Silverthorn Slate sold

The very smart yearling colt Silverthorn Slate has been purchased by Michelle Putica in the Hunter Valley.

Slate is from St Ronan Abdul Smoke's first crop of foals and is from the Montcalm Luke mare Silverthorn Invergordon.

We look forward to seeing Michelle out with Slate when the show season starts.

August 15, 2009

We often say it's good to extend our focus beyond one's own discipline. We attended an exhibitors and judges seminar run by The Eastern Regional Promotion Group of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society on the outskirts of Sydney and it was a very interesting and informative day.

You can always learn something from days such as these with a showing and exhibitors' workshop which covered preparing for halter and saddle classes and showing in hand; and a judges seminar covering conformation, breed descriptions, and show and judges' regulations, including safety and risk management. Speakers were all well respected competitors and judges themselves.

It really brings home to us that no matter what breed we are showing, we all share the same passion, and are all going in the same direction!

Two new arrivals - August 7, 2009

Silverthorn Quentin Bruce

Silverthorn Sweeney

With August here our mares have started to foal with the arrivals of Silverthorn Sweeney, a brown colt from Elle Astra, by Waikon Park Coolabah; and Silverthorn Quentin Bruce, a black filly from Silverthorn Madalyn, also by Coolabah (Madalyn is also a daughter of Elle Astra).

We have several more mares to foal this month and we are looking forward to their arrival.

August 1-2, 2009 - Ladies Horsemanship Weekend

Michelle Hetherington on Smoke

This is our second ladies horsemanship weekend and again a wonderful weekend was had. Our ladies applied themselves diligently to every challenge they faced and it was amazing to see the obvious improvement in horses and riders by day two. We're sure that everyone left feeling that they had made great progress in their horsemanship and all expressed a sense of achievement and felt encouraged to build on the skills learned over the two days.

Saturday was spent divided with Carolyn Murphy who instructed in dressage/hack; and Paul beginning with a demonstration on youngstock handling and teaching to load on a horse float, then later, working with the ladies to get their horses working softly.

After a barbecue dinner Saturday we sat around a blazing campfire which kept us all warm on a very chilly night. Some very enlightening tales were told with everyone having the opportunity to further entertain us with their own stories and experiences - some of which certainly gave one food for thought, not to mention stretching the boundaries of one's imagination! We feel so lucky to have had such a nice group of ladies spend this time with us and it was lovely to watch new friendships develop and old ones deepen. As usual Paul kept everyone entertained with his deep reservoir of anecdotal stories - some we've all heard before but never get tired of hearing again and again.

Sunday morning dawned with a light frost on the ground that had everyone head for the teapot to warm up before breakfast. Some ladies took the opportunity to ride up to our higher country to check out some spectacular views as well as look at our group of yearlings that are running there, while Paul and Brenden brought in a mob of cattle for the days proceedings.

There was more dressage and hack work with Carolyn in the outdoor arena while Brenden Bailey ably instructed the ladies on working cattle in the large undercover arena. Paul spent his time 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 moved to 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.

Our young stallion St Ronan Abdul Smoke won many hearts with his kind and willing nature and for those ladies without a mount he was kept busy and on the go both days. Silverthorn My Girl also had her share of riders and Paul's demonstration horse, Silverthorn Shotgun delighted everyone with his never-fail ability to draw attention to himself by bowing and laying down. We might mention here that these simple tricks always seem to generate requests from onlookers to show how a horse is trained to lay down, which ultimately leads to another demonstration of trust and horsemanship.

Carolyn instructing Brittany Hetherington

Vale - Waikon Park Coolabah

Full of life, black and shiny, Coolabah, at the age of 23 years old, died suddenly on Friday, 17th of July, 2009.

Every morning we would be greeted by this grand old man with a gallop lap of his paddock, two bucks, coming to a skidding halt with a high rear and then waiting expectantly at the fence for his feed. Always a cheerful and happy horse with a beautiful kind temperament he will be sadly missed by the many people who have known him during his lifetime.

Bred and owned by Ray and Vicki Reynolds of Maitland, he spent most of his life at Gilleston Heights with the Reynolds family. Coolabah produced a good cool line of successful horses that were both intelligent and athletic and very much respected on the campdraft scene. Ray offered the use this son of the legendary Abdul to us when he learned of our loss of our stallion Montcalm Luke. We gladly accepted his offer realising that this was a wonderful opportunity to introduce this bloodline into our breeding programme as well as having a quality sire to use over our mares without losing a season of breeding.

We have stood the horse here at Silverthorn for the past four years and have produced some lovely youngsters. We have lightly shown the beautiful bay filly Isabeau (from Elle Astra who is by Wynastra) - her first ever show was Sydney Royal 2008 as a yearling, post equine influenza, where she placed first in the two-years and under class and went on to be reserve champion mare/filly, 2009 saw her winning the same class. We have broken-in our 2007 drop of foals and they are pleasing to the eye, quiet, and easy going with plenty of cattle sense.

With spring approaching we are looking forward to more Coolabah foals to carry on the tradition that their sire has set.

Our sincere thanks to Ray and Vicki Reynolds for placing Coolabah with us - and for those who bred to him over years - well, you would know and understand what we are saying here, by the stock you have resulting from taking the opportunity of using this horse

Rest easy old fellow, we'll always remember you.

Cutting Training Weekend - July 4-5, 2009

With 17 riders and about eight fence sitters a very instructive and pleasant weekend was had under the guidance of Kempsey cutting trainer, Gary LeBrocq (pictured right). Riders and horses alike benefited from the constructive advice and encouragement Gary was able to impart.

Meal times and coffee breaks gave everyone the opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new acquaintances as well as speak with Gary about the training sessions.

On the Saturday evening, after a barbecue dinner, everyone settled around the camp fires, enjoying the company to swap stories and yarns.

July 09 - Owner Updates

It's always nice to hear from Silverthorn horse owners and we recently received this picture of Kayla Robinson-Bard and her little sister with Kayla's young gelding Silverthorn Durallie (Knights Jugaby x Silverthorn Blackberry). Kayla and "Jack" are developing a wonderful partnership and we will be watching out for them in the spring when the first of the shows commence.

We have also heard from Lynne Tapp, owner of Silverthorn Winchester (Montcalm Luke x Haydon Avril). We'd lost touch of where "Chester" was and were delighted when Lynne made contact with an update of her family's progress with him. Obviously bringing a lot of pleasure to this family on the polocrosse field and in sporting as well as being a much loved horse. Hopefully, we will be able to feature some pictures of him soon.

Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint sold

Chantelle Layton is Cunnoo Destinys Blueprint's new owner.

We are looking forward to seeing Chantelle out with "Blue" when the show season starts in the spring.

Congratulations Chantelle on your purchase.

Upcoming training weekend - July 4th and 5th

We are looking forward to another cutting weekend at Fairview with Kempsey trainer Gary Le Brocq on July 4th and 5th.

Gary did a training weekend with us a couple of years ago and due to popular demand we have asked him to return.

(See our News archives: April - June 2006 for our previous training day with Gary).

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