September 25, 2008

Pictured is work experience student Kate Jackson from Marcus Oldham College, Victoria, with yearling filly Silverthorn Annika Jane. Kate formed a special bond with this filly during her time at Silverthorn.

Brumbies sighted at Barrington Tops

Just had to share these photos with you - they were taken this week on a trip over the Barrington Tops at Polblue. So many times we travel this route and very rarely do we ever sight the brumbies. There seem to be six in this group, a stallion and his band of mares.

Above: Brumby stallion with one of his mares and below: Brumby group in high snow country at Polblue, Barrington Tops

Above and below: Looking west out across to the Hunter Valley after having passed through the Dingo Gate at the top of Barrington Tops.

Above: Cobark Road, heading through Rawdonvale.

September 20-21, 2008 - Ladies Horsemanship Weekend

A wonderful weekend was had with all our ladies seriously applying themselves to whatever discipline we introduced them to. Absolutely amazing to see the obvious improvement in horses and riders by day two. Everyone expressed a sense of achievement and progress in their horsemanship by the end of the weekend and it was lovely to see new friendships develop and old ones deepen.

Ladies returning after early morning trail ride

Saturday was spent divided with Carolyn Murphy who instructed in dressage/hack; and Paul working with the ladies to get their horses working softly.

After a barbecue dinner Saturday night we sat around swapping stories - some tall, but nevertheless entertaining, with Paul, as usual, having everyone in stitches, relating some of his more humorous experiences with hardly any embellishment, except of course for Julie's assistance where he might have forgotton some of the finer details.

Sunday morning saw a group of keen ladies take a trail ride up to our higher country for some spectacular views while Paul. Brendon and Caitlin went out and brought in cattle for our days proceedings. Sunday saw more dressage and hack work with Carolyn in the big arena while Brendon Bailey ably instructed the ladies in cutting in the small arena. Paul took to the large open arena instilling skills learnt the previous day and building on them with simple and flying changes and Julie was able to share her knowledge in presentation with some of the ladies who were keen to get tips on the finer points of show preparation. After lunch the cattle were yarded in the stockyards where everyone had the opportunity to cut a beast from the mob and bring it out on its own and put it into another yard.

Rebecca Maurer and Brendon Bailey blocking cattle coming into yards

Paul on 2 year old Silverthorn Isabeau heading cattle into yards

A few Silverthorn horses were used by ladies requiring a mount and many of our young breakers with only a few rides were brought in and also used as spare horses. To watch these youngsters progress as they applied themselves calmly and confidently in every discipline was very satisfying and rewarding for us.

During the weekend we had a few foal "tours" through the broodmare paddock with our proud mothers showing off their St Ronan Abdul Smoke offspring to all who wished to admire them. General consensus was that the foals were all very similar consolidating our breeding programme of quality and consistency of type.

Bringing in another batch of cattle

Click here to view more photos from our ladies' horsemanship weekend

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September 12, 2008

After our successful Cutting Training Weekend, we are now looking forward to the weekend after next when we are having a Ladies Horsemanship Weekend. Our ladies are all keen to hone their skills and generally enjoy each other's company.

If you are interested in participating in any of our training weekends please contact us. We are planning to have these on a regular basis.

We have Kate Jackson, a student from Marcus Oldham College, Geelong, Victoria here with us for three weeks doing practical placement. Kate is studying The Diploma of Horse Business Management, a course that emphasises business skills, practical skills and horse husbandry knowledge.

Pictured below is Kate (centre) assisting Paul and Elizabeth moving heifers to pasture.

Above: Elizabeth on My Girl in the lead

Above: Kate on Elliette.

We have a few more beautiful foals with their photos added to the slideshow (updated: 22 September 2008 - see Youngsters page).

Training weekend - August 9-10, 2008

It was wonderful to watch the progress participants of this training weekend made under the watchful eye of cutting horse trainer Mr Godfrey Schulz. It is easily apparent that there is always more to learn, and much of which can be adapted to our own individual disciplines.

The days stayed fine and on the Saturday evening, we sat around blazing campfires enjoying each other's company. Paul managed to keep us entertained with many of his stories (his motto is "never let the truth get in the way of a good story") - but I must admit, as one who has heard them many times over, the storylines stayed pretty well the same.

Hopefully this is the first of many such weekends.

Soon we will be holding another cutting training weekend as well as a ladies weekend that will cover stock horse working, dressage, preparation and presentation etc. If you are interested in attending please register your interest by phoning or emailing us.

Click the play icon below to view a little of the one-on-one training:

First Smoke Foal

It's almost 12 months since the equine virus hit and is somewhat comforting to feel that that disastrous period is now behind us. What better way to get on with things than to have a smart new foal make his arrival.

We have been keen to see the outcomes of last year's season when we used the black colt, St Ronan Abdul Smoke that we purchased at the Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale in Queensland in 2006. Smoke was used over all our mares last year and this foal is the first of many for the 2008 season.

The colt foal is out of Elle Astra, a mare that has bred 10 fillies and four colts for us producing many Sydney Royal winners. "Mardi" as she is known, was acquired as a yearling 17 years ago.

Further details and new photos of our 2008 foals are on our Youngsters page.

20th July, 2008

A get-together with friends was had on this lovely sunny winter's day, honing skills and having some fun.

Pictured here from left, Brendon Bailey, Ian "Doc" Docherty, Dave Anschau, April Spriggs and Paul Wardell.

Mid-year School Holidays, 2008

We enjoy sharing our passion for horses, and the following pictures taken during the July school holidays clearly show the pleasure in these young people's faces - we find this is especially so when their own personal boundaries are nudged.

14th July, 2008

We had the pleasure of watching Brittany Hetherington and her new young horse Walkout on his first outing at the Stroud Pony Club Interclub day at Stroud last week. They achieved a fifth in the hack, a third in the rider and a first in bare saddle.

This week they were out again, a ribbon day at their home club, Mount Sugarloaf with pleasing results again - a first in hack, first in pleasure and second in rider; in the sporting events two thirds and two fifths with a third in F grade jumping. Next week Brittany is looking forward to a hack show at Taree and will be competing in four dressage tests. She has been getting many positive comments about this two-year-old gelding from complete strangers which reinforces the special bond that is already emerging between both horse and rider.

It's going to be very interesting to watch the future unfold as this pair progress through this journey together.

Brittany represents Mount Sugarloaf Club near Newcastle.

Walkout is a two-year-old by Knights Jugaby from Silverthorn Eclipse. His almost identical two-year-old brother, Sportsman, out of a sister mare to Eclipse (Madalyn), is on our sale page.

Waikon Park Coolabah to return for another season

When you think about it - how many sires are there that can boast they are by the renowned sire Abdul?

We are pleased to announce that Coolabah will be standing here for the 2008 season.

The foals we have by him are great types and are calm and trainable.

Check out our stallion pages for details.

Phone: 02 65583152

Mail: 1806 Gloucester Tops Rd
Gloucester 2422

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