Pictures added to our report on Northern Branch ASHS Show

Judges Judy Rankin and Bruce Withers with Paul and Silverthorn Son of A Gun

See report (below) for more photos

1st December, 2010

We were delighted to host third year Sydney University veterinary science student Linda Dillenbeck for her horse stud experience with us last week. It was a hands-on, day-to-day week for Linda who proved to be great help, and we hope that we in turn were able to give her an insight into our horse-related activities.

Pictured here is Paul showing Linda how to make Easy lay down.

It's great to hear that Mick Allen from Stockinbingal, NSW has been having a terrific run with his yearling colt Silverthorn Spiderwick (St Ronan Abdul Smoke x Silverthorn Invergordon). This lovely black colt is a great representative for our stud with his many wins and championships, and thanks go to Mick for being such a great ambassador on our behalf during his travels to the many shows he attends statewide.

Paul and Mick travelled down to Melbourne for Equitana. They attended the four days of this equine spectacular from 9am in the mornings until 11pm in the evenings, and with their full itinerary experienced most of the demonstrations available. Highlights of their trip were the cutting, reining, dressage, carriage driving, and jumping which featured some of the world's best competitors and horses.

Another highlight was the programme "The Way of the Horse" which was essentially a demonstration of how three different trainers interact with their unbroken horses in just two days. There were massive crowds attending and it took a day or two for the "boys from the bush" to get accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne trains and trams. Each day they ran into so many people they knew from home and away, and also met a lot of overseas visitors who travelled to Australia just for this event. Paul was frequently stopped by people introducing themselves as readers of our website and who recognised him from pictures of him published therein. There were many trade stands in which one could purchase whatever horse related item they could possibly wish to have, and they found that if you didn't buy it when you saw it - then forget it as someone else would have snapped it up.

Equitana is a biennial event and one that should not be missed next time around.

Barsham Greer was recently sold to the Stephen Family of Seaham from our Sale Page. Greer is pictured here (right) with her new Silverthorn Shotgun foal.

22nd November, 2010

It's an annual endeavour to get all the information together for entry to Sydney Royal Show but a worthwhile one nonetheless (closing date was 17th November for our Australian Stock Horse classes). It's all online now - entries, membership to the RAS, and even the required AAR (Australasian Animal Registry) microchip registration can be completed online. Very expensive if you're not computer literate as each entry per horse costs an extra $20 if submitted by post.

Did you read in the RAS schedule that all ASH horses must present to classes in the traditiional green and gold Australian Stock Horse 'A' saddlecloth? And that any horse not wearing this saddlecloth will be refused entry to the class? Make sure you take the green and gold saddlecloth to Sydney.

We recently hosted Ben Crukshank, a year 10 student from Wee Waa High School for a week. Ben is pictured here on two-year-old filly Silverthorn Journey (Silverthorn Danni Girl x St Ronan Abdul Smoke).

Just have a look at the stride on this Jugaby youngster - he is the newly arrived Irukandji with his dam Rosebrook Mona. Mona is also the mother of Whiteash Tobin, the lovely grey gelding that we are campaigning.

Dungog AH Show - 12th October, 2010

Judge: Mr R Watchirs

Paul on Shotgun with Son of a Gun

Dungog is a large country town whose annual agricultural show has been held in Dungog for 116 years promoting and displaying horses, cattle and other livestock, produce and rural activities.

We enjoy this show with its lovely ground set in a natural amphiteatre. This year the actual working area was fairly heavy going after all the rain we've been experiencing, but fortunately firm enough for us to comfortably compete with care.

We decided to take along Shotgun, My Girl and the yearling Son of a Gun. The day started with a yearling colt class with Son of a Gun placing first; Shotgun then stepped up for his led class also placing first; and then Son of a Gun took out champion ASH stallion/colt over his sire who was reserve champion. When it came time for supreme led ASH we readied young Son who had been patiently waiting on the sidelines for all the led classes to be completed and were delighted when he received the purple supreme led ASH sash.

Shotgun had a good day in the ridden events with firsts in both his hack and working classes. My Girl placed third in a large mare hack class, second in an even larger mare working class, and with Brittany Hetherington placed third in the ASH youth hack.

Northern Branch ASHS Show held at AELEC, Tamworth - 30-31st October, 2010

Judges: Judy Rankin, Bruce Withers, Tracy Heinrich, Rob Battle, and Robert Watchirs.

We travelled over to Tamworth with four horses on Friday for a 7.30am start on the next day. We had Shotgun for the senior classes; Son of a Gun for the led yearling colt and led yearling futurity; the colt Easy Acres and filly Journey for the led two year old classes and the two year old futurity. As always we found AELEC to be a wonderful venue with our stables ready for our arrival and our campsite conveniently nearby.

On parking our vehicle we found ourselves alongside three famillies with Silverthorn horses there for the weekend. Brittney and her Dad Miles Hetherington with their gelding Walkout; the Fangmeir family with the young geldings Lucky Strike and Wills; and the Strelitz family with their mare Elliiette. We all had a fantastic show and it was very satisfying to watch all these horses so well presented, going around so well and ultimately very successful. It was nice to sit back and relax for a while and catch up with all these lovely people at the end of each day.

Brittney and Walkout took out Champion Station Horse; young Jade Fangmeir on Wills ultimately was Champion Junior Rider and Champion Junior Hack; and Gavin Strelitz on Elliette won the campdraft and placed third in his working mare class - congratulations to you all.

For ourselves, Shotgun took out the Tony Sherrin Memorial High Point Horse of the Show (Jugaby won this award last year) after winning and placing in all his events, including a Reserve Champion in the Led Stallion. Son of a Gun placed second in the yearling led colt class and then won the Led Yearling Futurity from a huge line-up of quality colts, fillies and geldings under two judges. Easy Acres and Journey placed second in their led two year old classes, and Easy ended up placing fifth in the strongly contested Two Year Old Futurity under the two judges.

It was really nice to see Karen Miles' Waikon Park Coolabah mare, Cee Dee Bracelette, continue in her great run of sucesses this season with Champion Led Mare and Reserve Champion Hack.

Jade Fangmeir on Silverthorn Wills

Silverthorn Shotgun - High Point Horse of the Show

Gavin Strelitz on Silverthorn Elliette

Brittany Hetherinton on Silverthorn Walkout

Judges Judy Rankin and Bruce Withers with Paul and Silverthorn Son of A Gun

3rd October, 2010 - Gloucester Branch ASHS Show

Judges Mr Wayne Smith and M/s Narelle Toole

Gloucester Branch ASHS are to be commended for successfully organising two shows in one month. The first was the ASHS National Youth Show and then hard on its heels the Gloucester Branch ASHS Show. For the branch show the ground had fully recovered after the quagmire conditions experienced at the Youth Show, and the day was warm and sunny - ideal for showing.

The first class for us was the Breeders Group of Two, and Shotgun and the flashy yearling colt "Silverthorn Son of a Gun" made quite an impact. They placed first out of five groups and created a huge amount of interest with their almost identical looks and markings. We were very pleased with Son's manners on this his first outing and trip away from home.

Son of a Gun then won his yearling colt class and ultimately Champion Yearling; Shotgun won his led stallion 15hh and under; and Silverthorn Easy Acres placed second in his Colt two & three years and then went on to be Reserve Champion Junior.

In the ridden events, Shotgun won the stallion hack under 15hh and went on to be Champion Hack; and placed second in the stallion working under 15hh.

Paul with Shotgun and Son of a Gun

Paul on Silverthorn Easy Acres

Shotgun, Champion Hack

19th October, 2010

We were absolutely delighted when Ray Reynolds, breeder of Waikon Park Coolabah (Ray also bred Coolabah's dam), purchased the lovely filly Silverthorn Quentin (Silverthorn Madalyn by Waikon Park Coolabah).

Pictured here is Ray and Paul with Quentin.

7th October, 2010

September/October have been very busy months for us. Our foals have steadily been arriving; our stallions commencing their stud duties with our own and visiting mares; the first of the season's shows; school holidays, Zone Pony Club Camp, and the ASH National Youth Show here in Gloucester.

Foals already on the ground are by Silverthorn Shotgun, St Ronan Abdul Smoke, and Crillee Amarillo Oak. We are expecting more by these stallions as well as some by Knights Jugaby. We gave Shotgun a big percentage of our mares last season and have been rewarded with some top quality fillies - no colts to date - but the laws of averages tell us that we should be expecting a change of gender any time soon. Smoke's foals are par for the course with his usual input of exquisite heads, big legs and great bodies; and Amarillo Oak's youngster is top shelf. Pictures of these new foals can be seen on our Youngsters' page.

To date we've had news from four of last season's visiting mares, owners Peter Taubman, Louise Jenkins, Chantelle Layton and Lana Kedzlie are all delighted with their Smoke foals.

Not a lot happening on the show scene for us. We attended Quirindi Show where Silverthorn My Girl placed second in led ANSA mare, first and reserve champion with April Spriggs in her ridden events, and a third in her led ASH mare. Silverthorn Easy Acres was taken for a look about and was placed second in his led ASH class. We did a trip over to Singleton for the AH&P Show where Whiteash Tobin placed second in a large gelding class, and My Girl and Shotgun, although performing well didn't place on the day. We went back to Singleton the following week for the Eastern Branch Championships where Toby placed third in his gelding class and our yearling filly Silverthorn Quentin took out a third in a very classy line-up of about nine fillies that the placings could have gone any way. As ever, you never know how a youngster is going to behave or react to their first outing but we couldn't have been more pleased with Quentin's calm and poise on the day. Brittany Hetherington rode her gelding Silverthorn Walkout for a first in her dressage event and Silverthorn My Girl for a fifth in the dressage and a third in the mare hack 15hh and under- well done Britt.

Paul on Whiteash Tobin in the three year old snaffle bit event.

We've had feed back from owners of two Silverthorn horses, Seeker and Isabeau (both by Waikon Park Coolabah) recently, of great led ASH champion wins. Congratulations to both Joe Lawrence of Barmedman, NSW, and Heather and Andrew Torney of Portland, Victoria.

School holidays have seen many young people come and spend some time with us. We really enjoy having them here and the work seems to get done in no time. Thanks must go to them all for giving us such a big hand during this our most busy time of the year. Tahnee Smyth from Lemon Tree Passage, Brittany Hetherington from Wakefield, Maddy Barnes from Jerry's Plains, and Joe Lawrence from Barmedman. We've been getting a lot of horses ridden whilst these keen young riders are being coached and encouraged in their riding skills.

Tahnee on Toby and Brittney on My Girl doing some flatwork.

Cattle mustering is fairly close to the top of list of favourite things to do with our young guests. Riding through the river crossings and into the beautiful picturesque mountains that surround us is always a treat. Our team capably brought in the cattle to be yarded and handled and then took them back to their designated paddocks when the job was done.

Both Paul and Julie instructed the Zone Pony Club Camp held at Gloucester where 77 children attended. Julie did sessions on Preparation and Presentation and Paul's sessions involved horsemanship. We took a couple of educated horses along with us on which Paul and Brittany (who is with us during the school holidays) used to demonstrate the lessons. Brittany also spoke to the youngsters about what they could expect after pony club years - amazing how they respond to someone their own age.

Paul judged the Station Horse and Time Trial events at the ASHS National Youth Show held at Gloucester this week. On a ground that was slick with mud everyone coped very well under the circumstances. Mick Allen, our friend from Stockinbingal, pencilled for Paul, while Brittany organised the riders prior to their workouts, and Joe made sure the obstacles were righted after being knocked down as well keeping the results flowing to the scorers tent. A great team effort that kept these two rings over two days, flowing like clockwork.

Pictured here are Maddy on Dove, Joe on Toby and Brittany on Girl.

Brittany doing a great job with riders prior to presentation to the judge, and
Paul judging the Station Horse event with Mick Allen pencilling

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