April 19 - Hunter Valley Cutting Club day at Belltrees Station

Not sure that the rain would hold off we took off regardless over the Barrington Tops and down into the Hunter Valley to Belltrees Station near Scone where the Hunter Valley Cutting Club hold their practice days on this beautiful, historic property. It did turn out to be a day with a few odd showers of rain but did not deter members from having a good day regardless.

These are good days and the advice and help gladly extended are most welcome when it comes to learning new ways of training our horses.

Below: Paul on My Girl.

Above: April on Blue receiving advice from Mr Geoff Saxby.
Below: Paul on Shotgun turning back cattle.

April 17 - Stroud Show, Judge Mr R Kildey

We only took three horses with us and they were the mare Silverthorn My Girl, the three-year-old colt Silverthorn Shotgun and the four-year-old colt Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint.

My Girl won her mare class, following up with champion mare/filly and then supreme champion led ASH exhibit. Girl also placed first in her hack and second in her working mare class.

With the campdraft running concurrently with the led classes, Blue only got the opportunity to go in the working stallion class in which he was placed third and although unplaced, had a couple of good runs in the campdraft.

Shotgun had a good show with a first and a third in his hack classes, followed up by reserve champion ASH hack. In his working class he placed first.

Sydney Royal Show 2009 - Judge, M/s V Mascord

Above: Paul on Silverthorn My Girl on their winning campdraft run.

Another terrific Sydney Royal Show for us - it makes all the hard work worth the effort of getting enough performance to qualify for this wonderful event.

The Australian Stock Horse events have returned to the beginning of the show which enabled us to get in a couple of days settling in before actually going out and competing. We were allocated a row of stables and tack rooms that were located at a really convenient location and that was central to the marshalling yard, Schmidt arena and Horse Superintendent's office.

Elizabeth and April came along with us and it was very special to have Elizabeth competing on My Girl for the duration of the show; and for April to represent the State of New South Wales at the National Junior Judging Competition. April's competition took place on the Friday morning and prior to this we were invited to attend a special dinner put on for the contestants and their families the evening before. The Australian Stock Horse Society were represented by General Manager M/s Catharine Newman and Chairman M/s Joy Poole to host the dinner and it was a really pleasant evening with these very knowledgable ladies as well as getting to know the other contestants and their families from the other states.

Although not winner or runner-up, April comported herself very professionally and we were very proud of her performance out on the green.

Thursday morning saw us all very busy preparing our four horses - Knights Jugaby, Silverthorn My Girl, Silverthorn Isabeau and Silverthorn Rookie - for their led classes. Jugaby went out first and in a class of 12 stallions pulled off first place, then went out to take champion ASH stallion from a total field of 22 stallions and colts overall - what a buzz! My Girl was the next to go into the ring and was placed fifth in a class of 17 lovely mares. Isabeau, our two-year-old filly placed first in a field of 12 classy fillies; and Rookie placed third in his gelding class.

Straight after the led events we were busy preparing My Girl and Jugaby for the Senior ASH campdraft that was held in the Schmidt Arena. With Paul in the saddle, Girl had a dream run, and they were lucky enough to get a steer to complete the course scoring 86 points; this score was ultimately the one that made them the winners.. Paul reckons that this was the highlight of his show! Jugaby also had a run but was not placed. There were a total of 35 contestants in this very prestigious event.

Later in the day Paul rode Jugaby in the senior station horse challenge in which he placed a good third from 22 horses and riders - a very pleasing result.

Friday saw us busily preparing for the hack events in which Liz on My Girl placed fourth in two of her classes from 22 entries; and Paul on Jugaby with two seconds and a third from enormous classes that required to be judged after three cuts (42 entries).

Saturday commenced with Liz and My Girl in the hotly contested ASHLA class with 36 ladies lined up all looking beautiful with their perfectly presented horse and gear and ready to demonstrate their riding ability and skills. Liz was one off a ribbon which made her reserve runner-up for fifth place - nice work Liz!

Later on in the day we had the working classes in which Paul and Jugaby took out a fourth in their stallion working class.

More pictures to come.

Below: A very serious April with other states' representatives during the judging of the National Junior Judging Competition.

Above: Knights Jugaby in his led ASH stallion class and

below: Pictured here with Paul and Jugaby is judge M/s V Mascord after Jugaby was sashed champion ASH stallion.

Below: Knights Jugaby in ASH stallion hack class.

Below: Elizabeth and My Girl's ASHLA class.

Newcastle Regional Show - March 28, Judge M/s Sharon McKell

Above: Front, April on Blue, Paul and Jugaby and Elizabeth on Girl; and behind is Michelle Hetherington and Michelle Wilton.

After yesterday's show at Gloucester, we were up early again heading off for Newcastle - this is our last show before the Sydney Royal Easter Show. We experienced a beautiful autumn day on this lovely old ground and had much success with plenty of solid competition. Once again the stabling and parking attendants went out of their way to find us suitable parking and stabling contributing greatly to the smooth running of a large show such as this.

The Australian Stock Horse ring and the inaugural Hunter Campdraft Cup were the feature of the day's events. Twelve Regional Show campdraft champions from Bulahdelah, Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Gresford, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Singleton competed for the inaugural Hunter Campdraft Cup. It was certainly a great crowd pleaser with competitors going hard for good scores.

Back in the ASH ring Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint placed second in his led class, then April rode him for firsts in the ASHLA (Australian Stock Horse Ladies Association), ASH novice hack, ASH hack ridden in a curb bit; seconds in ASH stallion hack and working stallion; and a third in the novice working horse - a terrific day for April and Blue.

Silverthorn Rookie was awarded champion led ASH junior horse and then went out and secured second place in the three years and under class.

Knights Jugaby again excelled himself with reserve champion led stallion; third in stallion hack and champion ASH working horse, receiving a beautiful woollen rug donated by Baileys of Greta - thank you Baileys.

Silverthorn My Girl, looking good, took out champion led mare, and with Elizabeth on board placed 4th in the ASHLA event, and firsts in the mare hack and working mare, culminating with a reserve champion working ASH to Jugaby - Liz and Girl are really getting it together.

Michelle Hetherington was also at Newcastle Show with her three year old gelding Silverthorn Walkout and this combination had a great day with a first in the working junior horse, third in his hack class and a fourth in his led.

It was a very proud moment for us when Jugaby (working stallion), My Girl (working mare), and Walkout (junior working), were lined up to run off for champion ASH working horse. In a free workout, everyone pushed their horses to the limit, putting on speed, great turns and stops. Jugaby was awarded champion with My Girl taking out reserve champion. Blueprint (who came second to Jugaby in the working stallion) also produced a lovely clean workout in the championship.

Gloucester Show, March 27 - Judges, Mr and Mrs D Struahan

Above: Elizabeth on My Girl, second down the line, in the ASHLA class and

below: Elizabeth and My Girl doing a fast workout in the ASHLA class.

Above: Rookie in the gelding hack.

Above: Elizabeth on Shotgun at the completion of his hack 3 years and under event.

This is our local agricultural show that runs Australian Stock Horse classes in conjunction with a large campdraft held on the Friday of a two day show. Always a good show with a comprehensive programme. A lovely showground that is a natural amphitheatre and for spectators events can be viewed from most vantage points.

First class up was Knights Jugaby's led event and although we set out from the truck in fine weather, we found ourselves caught in a torrential downpour getting properly soaked for the rest of the day. That's showing for you! Anyway, not to be daunted, we continued on and all in all had a very successful, if not damp, day.

Jugaby won his led class, the stallion hack and then on to champion working ASH.

Silverthorn My Girl took out reserve champion led ASH mare, and with Elizabeth won the mare hack, a fourth in the mare working and a third in the ASHLA event.

Silverthorn Shotgun placed third in his working 3 years and under class and Silverthorn Rookie was reserve champion led ASH gelding and with Paul, won the gelding hack.

Above: My girl performing a lengthened trot in the mare hack class and

below: ribbons being placed in the stallion hack.

March 29 - Recent Sales

The Strelitz family of Uralla purchased our lovely three-year-old black filly Silverthorn Elliette this week and it was with some sadness that we saw her leave for her new home. We feel sure that she will promote our stud in all aspects of competition with the Strelitz's who compete in dressage, pony club and campdrafting.

Silverthorn Carousel, the lovely black weanling colt by St Ronan Abdul Smoke and out of Montcalm Jillaroo also left last week for his new home with Stewart Moroney of Sale, Victoria.

Above: Silverthorn Elliette recently at Wingham Show(see next news item) and

below: Silverthorn Carousel.

Wingham Show, March 21 - Judge, Maureen Jones

Above: Station horse class with Paul on Elliette, with other placegetters Madalyn Watchirs and Ken Knight and

below: Silverthorn Elliette in her working mare class.

Above: Silverthorn Rookie in one of his hack classes and

below: April on April on Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint in his working stallion class.

With the days getting shorter and daylight savings still in place, we arrived at the Wingham Showground virtually as the sun rose. This is another one of our regular annual country shows and one that we always really enjoy.

We had three horses with us, the four-year-old colt Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint, the three-year-old filly Silverthorn Elliette and two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Rookie. All did well for us with Blueprint placing second in his led class, and then with April in the saddle, seconds in the station horse under 15hh, ASH maiden hack, ASH novice hack, pleasure hack, working stallion under 15hh, and a third in the ASH hack under 15hh - a very good day for April and Blue.

Elliette won her led class and then with Paul in the saddle won station horse over 15hh, second in the best walking 14.2hh and over, third in the ASH hack 15hh and over and second in the working mare 15hh and over.

Rookie also had a good day with reserve champion led gelding, and firsts in ASH maiden hack, ASH novice hack, and pleasure hack.

Wallamba District A&H Assoc Show - March 14 - Judge, M/s Narelle Toole

Above: Paul on Shotgun in the stallion hack and

below: April with Rookie who was sashed reserve champion gelding.

This show at Nabiac is one that is always on our show calendar - not too far from home and a very pleasant, well set up showground.

We took the same four that we took to Gresford the day prior and all performed well.

Silverthorn My Girl started off her day with a first and then champion led filly or mare and followed up with a third in the mare hack and a second in the working mare.

Silverthorn Rookie received a first and a reserve champion led gelding. He didn't get the opportunity to get out under saddle as we found ourselves too busy to have another horse out in the ring.

Silverthorn Shotgun excelled himself with a first in the stallion hack, first in the maiden working and first in the working stallion, ending up with a reserve champion in the hack section.

Julie took Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint out in his led class for a reserve champion stallion or colt, then April saddled up and had a wonderful day in the ridden ring winning the senior ASHLA, placing third in the maiden hack, and second to Shotgun in the maiden working.

Above: Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint and

below: April on Blue putting on the pace for the ASHLA class.

Above: April with Silverthorn My Girl - champion ASH filly or mare.

March 13 - Gresford Show - Judge, M/s V Evans

Above: Silverthorn Rookie with Paul in the working gelding event.

With the dry conditions at Gresford we found the ground to be dusty in the extreme. A lot of stock horse competitors on the day making every ribbon won well earned. Just about every ridden class had to be split to break down the huge number of entries.

With us we had our new stallion, Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint, who displayed his exemplary good manners, and was the recipient of many favourable comments. "Blue" placed third in the novice working and second in the working stallion.

Silverthorn Rookie was our gelding nomination taking out a third in his led class and a fourth in the working gelding event - pretty good for a two-year-old in such a large class.

Silverthorn My Girl was placed in the working mare class and Silverthorn Shotgun had an excellent day with a first in the stallion hack and a second in the novice hack.

Above: Shotgun with Elizabeth in the stallion hack.

Above: Blue with Paul coming to a turn in the working stallion event and below: in the stallion hack.

March 10, 2009

Pictured here is Elizabeth with weanling colt Silverthorn Carousel. Carousel is currently in being handled and prepared for his new owners in Sale, Victoria. This fine colt is one of St Ronan Abdul Smoke's first crop of foals.

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