County of Cumberland ASHS Branch Show - Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon, 24th & 25th October, 2009

Judges - Bruce Withers and Rob Sharpe

We usually travel to Camden for this show but this year Cumberland Branch opted to have their show at Clarendon near Richmond. With the new road system, travelling there was a breeze and so much less stressful on both driver and navigator. We haven't shown on this ground for many years and were impressed with the many improvements to the grounds and facilities which we found to be top class.

On the Saturday evening Cumberland Branch members made us feel very welcome by inviting us to join them for dinner. It was so nice to catch up with old friends and to finally meet people that we see at the shows but in the past hadn't had the opportunity to get to talk to them.

Since Cumberland feature excellent futurity events, we took advantage of this opportunity to show our yearling nomination Silverthorn Easy Acres and Silverthorn Shotgun our four-year-old. Silverthorn My Girl was also with us for the open events.

Easy was placed second in a long line-up of quality yearlings on the Saturday and Sunday was Shotgun's day when he won champion led stallion and his four-year-old futurity. My Girl was third in a class of at least 19 mares and later under saddle with Elizabeth McKelvey placed third in the strongly contested ASHLA event.

Elizabeth showed her three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Lucky Strike - Lucky placed second in his led class, and second in the pleasure hack. Elizabeth has Lucky going around very nicely and we're sure you're going to hear a lot more about this gelding in the future.

We also saw Brittany Hetherington there with her four-year-old gelding Silverthorn Walkout going around very softly.

We came home with some wonderful prizes thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors of Cumberland Branch - as always this is a show not to be missed.

Gloucester Branch ASHS Show - Saturday, 17th October, 2009

Judges: Mr M and Mrs J Field and R Sharpe

Paul on Jugaby on the commencement of their workout in the champion hack event

Kayla on Silverthorn Durallie

This is our own local branch show, held at the picturesque showground on the outskirts of the township of Gloucester - nice for a change not to be travelling too far from home.

Three rings were running concurrently - junior led and hack classes in ring 1; senior led, turnout, and working classes in ring 2; and ring 3 was the youth ring.

Our day started in both rings 1 and 2, with our two yearlings Silverthorn Gothica and Silverthorn Easy Acres; and Knights Jugaby and Silverthorn My Girl all virtually required to be standing by for their respective classes.

Both Gothica and Easy Acres won their yearling classes with Easy taking out Junior Champion from a beautiful line-up of quality youngsters aged from 1 to 3 years old. Easy was ultimately Supreme Champion Led of the show.

Knights Jugaby took out Reserve Champion Led Stallion, won Stallion Working Class, won stallion hack and was Reserve Champion Hack along side of Silverthorn My Girl who won Champion Hack. Jugaby also won the Open Challenge which consists of three parts - working, time trial and campdraft - with points being scored from the three events to be added together for the final result.

My Girl also had a good show with a first and Champion Led Mare, won the ASHLA event with Elizabeth McKelvey; won the Mare Hack and was Champion Hack - a very pleasing result with Girl.

Elizabeth McKelvey rode her three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Lucky Strike for firsts in Maiden Hack, Pleasure Hack, and a win in the Three-Year-Old Snaffle Bit class - a tremendous result and well deserved with the gelding going around to perfection. We should note here that the maiden and pleasure hack classes would have had 18 entrants in each class. Elizabeth also placed third in the youth ring in the Junior Judging 18-21 years.

Our April Spriggs was fourth in the Junior Judging 18-21 years; rode her own two-year-old filly in most of the hack classes; and took out second place in the three-year-old snaffle bit.

We also saw two young riders in the youth ring on their four-year-old Knights Jugaby geldings - Kayla Robinson-Bard riding Silverthorn Durallie and Jaymee Hyland on Silverthorn Sportsman. Both girls tackled most classes and we were very proud to watch them going around. Kayla placed third in her Youth Handler 8-13 years, second in Hack Rider 8-13 years, and 5th in Working Rider 8-13 years. Kayla also was placed second in her Junior Judging under 13 years. Jaymee was fifth in the Junior Judging 13-18 years and besides competing in the youth ring, she took on the adults in the open hack classes - a great effort by both girls.

Above: Elizabeth asking Silverthorn My Girl for an extended trot in the run-off for champion hack and below: Elizabeth riding Silverthorn Lucky Strike

Below: Jaymee with Sportsman

Above: Knights Jugaby coming to a turn and below: a headshot of Jugaby and
Left: Knights Jugaby walking off after a very fast, high scoring working section of the challenge (99 points)

Elizabeth on Champion Hack winner Silverthorn My Girl and
Paul taking the reserve on Knights Jugaby

Eastern Branch ASHS Show, Singleton - October 3-5, 2009

Above: Silverthorn Easy Acres (photo credit - Audrey's Equine Photography)

Above: Paul on Jugaby, in driving cold rain, competing in the stallion 15hh and over working class

We were planning on spending the whole long-weekend at this show but with our breeding season in full swing and with so much work to do at home, we had to cut short our attendance to the one day. As always, with such a great working committee, the Eastern Branch show at Singleton is one we never miss.

First up were the yearling classes where we introduced our black colt Silverthorn Easy Acres for his first outing and our black filly Silverthorn Gothica for her second. Easy won his class from a very classy line-up of colts and was later sashed reserve champion yearling (runner-up to the Buckley Shield winner). Gothica also won her class and was in the line-up for the Buckley Shield that Easy was sashed reserve. We are waiting on photos for these events and will publish them when they are available.

Knights Jugaby didn't disappoint by taking out reserve champion stallion, was first in his working class and ultimately champion working 15hh and over; and first in stallion hack.

We were delighted to see so many of Jugaby's progeny on the ground doing so well.

  • We saw Kayla Robinson-Bard take out Champion Rider and Mount on Silverthorn Durallie;

  • the Emery's gelding Cee Dee Juggler win Champion Gelding;

  • as well as watching the three-year-old filly Silverthorn Sashay now with Jo and Geordie Akeroyd going around kindly.

  • Looking over into the challenge ring we saw young Brittany Hetherington on her four-year-old bay gelding Silverthorn Walkout going hell for leather against the clock and later in the ring, obviously having a great day.

  • We also saw two youngsters by Waikon Park Coolabah taking part in their events and also performing well.

    - These were Silverthorn Lucky Strike the brown/black gelding owned by Elizabeth McKelvey of Box Hill near Windsor, and

    - Karen Miles' brown filly Cee Dee Bracelette.

  • Our April Spriggs has been putting a lot of time into her brown filly by Silverthorn Cooee over the past few months, and was delighted when the filly pulled a third ribbon in a huge hack class.

Elizabeth McKelvey on Silverthorn Lucky Strike

Jo Akeroyd on Silverthorn Sashay(above) and
Emery Family's Cee Dee Juggler on the sidelines
trying to get Claire Mourant's attention (below)

Karen Miles' Cee Dee Bracelette (above and below)
ridden and trained by M/s Tina Bridge

Brittany Hetherington on Silverthorn Walkout

April Spriggs riding Impact Illusion

News from Silverthorn horse owners - October 12

It's always nice to hear how our horses are getting along after they have left the stud and what they are doing now. Just recently we've heard from several owners with updates and photos, and we'd like to thank you all for taking the time to share your news with us.

SILVERTHORN DURALLIE: We did see Kayla Robinson-Bard at Singleton Show with her young gelding "Jack", going around very nicely and Kayla has sent these pictures from the Eastern Branch ASHS Championships held at Singleton the following week during the long weekend of October 3-5. Kayla won firsts in her junior judging led, child handler, rider and mount; second in junior judging rider; third in the working; fifth in juniior ASHLA; and to top it all off - champion in rider and mount - well done, Kayla. Durallie is by Knights Jugaby from Silverthorn Blackberry.

Kayla Robinson-Bard and her young gelding Silverthorn Durallie (above and below)

SILVERTHORN ARCADIA AND SILVERTHORN CAROUSEL: Tabitha and Stewart from Gippsland, Victoria have been in touch telling us that they have just brought their two-year-old filly Arcadia and yearling colt Carousel in for their show preparation for some upcoming agricultural shows. Obviously enjoying the challenge of preparing this pair of youngsters for the show ring, Tab and Stew are really excited at the prospect of showing their quality youngsters off. Arcadia is by Knights Jugaby from Silverthorn Country Music and Carousel is the very typey colt by St Ronan Abdul Smoke from Montcalm Jillaroo.

Silverthorn Arcadia (above) and
Silverthorn Carousel (below)

SILVERTHORN ANNIKA JANE: Annika Jane has settled in nicely at her new home with Adam Wrobel and Lisa Badior at Glendonbrook near Singleton. Adam and Lisa are keen polocrosse players and it is with interest that we hear of her progress in this discipline. Annika Jane is by Waikon Park Coolabah from Six S Stud Charity - Adam and Lisa tell us that the filly carries very suitable and proven bloodlines for this sport.

Adam and Lisa with Silverthorn Annika Jane

SILVERTHORN ROYAL ASTRA: Melissa Payne has had such a good run on this little horse - we've previously mentioned her many times with some of her great successes with "Louie." Now the time's come for Melissa to concentrate on her studies and she has had to make the hard decision for sell him on. As a result, 12 year old Molly Marks of Duffys Forest, near Sydney is now his new owner and rider currently competing at novice level in dressage and hopes that Louie, being an educated pony, will take her to the next level. Royal Astra is by Montcalm Luke from Silverthorn Chanteuse.

MONTCALM LESTER: Emily Martin and Lester are living on campus while Emily studies Equine Science at Wagga Wagga, NSW. We met Emily when she came to us for work experience whilst she was at Tocal College and has kept in touch with us ever since. Recently Emily and Lester went to their first show - Wagga Wagga Agricultural Show and won all her novice classes, despite a terrible dust storm - well done! Lester is by Knights Jugaby and from Montcalm Lea.

Emily Martin and Montcalm Lester (above and below)

SILVERTHORN SPORTSMAN: Jaymee Hyland and her family at Dubbo, NSW, keep us posted regularly with Jaymee and "Sport's" progress. With great family support, Jaymee is bringing her four-year-old gelding along with a lot of dedication and patience and we feel that this strategy is going to pay off long term with a long and successful career. Sportsman is by Knights Jugaby from our very successful mare Silverthorn Madalyn.

Jaymee Hyland and Silverthorn Sportsman(above)

September 27, 2009 - Singleton Agricultural Show - Judge Gary Mills

My Girl and Shotgun - waiting for their events

Another early start, and after laying in bed and listening to the wind blowing a gale all night, it was with dread that we faced the thought of another full day out in the wind and dust. So we set off for Singleton in a head wind most of the way and on our arrival we found to our relief that the winds had abated somewhat and that the day was promising to be a bit more bearable than our previous day at Gloucester.

Nevertheless, we were dusty and windburnt at day's end. Singleton is always our first show for the season and we like to bring out our youngsters for a look about. Silverthorn Gothica, our black yearling St Ronan Abdul Smoke filly from Silverthorn Juliet, took her first outing in her stride and placed third in her yearling filly class. April rode Silverthorn Shotgun in her ASHLA event and placed second in a big class of ladies. Kylie Blanch came along and gave us a hand and rode Silverthorn My Girl, who performed well, but was out of the ribbons on the day.

It was lovely to see Kayla Robinson-Bard out on her young Knights Jugaby gelding Silverthorn Durallie - not sure how she went but saw Durallie with a third ribbon around his neck.

Paul on Shotgun in the final part of the station horse event

Kylie Blanch putting my girl through her paces in the station horse event

Kayla Robinson-Bard on her young gelding Silverthorn Durallie

September 25, 2009 - Gloucester Branch ASHS Campdraft

Such a wild windy day that competitors and spectators alike had to contend with - it really takes the pleasure out of a great day out. The dust in the air was so thick on the Gloucester Showground that the Bucketts (hills that form the spectacular backdrop and pride of the town) were totally obscured. So with mouths tightly clenched, and eyes squinted, competitors just gritted their teeth and got on with the job.

Paul rode Silverthorn My Girl in the Open for Open and was delighted to have placed 6th after getting a clear round in the preliminary run and making it to the final. April rode St Ronan Abdul Smoke in the Maiden for Maiden event and was lucky enough to have scored in the camp.

September 25, 2009 - ASHS State Championships, Dubbo

It was a very pleased and excited Karen Miles of Cee Dee Stock Horse Stud who phoned us late on Saturday with the news that her 3-year-old Waikon Park Coolabah filly from Jindaria Ringlette, Cee Dee Bracelette, had on her first outing, won champion filly, and went on to take out supreme led of the show. This filly then went out under saddle to be placed second in the 3-year-old futurity.

Another Cee Dee horse, Cee Dee Juggler by Knights Jugaby and from Jindaria Ringlette, owned by the Emery Famiily, won champion gelding, reserve champion hack and won his novice working event. Juggler also won the ASHS National Championships maturity hack at Scone in May. Congratulations to both Karen and the Emerys and also to M/s Tina Bridge rider and trainer of both these horses.

What a grand old mare Ringlette is - she has produced 9 foals, most of whom have been great achievers.

Recent sales

The lovely black yearling filly Silverthorn Journey from Silverthorn Danni Girl by St Ronan Abdul Smoke has been sold to Mrs Carolyn Murphy of Gloucester. We look forward to seeing Carolyn out in the stock horse ring in the near future.

Silverthorn Annika Jane, the smart two-year-old filly by Waikon Park Coolabah from Six S Stud Charity, has been sold to Adam Wrobel and Lisa Badior of Glendonbrook. Lisa and Adam are keen polocrosse players and we look forward to news of Annika's progress.

More foal photos

We have just updated the foal photos including this nice one of Silverthorn Showgirl with her first foal, a filly, Silverthorn Avril. Showgirl is full sister to Shotgun, by Montcalm Luke from Hayden Avril. Go to Youngsters page for more foal photos.

Silverthorn Showgirl and foal Silverthorn Avril.

Success at Penrith Show, September 6, 2009

Caitlin Bowman riding Zephyr Arabella

Elizabeth McKelvey had very pleasing results at Penrith Show last week on her three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Lucky Strike (Musical Fortune x Waikon Park Coolabah) with a win in the three-year-old snaffle bit, and seconds in the three and under led gelding, novice hack and novice working - well done Elizabeth.

Caitlin Bowman had her three-year-old filly Zephyr Arabella (Newline Flitter x Knights Jugaby) out and was very pleased with the outcome of her day with a third in her led three year old filly, seconds in the three-year-old snaffle bit and mare hack, and a third in the working mare - good job Caitlin on your filly's first outiing.

We're looking forward to seeing more of these two girls on their up and coming youngsters this season.

Elizabeth McKelvey riding Silverthorn Lucky Strike

April keeps on shining - September 6, 2009

After being sashed Miss Stroud Showgirl recently, April Spriggs continued her winning way when she travelled over to Adelaide on Friday and took out first place in the SA Junior Judging Competition at the 2009 Adelaide Royal Show. She was sashed to the strains of the Dragon song "April Sun in Cuba" - what a great year she's having!

Congratulations April - you've made us all very proud of you.

April pictured above being sashed.

Montcalm Lucile

Mr Peter Taubman of Montcalm ASH Stud has kindly offered us Montcalm Lucile, dam of our very successful sire Montcalm Luke. We are looking forward to her arrival and are hoping that she will breed for us as well as she has done for Peter.

A work in progress, September 5

The filly pictured is a yearling by St Ronan Abdul Smoke nearly ready to step into the show ring after about five week's handling and preparation. 2008 was Smoke's first crop of foals and to walk into our yearling paddock it's hard to tell them apart - all are of similar quality and type. If you are looking for a youngster to take through the futurities or to show, look no further, any one of these are show types. We are finding Smoke's progeny to be very soft, accepting, and easy to teach. See our listing of yearlings on our Youngsters' page.

Our 2009 crop of foals have started to arrive and will be available for sale on weaning. Stallions used last year were St Ronan Abdul Smoke, Waikon Park Coolabah and Silverthorn Shotgun. See our listing of new foals on our Youngsters' page.

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