July 25th, 2011

This filly has just been weaned and brought in for show/sale preparation. It's always interesting to watch our youngsters' pictorial progress from the beginning and we know from past news updates that people enjoy the transformation from paddock condition to the finished and ready to show yearling. This one we have named Silverthorn Sunsation - she is by our very popular stalliion Silverthorn Shotgun and from the very good producing mare, Barsham Sunaround.

A lot of you younger readers would never have heard of the following rhyme that most old horsemen know off by heart.

Unless we put this down for you to read and remember, then perhaps the old rhyme could be lost When buying horses today, the words in the rhyme are hardly ever contemplated, but in days gone by they were a major consideraton..

One white foot, buy him.
Two white feet, try him.
Three white feet, be on the sly.
Four white feet, pass him by.

In reality, a horse's color or markings does not determine its temperament or ability. However, we do believe that black feet tend to be harder than light feet. Some people may have a preference, but to many it doesn't matter, as good horses come in any and every color.

July 16th, 2011

We recently heard from Heather and Andrew Torney in Victoria with news that they had a great time at Barastoc with their lovely mare Silverthorn Isabeau (Waikon Park Coolabah x Elle Astra). Coolabah has certainly left his mark with the success his progeny is now enjoying.

School holidays always create lot of activity here with young friends either wishing to spend a few days with us or just come along for a day of coaching. These holidays have been no exception and we've been kept very busy - and entertained - by these keen young people filling our days and home to full capacity.

The breaking-in and training component of our everyday routine is keeping Paul and Joe fully occupied. To see the transition from unbroken to broken-in and going finished horses is very satisfying and makes the job at hand and the end results so very worthwhile.

With the show season just around the corner we are starting to think about bringing in a couple of weanlings to add to the team for show and/or sale preparation. Such a hard task this year since we had such a beautiful crop of foals in 2010 to choose from.

Our broodmares are looming large and we are looking forward to foals by stallions Shotgun, Crillee Amarillo Oak, Smoke and our youngest sire, Easy Acres. These will be Easy's first foals and it's an exciting wait to see what he's going to produce for us. We put him over mainly taller black mares and we are feeling very confident that we are going to be very pleased with the results of these matings.

Glowalman Junior Rodeo Championships Report July 15th, 2011

Joe on My Girl at the Glowalman Gloucester campdraft event

Over the past five days Paul, Joe and Brittany have been travelling to the Glowalman Junior Rodeo Championships.

Glowalman was first held 28 years ago and has grown to be an enormous drawcard to young cowboys and cowgirls across the State. Held at three different venues - Gloucester, Wingham and Wallamba (Nabiac) - thus deriving the name GLOWALMAN from the three towns. The 2011 Glowalman Junior Rodeo series once again saw the successful youth exchange programme up and running. For the past eight years two juniors from Western Australia attend the Glowalman series and in return two competitors from NSW travel to WA as part of a return visit.

Last year, two young competitors headed to WA in November for three weeks to compete in a series of campdraft events. Two exchange programme participants from the west attended this year’s Glowalman and during the three events at Gloucester, Wingham and Nabiac, two competitors will be chosen to travel to Western Australia later this year.

We're not sure how many were attending this year, but in the past there have been up to 500 participants. From what we saw, there were certainly hundreds of competitors. On the programme there are campdrafts, stock rider classes, sporting events, and rodeo, just to name a few. Prizes on offer are certainly great incentives with thousands of dollars in prize-money, three saddles, belt buckles, horse feed, and other choice items.

At Wingham Joe was lucky enough to place in his stock rider class on Silverthorn My Girl and in the campdraft placed on both My Girl and his own gelding Silverthorn Seeker.

Brittany on My Girl in the under 17 years stock rider class

Brittany on Journey turning back cattle at the Glowalman Gloucester campdraft

Final cut line-up from 25 competitors in the stock rider class under 17 years. Brittany on My Girl at far left - placing fourth

Clinic Report July 9th & 10th, 2011

We were lucky to have two beautiful warm sunny days during our horsemanship training weekend on the 9th and 10th of July. The nights were freezing and the frost was still on the ground in places until morning tea time. Our hardy participants were not daunted in the least by the cold mornings and evenings taking refuge around the welcoming camp fires and the very popular patio heater. We had a lovely friendly group of people attending, some of whom had been here before, and some new to our clinics, all of whom were eager to take on board new skills and ideas.

Between Gary LeBrocq, our cutting horse trainer, and Paul with the horsemanship side of things we were were able to keep everyone actively participating just about all the time. This week we have received many complimentary messages from attendees with regard to the weekend and with particular reference to the polite helpful attention our young assistants April, Brittany and Joe accorded our visitors - we are very proud to have them with us. Thank you everyone for your kind comments.

Leanne Haywood of Electrified Cutting Horses brought along her newly imported blue roan colt "Ima Smooth Blue Cat." Gary LeBrocq is preparing this colt for cutting events and we felt privileged to see this exceptional colt first hand and watch his smooth working style.

Some of our young sale horses were loaned to people requiring mounts and without exception willingly gave their riders pleasant and rewarding rides. It certainly is satisfying to watch the successful fruition of all the work that has gone into their breeding and training. Shotgun, Toby and My Girl were all used to help people get their flying changes - much easier on obliging, educated horses.

Melita Marshall, new owner of Barsham Cattle Queen with Rebecca Maurer.

Paul and Brittany with Alice McNamara on Shotgun

Stephan Bates getting some fine tuning with Paul and
April on Georgia Moran's mare

June 24, 2011

Eight inches of rain came down the week prior to our scheduled horsemanship clinic on 18th and 19th of June so we postponed the weekend to 9th and 10th of July. Fortunately we have been having some sunny days and conditions are good again and we're looking forward to a great weekend. If you would like to come along, please contact us to secure a place.

Paul will be having horsemanship clinics on 5th, 6th and 7th of August at Temora Showgrounds, Temora. Friday the 5th of August will be dedicated to a junior horsemanship day for young riders; and Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7th of August will cater for all levels of riders. Please contact Jenita Lawrence by emailing jenita@activ8.net.au for further details.

Congratulations to Glenn Brissett who has purchased the filly Barsham Cattle Echo featured on our sale page. Our very best wishes are extended to Glenn and family with this choice young mare.

Pictures here show sold horses with their new owners:

Kayla Sisley on Silverthorn St Ronan

Selina and Andrew Nixon with Silverthorn Son of a Gun

Check out our sale page - we have three beautiful youngsters by St Ronan Abdul Smoke ready to go. All are eligible for ANSA registration and are top show quality prospects. Also newly listed three-year-old filly, Silverthorn Musical Sally.

Some Additional Sydney Royal Photos

Knights Jugaby with April Spriggs in the Time Trial event

Paul on Shotgun in the Time Trial

Senior Rider Station Horse - Shotgun 1st, Jugaby 4th

Silverthorn Shotgun, 4th in led stallion

Yearling Silverthorn Son of a Gun in the colt 2 years and under class

Joe Lawrence riding Silverthorn My Girl in the youth time trial

Brittany Hetherington on Whiteash Tobin after placing second in the 15hh and over ASH hack.

June 3, 2011

You'd think we'd be able to take a rest now that the show season is over until spring, but no, we're flat out on the farm with pasture preparation and seeding, cattlework, and of course, our horse work which pretty well takes up the rest of our autumn/winter days from daylight to dark.

We attended a week of competition at the ASHS National Show at Tamworth last month and after seven cold days and nights of camping in the truck, our crew were very pleased to come home. We took five young horses over - yearling Silverthorn Son of a Gun; two-year-olds Silverthorn Easy Acres and Silverthorn Journey; and three-year-old geldings Whiteash Tobin and Silverthorn Seeker. Toby won Champion Led Youngstock Gelding, and he and the others placed most events in which they were entered. We saw many beautiful stock horses and the competition was really strong. The sale during the show proved to be a great success with some really good sales going through. AELEC at Tamworth is a wonderful venue, and the Stock Horse Society did a great job in organising such a big show but on top of Sydney Royal Show and with entries for Brisbane Royal Show, costs really start to take a toll on the budget.

Whiteash Tobin, ASHS National Show - Champion Led Youngstock Gelding

Paul and Joe are in the saddle most of their days preparing our young going horses for sale as well as outside horses in for either training or breaking-in. With Paul's Australian Stock Horse Coaching accreditation, we've seen an increase in people coming here for coaching and it's always very satisfying to watch our pupils coming along in leaps and bounds with their horsemanship skills.

Several of our horses have been sold over the past few weeks and our congratulations and good wishes are extended to their new owners for their choices, these are:

BARSHAM SUNRISING, broodmare in foal to SILVERTHORN SHOTGUN - sold to the Snowdon Family at Stroud, NSW

BARSHAM CATTLE QUEEN, three-year-old chestnut filly - sold to Melita Marshall from Murrumbateman, NSW

SILVERTHORN WALKOUT - performed bay gelding sold on behalf of Brittany Hetherington - sold to the Sillar Family at Armidale, NSW.

SILVERTHORN SON OF A GUN - yearling colt - sold to Selina and Andrew Nixon of Raglan, NSW.

We have some lovely geldings and fillies that are being prepared for sale, and since so many people attending our clinic have expressed interest in them, these young horses will be paraded and worked sometime over the weekend for inspection. We will be adding videos of some of these horses to our sale page shortly.

Julie and friend Glenda Lovell travelled to Morongla Foal and Youngstock Show where they enjoyed a day of judging some beautiful young horses and ponies - and donkeys too. Whilst down there they visited Montcalm Stock Horse and Amaranda Pony Studs at Peter Taubman's magnificent property "Montcalm" located at Cudal where they spent a full day and a half with Peter looking over his lovely Australian and Welsh ponies as well as his beautiful black stock horse mares and fillies.

Montcalm Stud's broodmares

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