June 20 - Recent Sales

The athletic two-year-old filly Silverthorn Sashay has been sold to Jo and Geordie Akeroyd of Duri, near Tamworth.

We wish them luck with this youngster and look forward to seeing her out and about come Spring.

Sashay is by our leading stallion Knights Jugaby from the beautiful Barsham mare Sunaround.

Pictured here is Paul with Jo Akeroyd and filly Sashay

36th NCHA Annual Futurity and Select Cutting Horse Sale - 28th May-7th June

Out of interest we went over to the Australian Equine Livestock Events Centre at Tamworth to watch some of the futurity and the cutting horse sale last week. It's always an eye opener to see how the cutting horse people have their horses going so well so young and we enjoyed every moment of the time we spent there.

The estimated purse of $150,000 was strongly contested and provided much entertainment and interest for the many spectators there.

We watched most of the sale and there were a great percentage of the lots going for five figure prices, with many over $20,000. The highest priced lot we saw was for a two-year-old chestnut Acres Destiny filly who sold for $47,000. It was certainly clear that buyers were looking for bloodlines and these were here in abundance - several of these were very popular and were the ones that were demanding the highest prices.

We spent some time in the farrier tent watching the Professional Farriers Championship and it was great to see that there are so many competent farriers at work.

The many stalls were selling all sorts of gear from saddlery, farrier gear, clothing, jewellery, and horse floats etc. There were some very interesting and innovative items on display which caused us to wonder at the great ideas people do get.

We came across many like-minded stock horse friends there for all the same reasons as us and it was lovely to catch up and spend some time with them in this off-show period when we could just sit and relax and have a yarn.

June 9 - Recent Sales

Wills has been sold and gone to his new home on the Central Coast of NSW. He is pictured here with new owner Julie Ware and Paul. We wish Julie all the best with this gelding and feel sure that she will get a lot of pleasure from this sweet individual.

Above: Some of the 40 entrants with flag bearers at the Futurity presentation.

2009 ASHS National Championships - May 22-24, White Park, Scone

After a wet week and through torrential rain we set out to the ASHS National Championships with our futurity entrant, Silverthorn Shotgun and our Maiden Campdraft contender, Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint. To our surprise we found conditions dusty, cold and windy on arrival which prevailed the entire weekend.

The Society did a great job in the running of this show, making it a standout in our show calendar providing extra touches for such a special event. With the arrival of the ASHS Patron, The Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, that heralded the grand parade of futurity horses, the opening of the show and futurity presentation, this certainly provided a treat for all those present.

The Maturity and the first round of the campdraft was held on the Friday with an early 7am start on the Saturday for the Futurity.

We watched some of the Maturity events and were pleased to see the Knights Jugaby gelding, Cee Dee Juggler take out first place in the hack section from a catalogued number of 31 entries - congratulations G & M Emery and rider Tina Bridge.

We also saw young Brittany Hetherington on her Jugaby gelding Silverthorn Walkout (above) for the Youth Challenge - not sure how she went but are sure she'll let us know. Also we were pleased to see Silverthorn Elliette with her new owners, Tracey and Gavin Strelitz who was there for the Futurity and although not a placegetter, scored very well in all her sections.

Above: The Governor General, Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce with Ms Joy Pool OAM,
Chairman of the ASHS, kindly paused to have their picture taken prior to the Futurity presentation.

The Futurity was huge - 47 catalogued entries with 40 entrants actually on the ground. The 7am early start saw each horse receive a lovely wide mauve sash to wear for the futurity parade, and later to be worn for the presentation at the end of the day. As "luck" would have it - we drew No 1 - this is the least desirable number anyone could possibly have - anyway, someone's got to be first out - this time it was us!

Shotgun, although not a placegetter, pleased us with his consistent high scores in the led, hack, working and time trial sections. He received a lot of attention with his flashy good looks and lovely movement.

Bluey only received camp scores in the draft, but we were more than pleased with the way he went round. As always he was the recipient of lots of comments about his beautiful quiet nature and manners.

Judges for the Futurity: Led - Marie Evans and Jacqui Mascord; Hack - Alison Hall and Judy Rankin; Working - Slim Perrin and Len Frame; Time Trial - Marie Evans and Jacqui Mascord.

Judges for the Maiden Campddraft Series were Len Frame and Steve Hart.

Above and below: 7am, and waiting for the Futurity to commence - Paul with Shotgun
and the following photos of Paul and Shotgun in the Futurity.

May 2 - Silverthorn Cobark sold

Three-year-old bay gelding Silverthorn Cobark (Knights Jugaby x Silverthorn Invergordon), has been sold and we are now looking forward to weaning our 2008 season foals.

Pictured here are two of the St Ronan Abdul Smoke fillies about to be weaned. All the foals by Smoke are very similar in type and if you are looking for a quality youngster to show look no further.

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