show, March 10 - Judge, Mrs Nola Nicholson

Wallamba Show takes place in the town of Nabiac on the Pacific Highway, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. A busy show in a very pretty setting.

We had our share of success with the four horses that we took; Knights Jugaby the stallion, Silverthorn Shotgun the yearling colt, Silverthorn Elliette the yearling filly, and the four year old mare Silverthorn My Girl.

First up were the yearlings, Shotgun placed first in his yearling colt class with Justin Murray's Montcalm Luke colt Kaluda Park Wellshot second. In the yearling fillies, Elliette placed first and later reserve champion yearling to Shotgun. A very pleasing result for these three lovely youngsters.

Stallions were next with Jugaby taking out the led champion stallion. Jugaby later placed reserve champion hack with April Spriggs in the saddle (now that she has turned 18 she is finally able to ride the stallion). April also rode him for a first in the working stallion event.

My Girl had a second in a huge line-up in the galloway ring and in the Stock Horse ring another second that took her to reserve champion ASH mare; and later a second in the ASH mare hack.

Pictured is Elliette, and the photos below show April riding My Girl and Jugaby.

Aerial Spraying

Aerial spraying by helicopter is the safest way to reach some parts of our country.

Pictured is the ground crew mixing the weed spray before loading it onto the chopper.

One of us must go up with the pilot to show him where the spray needs to go - so we were able to take this aerial shot of Fairview on the approach.

Hunter Branch ASHS Show, Scone, 3rd March - Judges, Clem Barnett and Tim Barnett

Our trip takes us up over the Barrington Tops, through the Dingo Gate, and on down to Scone - although much of the road is gravel, a very pleasant trip, with the most wonderful panoramic views.

This was another huge event, with top quality horses, mainly from the Hunter Valley, but quite a few of us from over the ranges. Extremely humid day.

With us this time were Shotgun and Elliette, our two yearlings; and My Girl.

First up was the mares progeny group of two with My Girl and Elliette taking out the blue ribbon, and then in the sires group they placed second. A good start to a great show.

Shotgun then placed first in his yearling colt class, and after the two and three year old classes, went in to be placed reserve champion junior colt.

Bob Murray's two year old filly Redgum won her two year old class and ended up taking reserve champion in the junior fillies.

Bob's other filly, three year old Springfield, placed second in her class.

Our yearling filly Elliette, placed second in a lovely line up of yearling fillies.

And My Girl, our senior mare, placed second out of 28 quality mares - a great result. Girl then went out to place third in her mare hack class. In the working ring Girl placed second in the mare class and then ultimately reserve champion working ASH of the show.

The Docherty family's mare Moonlight excelled herself in the dressage ring taking two strong firsts in her events.

Above, Paul riding Silverthorn My Girl in the mare hack class, and below, pictured are Paul, with judge Clem Barnett after having sashed Silverthorn My Girl for reserve champion working ASH.

Above, yearling, Silverthorn Shotgun, reserve champion junior colt, and below, Bob Murray's two year old filly Silverthorn Redgum took out reserve champion junior filly.

Rhonda Docherty rode Silverthorn Moonlight for 2 firsts in the dressage.

Royal Canberra Show, 21-25th February - Judge, Alan Ramsay

A long way to go but a trip worth doing. Lots of competition with the very best Australian Stock Horses from all over the country there. Huge classes, often with 30 plus competitors in the ring at a time.

We had our share of success with the 3 year old filly Country Music coming first in her led class with Bob Murray's Springfield in second place - very creditable wins considering the quality of fillies in this class. In the under 4 year ridden class (32 horses and riders) Music and Caitlin Bowman, won a fourth. My Girl was placed 5th in her led class.

Morisset Show, February 2, 2007 - Judge Teresa Wilson

First show of the season for us and with it being in February, it was a scorching hot and windy day.

With us were Shotgun the yearling colt, My Girl the four year old, Country Music the three year old, and yearling filly Elliette.

Shotgun was placed first in his class and went on to reserve champion stallion/colt. My Girl won her mare class, Elliette won her yearling class, and Country Music, with Caitlin Bowman in the saddle was placed first in a large hack class.

Caitlin Bowman waiting for her ASHLA class on Silverthorn My Girl.

Smoke Update

An update picture of St Ronan Abdul Smoke, the two year old colt that we purchased at Dalby late last year.

Great Dams

We did report on the Eastern Branch ASHS Show that was held in October, but it was only just recently that we learned that our mare Six S Stud Charity won the Cee Dee Australian Stock Horse Stud Perpetual Trophy for Most Successful Dam. Charity won this trophy in 2003 and our other great producing mare Elle Astra won it in 1999 and 2004.

Recent Sale to Darwin

Barsham Suntan has just been sold. He is about to make the long trip to his new owner Miss Elizabeth Stedman of Darwin.

Danny Boy update

January 8, 2007:

Just received news that Miss Scarlett McLean, of Streatham in Victoria is the new owner of the beautiful well performed black gelding Silverthorn Danny Boy. Danny's dam is Six S Stud Charity, and is by Montcalm Luke.

We have retained three full sisters to Danny - My Girl, Danni Girl and the yearling Elliette. The mare has a smart colt foal at foot by Waikon Park Coolabah.

Congratulations Scarlett, we look forward to hearing from you with updates on your progress.

Silverthorn Samuel

Mr Dave Anschau has just purchased the Silverthorn gelding, Samuel.
Congratulations Dave on acquiring this very smart young horse.

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