13th June, 2008 - Recent Sales

The bay gelding Walkout, out of Eclipse, and by Knights Jugaby, has been sold.

Pictured below is Paul with Brittany Hetherington, the pleased new owner of that very special gelding Walkout. Brittany is a member of the Australian Stock Horse Society and also of Mount Sugar Loaf Pony Club, near Newcastle.

Pictured here is Cool Hand Luke, last season's outstanding colt out of Eclipse by Waikon Park Coolabah. At writing Luke is on his way to new owner, Mrs Veronica King of "Wave Park," Avondale, near Bundaberg, Qld.

May 17th - Camden Haven Horse Show, Kendall

This is a show that we have never been to as it usually clashes with the Australian Stock Horse Nationals, but since the Nationals have been postponed we were able to take this opportunity to go along and try our luck.

We were on the road early and made good time to Kendall just as the sun rose. To our pleasant surprise we found this to be a lovely showground surrounded by big shady trees, ample parking spots, and safe yards and stables available for the horses.

Elizabeth was the first to step out onto the ring to have her first go at a junior judging event. It was so nice to see so many young people taking this event so seriously - they looked so good they could have been turned out for Sydney Royal! Anyway, Elizabeth placed third and came away keen to have another go at this type of youth event.

In the led ring Jugaby walked out with the champion colt/stallion sash and was ultimately supreme champion ASH - a lovely rug and sash was presented. He placed second in the stallion hack; second in the stallion working and ultimately took out reserve champion ASH working.

My Girl won her led mare class and went on to be champion mare/filly. Elizabeth then saddled up and rode Girl for a first placing in the mare hack and third in the mare working.

Our two-year-old filly Elliette won her class and was reserve champion mare/filly to My Girl. Paul then saddled up and rode her for a first in the maiden hack. It was interesting when it came for the run-off for champion ASH hack as we had both My Girl and Elliette in for a chance - and to our delight Elliette took out the red, white and blue (this is the second show that she's been out under saddle). Later on we entered her in the three-year-old snaffle bit (she's two) which she also won.

Isabeau won her yearling filly class and was ultimately the champion yearling/foal.

My Girl and Elliette won the mare progeny group (Six S Stud Charity) and also won the breeders group of two.

It was a long day but a pleasant one that was ensured by the organisational skills and friendliness of the show committee who obviously had a good close working relationship.

Paul on Jugaby in the ride-off for champion working ASH and coming back after the workout.

Elizabeth taking her junior judging very seriously

Sweet filly, Elliette, who won champion ASH hack.

Back on the Job

Out of the weekend show gear and back in work clothes Paul and Elizabeth can be seen here on the job moving some heifers out to winter pasture.

Other news is that Romney and Walkout, the two bay geldings that we had advertised on our sale page have been sold.

The smart black weanling colt Silverthorn Cool Hand Luke (Waikon Park Coolabah x Silverthorn Eclipse) is also sold and about to make the trip north to his new home in Bundaberg.

Sunday, May 11 (Mother's Day)

We haven't had one of our "adventures for the adventurous" days for some time, and I guess it was about time that we had another - this time a buying trip for brood mares took us to Echo Hills, out the back of Timor where Barbara Smith has her beautiful Barsham horses.

We have enjoyed much success with Haydon Avril who was dam to so many of our champions and also Barsham Sunaround, although still a very young mare has already produced two lovely fillies for us. Avril and Sunaround have a wealth of breeding and their geneology that can be traced back to pioneering days as early as 1830. The Haydon Horse Stud are well documented with a policy to breed a quality versatile riding horse with at least three-quarter throughbred blood with special emphasis on their female line. Their horses helped build a nation in the pioneering days, droving, to war as "Walers" as they were known, to foreign soil in the Light Horse days; and today in the disciplines of polo, campdrafting, cutting, dressage, show etc.

Barbara (formerly a Haydon) contacted us to see if we were interested in purchasing some broodmares and we couldn't let this opportunity pass by.

So began our adventure that took us over the Barrington Tops, through the Dingo Gate, past Ellerston and on to Timor. With mud-map in hand and a bit of good luck we found our destination - Echo Hills, where the Barsham stock horses are now run.

If you've followed our site over time you will know that we have purchased quite a few young Barsham colts to break-in and sell on. We've always found them to be lovely soft trainable horses.

We came home with three young mares and two older mares with filly foals at foot.

Barsham Greer and Barsham Prodigal Lass are the two older mares with foals by JR Cattle Hand (Comara Abbeys Cattle King x Winged Flight) - Barsham's resident stallion; and Barsham Sunrising, Barsham Sunlast, and Scotts Creek Bauble, the younger mares and in foal to JR Cattle Hand.

On the road approaching Barrington Tops

Country we passed through on our way to Timor

Lunch break on the return leg of our journey

Barsham Sunrising, Scotts Creek Bauble and Barsham Sunlast, already settled in to their new home at Silverthorn.

Welcome Elizabeth!

Elizabeth has joined our stud on a full-time basis and will be assisting us in all facets of stud management, handling and breaking-in as well as preparation. presentation and riding in the show ring.

After completing the full-time horse course at Tocal College in 2007 Elizabeth comes well equipped to take on her new duties.

Elizabeth is pictured here on Silverthorn Shotgun.

April 12, 2008 - Newcastle Regional Show - Judge, Mrs Toni Bull

We had a very enjoyable day at Newcastle Show which seems to be returning to its old glory after a few years in the doldrums. The stabling and parking arrangements were very capably handled and where it was once a mission to find a stable and somewhere to park the truck, we wouldn't hesitate to return to this venue next year.

On this lovely sunny day we took five of our horses with us and all five brought home broad sashes in the led classes and in most of the ridden events we placed well.

Knights Jugaby, took out Champion ASH Stallion/colt with Silverthorn Rookie, our yearling colt, Reserve Champion ASH stallion/colt. April rode Jugaby in all his ridden events and were placed first in the working stallion, second in the stallion hack and third in ASH hack ridden in a curb bit.

Silverthorn My Girl won her led class and then took out Reserve Champion Mare/Filly. My Girl's rider for all her ridden events was Elizabeth McKelvey, our new team member, who was making her show ring debut. Elizabeth placed fourth in her ASHLA senior class, first in the ASH mare/filly hack, second in the working mare and fourth in the station horse event. A very good start for Elizabeth and My Girl.

Silverthorn Isabeau, our lovely bay yearling filly who made her debut at Sydney Royal only a few weeks ago, won her yearling class and went on to take out Champion ASH Filly.

Silverthorn Elliette, the black two year old full sister to My Girl, had a wonderful day winning her two year old led class and then on to Reserve Champion ASH Filly. With Paul, Elliette made her debut under saddle with a win in the ASH hack, three years and under, any sex; and a second in the ASH hack novice horse, any sex. A very pleasing outcome boding well for the future.

Above: Paul on two-year-old Elliette.

Below: Elizabeth riding My Girl.

Above and below: April on Jugaby.

Above: Elizabeth on My Girl and Paul on Elliette.

28-31st March, 2008 - Sydney Royal Show

With six horses entered and accepted we made our way to Sydney in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday the 26th to arrive at the the DPI checkpoint that was set up outside the gates of the Sydney Royal showground at 7am. With horse travelling papers in order we then proceeded to gain entry, find our stables, unload the truck and have the vehicle off the ground and parked by 8am - phew . . . we did it - but only because we had such a great team of helpers with us.

By arriving on the Wednesday, we were able to settle in and get the horses worked for the commencement of the Australian Stock Horse ring on the Friday.

As mentioned above, we were very fortunate to have our two young riders, April and Caitlin with us as well as Kylie and Elizabeth who worked tirelessly throughout the show.

With the most horses we have ever taken to Sydney, we needed all the help we could get and these capable girls kept the momentum going when we had back to back led classes with three stallion/colt classes and two mare/filly classes. There were times when on our return from the main ring into the marshalling yard we had to change horses and go straight back out. Other times we had to have a change of bridle on the ready for the next class. Championships were another thing - the girls had to have the mare and filly ready to go back out for judging of champion ASH mare/filly as soon as we came out with the two colts that were in for the ASH stallion/colt championship.

We had a tremendous show - worth all the hard work - with great results.

Knights Jugaby, was placed 5th in his led class and with April in the saddle was runner-up for a place in both the Stockman's turnout and ASHLA classes.

St Ronan Abdul Smoke placed first in his colt class and had two seconds - one in his working class and one in his hack class - a very pleasing result for this young stallion at his second ever show.

Our yearling colt, Silverthorn Rookie, did us proud with a first place in his led class.

Silverthorn My Girl won her led class in huge line up of quality mares and went on to win places in her ridden classes. Caitlin had success in the ASHLA ring by taking out runner-up novice and fourth place overall - great effort Caitlin!

The baby of the team, Silverthorn Isabeau, the bay yearling filly who had never been off the farm let alone a show, went out and won her class and went on to take out Reserve Champion Mare/Filly. Silverthorn Elliette was in the same class as Isabeau but was not placed.

April then took the spotlight when she won the RAS/NSW State judging final (junior judging) - a very proud moment for us all!

Above: Paul with Isabeau prior to winning reserve champion ASH mare/filly.

Below: Caitlin Bowman riding My Girl in her ASHLA class.

Above: April Spriggs on Jugaby in the Stockman's Turnout class.

Below: Caitlin on My Girl and April on Jugaby in readiness for the Stockman's Turnout class.

Above: Paul on Smoke going through the course with Judge Mr Wayne Smith.

Below: Caitlin being judged in the ASHLA class.

Above: Paul with Isabeau.

Below: Julie with Smoke up for championship.

Above: Paul with Smoke after winning the three-year-old colt class. (Photo: Julie Wilson Phototgraphy)

Below: Rookie after winning his colt class. (Photo: Julie Wilson Phototgraphy)

Above: Julie with My Girl who won her mare class. (Photo: Julie Wilson Phototgraphy)

Below: April wins the RAS/ASH state junior judging final.

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