ASHS Nationals held at AELEC, Tamworth - 14-16th May, 2010

Although very scenic, the trip over to Tamworth is one not for the faint hearted.

We went over for the Maturity event with Shotgun who scored really well throughout the programme. For the Maturity we were required to participate in led, hack, working, time trial and campdraft. There were many great horses there and we were pleased to be placed third in the hack event.

The led section of the Maturity - this event commenced at 6.45am and the day didn't finish until about 8pm!

Port Stephens Cutting is a very narrow road and will only comfortably accommodate one large vehicle at a time
- the drop down the side goes for a very long way.

Looking down from Giro Lookout on the Thunderbolts Way before Nowendoc which overlooks the historic Giro Station.

9th May, 2010

On the 9th of May we travelled over the Barrington Tops to the historic property Belltrees where we attended the Hunter Valley Cutting Club training day. We saw many top riders and horses preparing for the National Cutting Horse Association 2010 Futurity to be held at AELEC in Tamworth from May 25th through to June 6th.

We took three horses across for the day - our four year old stallion Shotgun, and the two two-year-olds Whiteash Tobin, and Montcalm Kirribilli.

Paul on Shotgun ready to turn back cattle

Pictured here is April warming up the colt Kirribilli

As can be seen from the picture below, it's a very picturesque drive through the Barringtons, and the "dingo gate" at the top, literally has to be opened to pass through to the Hunter Valley.

30th April, 2010

After a hectic season of showing, our horses are having a well-deserved spell. That is, of course, except Shotgun, who is entered for the National Maturity Series 21 at The Australian Stock Horse Society National Championships at Tamworth in mid May. After that there's not much in the way of competitions except perhaps for the All Breeds Foal Show at Clarendon in July.

With onset of winter we are turning our focus now on breaking-in and training our two-year-olds that will be offered for sale in the coming months.

See our new page "Training" for information on the breaking-in and training capabilities that we have to offer.

Carolyn Murphy introduced her filly Silverthorn Musical Sally to her first dressage competition at Taree held by the Manning Valley Dressage and Hacking Club.

Competing in two Associate Preliminary tests, she placed first and fourth - a tremendous result for this filly. Congratulations Carolyn.

Paul on Tobin in the three and under ASH hack

Stroud Show, April 9, 2010

Judge - Mr A Wellington

As you can see from the pictures, Stroud is a very picturesque old showground and so very well maintained. Although only a small town, Stroud puts on a very comprehensive programme which attracts a huge number of competitors.

We had a very successful day with our young grey gelding Whiteash Tobin who won his three and under class and went on to take out Junior Champion Australian Stock Horse. In the ASH hack ring, this little two-year-old placed third from a field of 20 horses in the novice ASH hack, and finished on a good note with a first in his three and under ASH hack.

Young Brittany Hetherington on her bay gelding Silverthorn Walkout had a terrific day winning the novice hack (20 contestants) and the gelding hack. They rode off for champion and although not in the broad ribbons worked out very nicely. Brittany's day started with the junior judging in which she placed a commendable third.

Brittany taking part in the junior judging

Toby, Junior Champion ASH

Brittany on Walkout in the novice hack

Paul on Jugaby in the winning stallion working performance. (Photo: Julie Wilson)

Sydney Royal Show - April 1-3, 2010

Judges: Mr Paul Vary and M/s Anne Jeliff

The way the rain was coming down in the two days before the commencement of the show we were beginning to think that we were in for a damp time. Luckily, the weather lifted to present some lovely comfortable days. We had a heavy shower on the Saturday but this didn't last long, but still long enough to make the main arena slippery and treacherous for the working classes.

We had a great team of workers and riders with us which made for a smooth and trouble free show. It was just great to catch up with all our friends and fellow competitors at day's end each evening. Very nice too to see a lot of our friends getting their share of well-deserved ribbons. The Australian Stock Horses were out in force and each and every one of them were truly magnificent types. Prior to the show we decided that our judges certainly had their work cut out for them - and they did.

Day one, Thursday, April 1, saw Silverthorn My Girl place in her led class with a sixth out of 18 mares.

The pressure's on for these young people to "get it right" in the junior judging competiton

Day two, Friday, April 2, started with Elizabeth McKelvey taking out Reserve Champion in the ASHS State Judging Final from about 21 competitors. A great win for Liz and an encouraging start to the day. This event was judged by Mr David Wilson.

Our next class was Australian Stock Horse hack stallion or colt, to be ridden in a snaffle bit in which we saw Knights Jugaby place first and Silverthorn Shotgun with a fifth - lovely workouts by both stallions ridden by Paul and April respectively (from 16 catalogued entries). My Girl then took out a second in the ASHS Hack Stallion, Mare or Gelding n/e 15hh to be ridden in a snaffle bit (from 32 catalogued entries), which was the ride that ultimately led to her winning Reserve Champion Ridden ASH Hack - a lovely win for Liz.

It is interesting to note that My Girl's full brother, Silverthorn Danny Boy, also won Reserve Champion Ridden ASH Hack back in 2004.

Jugaby then placed second in the ASH Hack Stallion, Mare or Gelding, 15hh and over, to be ridden in a snaffle bit from 38 catalogued entries and then backed this great placing up with a first in the ASH Hack Stallion, Colt, mare, Filly or Gelding, 15hh and over to be ridden in a curb bit, in a seamless performance from 35 catalogued entries.

Elizabeth McKelvey on Silverthorn My Girl,
Reserve Champion ASH Hack, and below
a smiling Elizabeth after winning
Reserve Champion ASH State Champion Junior Judging

Extended trot that contributed to My Girl's reserve champion ASH hack

Shotgun stepping up for the stallion working event...

... and preparing to turn.

Jugaby in stallion hack (above)
and Stockmen's Turnout Class.(right)
(Photos: Julie Wilson)

April riding Shotgun in the stallion hack (Photo: Julie Wilson)

Day three, Saturday, April 3, saw Liz and Girl place a very creditable fourth from a lineup of beautifully turned out horses and riders for the James Angus Memorial Australian Stock horse Stockmen's Turnout, stallion, mare or gelding to be ridden in a snaffle bit (23 catalogued entries).

Finally, Jugaby and Shotgun both shone in the working ASH stallion, 4 years and over event with Jugaby placing first and Shotgun with a third from 11 entries. In the final line-up of placegetters it was just so great to see four Gloucester stallions lined up for the first to fourth ribbons.

Jugaby placed third in the Most Versatile Australian Stock Horse Exhibit competing at the 2010 Sydney Royal Easter Show - a lovely finish to a very successful show.

Four Gloucester stallions lined up for the first four places
and below:
A lovely win for Jugaby in the curb bit over 15hh event.

Knights Jugaby workouts:

Silverthorn Shotgun workout:

Silverthorn My Girl workout:

Sydney Royal Addendum

We were delighted when the Waikon Park Coolabah three-year-old filly, Cee Dee Bracelette, bred and owned by M/s Karen Miles, won the three-year-old filly class and went on to take out Reserve Champion Mare/Filly. Bracelette also placed in the ASH Hack under 4 years, and the ASH Hack Mare/Filly. It was lovely to see another Coolabah filly excelling at Sydney Royal Show. Our own Coolabah yearling filly, Silverthorn Isabeau, won this award two years' ago and last year won the two years and under class.

The very stylish gelding, Cee Dee Juggler (Knights Jugaby x Jindaria Ringlette), shown and own by the Emery family and bred by M/s Miles, also placed in the ASH Gelding Hack. It is interesting to note that Juggler and Bracelette are both from the wonderful producing, now retired broodmare, Jindaria Ringlette. Ringlette also produced a Sydney Royal Supreme Champion ASH with the mare Cee Dee Sonata. Another progeny of hers is Kirala Katalena by Lethal Lena, a hugely successful horse campaigned by Mr Warwick Lawrence.

Teena Bridge and Cee Dee Juggler

Cee Dee Bracelette

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