Stroud Show, 29th April, 2011

Just as we were approaching the town of Stroud we noticed some rain and the skies were dark and ominous. Hope we had our raincoats packed! But just as we passed the entrance gates of the showground the sun came out and stayed out most of the day. There were a couple of light showers during the day but not enough to dampen our spirits.

Stroud Showground is such a beautiful venue - it's always a pleasure to compete there and enjoy the facilities. If we had have had more time we would have gone across the the dog ring where there appeared to be a huge dog show going on.

We had on board three of our youngsters - Whiteash Tobin, the grey three-year-old gelding; Barsham Cattle Queen, the chestnut three-year-old filly; and the black/brown filly Silverthorn Journey making her two-year-old debut.

Paul on Silverthorn Journey

We were delighted with all three of our team, especially Queenie and Journey, who are new to the show circuit and who conducted themselves with calm confidence. They had a practice run for their led event as they were two of the horses to take part in the Junior Judging competition in which our Brittany Hetherington placed second. We know that a lot of young people can't grasp the importance of junior judging, but we like to encourage them to have a go as it is a great event to get the feel of the mechanics of judging as well as the discipline of presentation and behaving correctly in the show ring.

Under judge Mrs Melissa Copelin, events started with Journey and Queenie placing second and third respectively in their led filly 2 and 3 years; Toby followed with a second in his led gelding 2 and 3 years class. Journey was lucky enough to follow through with reserve champion led ASH junior horse.

Toby had a good day under saddle with Brittany taking second place in the ASHLA junior rider; firsts in the junior hack rider 13-18 years, ASH hack 3 years and under, and ASH hack gelding snaffle bit. He had fourths in the ASH hack ridden in a curb bit and the working junior horse 3yrs and under.

Brittany on Whiteash Tobin

Queenie's day under saddle saw her place second in the ASH hack novice; second in the ASH hack 3 years and under; and third in the working junior horse 3 years and under. This filly is coming along really well and her results were very pleasing.

Joe on Barsham Cattle Queen

Journey (Silverthorn Danni Girl x St Ronan Abdul Smoke) a lovely black filly who so resembles Silverthorn My Girl (My Girl is full sister to Danni Girl) conducted herself well and we were delighted with her under-saddle performance with a first in the ASH hack novice, a fourth in the novice working horse any age, and a second in the working junior horse 3yrs and under.

April 23, 2011

No sooner are we home from Sydney Royal Show that we find ourselves preparing for the Australian Stock Horse National Show at Tamworth to be held next month. We plan on taking just youngsters to the Nationals - three futurity horses (three-year-olds), a yearling, and two two-year-olds. With the exception of the yearling and one of the three-year-olds, this is a diferent show team that we are going to campaign than we took to Sydney - an interesting time ahead.

We have just added four very nice broodmares to our sale page. They are all in foal, three to Shotgun, and one to our Acres Destiny colt, Silverthorn Easy Acres. Shotgun is producing some lovely stock and we feel that the foals that these mares are carrying will be exceptional types.

Paul spent two days coaching at the Youth Clinic held by Eastern Branch ASHS at Gresford earlier this month. He found the youngsters to be keen and ready to please. He enjoyed watching their positive response and concentrated efforts to improve on their horsemanship skills.

For those of you reading this page who have foals by St Ronan Abdul Smoke we advise that his progeny are now eligible for ANSA registration as well as ASHS registration. This goes for youngstock by Smoke on our sale page.

Sadly, we had to have Elle Astra (Wynastra x Nebo Park Chime) one of our greatest producing mares down recently. Mardi was 21 years old and produced 15 wonderful foals (11 of these were fillies) for us. Mares from her and retained by us have proven to be wonderful performance mares to later produce exceptional stock. She was given to us as a crippled yearling with a rotated pedal bone on the near fore foot. By corrective shoeing we managed to get her sound enough to become a broodmare at an early age and it didn't matter what stallion she was put to - she always produced a quality foal. All her life we struggled to keep her comfortable by either trimming, using a special boot, and even one year had a prosthetic hoof made up for her. We decided not to breed her last season so that she could finally be put at rest once her 2010 foal was ready to wean.

Sydney Royal Show - April 14-16th, 2001

Our team

ASH classes were well attended

April on Shotgun

From right, father and son, Jugaby and Toby, selected off the ring

To get five horses and the five of us to Olympic Park, Homebush Bay for this most prestigious Sydney Royal Show, was certainly a marathon and akin to a military operation. Needless to say, we arrived there and settled in two days before the first events began giving ourselves plenty of time to ride and prepare our team. Fortunately the days leading up to the show stayed fine and with the nights getting cooler, it was generally very comfortable weatherwise. That is, until Friday night when the rain came down in torrents and wasn't going to let up for Saturday's events.

What a shame - after everyone was up until the lights went out polishing their gear to the enth degree for the ASHLA and Stockman's Turnout classes to be confronted with intermittant heavy rain and the main arena covered by a sheet of water. Fortunately, commonsense prevailed when organisers announced that the day's classes would be held in the marshalling yard. It turned out alright though and the deep sand surface was very safe for the quick turns of speed and agility required for these and the working classes.

Since we entered in October last year, the timetable had been altered, bringing forward the open campdraft in the Schmidt Arena by 2.1/2 hours thereby overlapping our led stallion/colt events. Three of our horses were entered in the campdraft - My Girl, Jugaby and Shotgun. It all seemed an impossible juggling act - to get two stallions and a yearling colt prepared for their led events which were to be held 50 minutes after the draft commenced. It was mainly the stallion owners being affected and after some discussions with owners, stewards and the ring master we came to a tenuous agreement to try to stretch out the draft and to wait on the stallions to run last. On behalf of all the ASH stallion owners, our sincere thanks must go to Les Walsh who tirelssly liaised with the organisers and owners to come to a reasonable outcome.

Judged by Mr Ken Turner, we had a very successful show with all our horses coming home with ribbons. Classes were huge, many of which saw three cuts before the final six were selected for workout. To be called in was a feat on its own.

Brittany with Toby placing second in 15hh and over hack class

Our results are as follows:

  • Silverthorn Shotgun:
    1st in senior rider station horse; 4th in led stallion; 3rd in working stallion; 7th in 15hh and under ridden in a curb bit.

  • Knights Jugaby:
    5th in led stallion; 2nd in working stallion; 6th in stockman's turnout; 6th in 15hh and over hack (46 entries in this class); 5th in hack in a snaffle bit; and 6th in the senior rider station horse; and 6th overall in the pointscore for the RM Williams trophy saddle.
  • Silverthorn Son of a Gun:
    3rd in colt 2 years and under.

  • Silverthorn My Girl:
    3rd in a line-up of 19 mares in the led mare 15hh and under; 4th in the hack 15hh and under; 3rd in mare/filly in a snaffle bit;

  • Whiteash Tobin and Brittany Hetherington had a good run after Paul took him out to win 2nd place in the led three year old gelding class picking up a second in the 15hh and over hack; a fourth in the 15hh and over in a curb bit and a fifth in the hack gelding ridden in a snaffle bit.

  • Paul on Shotgun and April on Jugaby before the Stockman's Turnout class

    Gloucester AH&P Show - April 8-9, 2011

    ASH Youth rider class - Joe receives second place on My Girl

    Brittany on Toby

    Gloucester is our local show and one that we always enjoy and support. We had three horses with us on day one - Silverthorn My Girl, Whiteash Tobin, and the three-year-old untried chestnut filly Barsham Cattle Queen (JR Cattlehand x Barsham Prodigal Lass). On day two we had My Girl, Tobin and the stallion Silverthorn Shotgun.

    Over two days of showing, the first day in the stock horse ring under judge Mr Monte Newton, and then the second day for ANSA, Galloway, and Hack classes, we had quite a good show.

    We decided to bring along Cattle Queeen, the chestnut filly who is featured on our sale page, for her first outing and she proved to be a good team member and a delight to have with us. It's always nice to introduce a young horse to the team and to test the waters anew with an individual who is suddenly confronted with all sorts of new sights and sounds that go with a day of competition and away from the comfort of home. Although not in the ribbons, Queenie handled the experience well and we plan to continue to campaign her on our show team.

    My Girl performed well with a first in her led ASH mare class and reserve champion ASH mare/filly; Joe rode her for a second in the ASH youth rider class.

    Shotgun and April did well in the galloway classes with seconds in lady rider and open show hunter galloway hack and then taking out reserve champions in both lady rider and galloway hack.

    Our grey gelding, Whiteash Tobin, continues to please by winning Champion led ASH gelding and then the three and under ASH hack class with Brittany. On day two Brittany again rode him for a second in the ANSA ridden, and firsts in lady rider 17-21 years, and open novice lightweight hack. With his eye catching movement and looks Toby is recipient of many positive comments from the sidelines.

    Toby wins the ASH three and under hack class

    Silverthorn My Girl being warmed up by Joe before competition

    Barsham Cattle Queen on her first day out

    Toby Whiteash Tobin, champion ASH gelding

    Wingham Show, Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

    Joe on My Girl in the Youth Rider class

    Julie, April and Joe had an early start with Silverthorn My Girl and Silverthorn Seeker on board, to arrive just as dawn was breaking over the Wingham Showground. We'd read on the programme that our stock horse classes were to be held in the rodeo arena and realised why when we reached our destination to see that half the showground was taken up by the show jumping course that restricted the ring area. Unphased we saddled up and worked the horses in a tiny area that became smaller and smaller as more competitors arrived and found a place to park their vehicles.

    During the week Wingham had received heavy rain which caused wet and boggy conditions. We had classes for My Girl in ANSA and galloway rings in the main arena that wasn't too bad but we did see quite a few horses struggling to cope with the heavy going. In the ANSA ring under judge Sarah Stafford, we missed the led section but Girl placed second in ridden class and was then sashed reserve champion ridden ANSA. Over to the galloway ring now and under judge Sue Stafford Girl placed second in the led mare, following up with reserve champion led galloway. In the ridden galloway classes April rode Girl for four firsts.

    Now down to the rodeo arena that didn't look all that inviting with its puddles and sandy slush. After a while everyone gave up worrying about the mud and got down to the business of showing our stock horses. In fact, when it came to the working classes, we found the surface to be very safe as opposed to the rings on the main arena.

    April on My Girl in her Galloway class

    As always, judge Greg Ainsworth of Comboyne, set really good patterns for the ridden events, that were varied and interesting.

    My Girl placed first in her led class as did Seeker. Joe then took Seeker in the junior handler class in which he placed third. Girl had successful day in both the senior and junior events with Joe placing first in hack ridden by rider under 18 years, seconds in junior working, and open working mare. April won open ASH hack and then took out champion ASH hack. When it came to the final event on the programme, supreme ridden stock horse, Girl, ridden by Joe, was awarded the title and sashed with a colourful floral garland.

    April and Joe with My Girl, champion ASH hack (left and right) Joe and April with My Girl, supreme ridden stock horse

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