September 25, 2011 - Singleton Show

Joe on Toby in his novice working class

Early Sunday morning saw us heading over to Singleton Show through light rain. It was obvious that the countryside we were passing through had received torrential rain during the night with creeks and roadside verges running hard and fast with a great deal of excess water. We found ourselves asking the question as to how the day would unfold weatherwise? On arrival we found that the ground was good going and not too wet but the rain seemed to be setting in and the great crashes of thunder didn't seem to inspire our hopes for a fine day. Fortunately, after a bit of a drenching, the rain held off and our day ended up pretty nice.

Our young horses didn't disappoint us with placings in most classes entered. Joe rode Marina for a second in the novice hack under 15hh, and then Citation for a second in the novice hack over 15hh. Brittany rode Toby for a second out of 14 entries, in the hack over 15hh, ultimately resulting in being sashed reserve champion ASH hack. Paul scored a third on Journey in the novice working stock horse under 15hh; then Brittany placed equal second in the Juvenile rider 13 years and under 18 years riding Journey - Joe was equal second to Brittany in this class on Marina.

April's gelding Silverthorn News Flash certainly sent out a "news flash" to the more seasoned horses and riders by winning novice hack under 15hh, hack not exceeding 15hh and novice working stock horse under 15hh - a great result for April and her great little gelding Flash.

Joe on Citation in his novice hack class

Brittany rode Toby for reserve champion ASH hack

April with Flash in his novice working class

April on Flash placing first in hack not exceeding 15hh

28th September, 2011

On July 25th we showed a picture of Silverthorn Sunsation, a yearling filly just brought in for show/sale preparation. Have a look at her now and compare the difference two months can make. We are going to continue updating her progress - she will be making her show debut in a fortnight and perhaps we'll get a nice shot of her then. This is another Shotgun progeny from Barsham Sunaround.

Two more beautiful filly foals have arrived - a stylish chestnut filly from Silverthorn Madalyn by Crillee Amarillo Oak - have a look on our youngsters' page for the photo; and a sweet bay/brown filly this morning from Barsham Sunlast by Silverthorn Shotgun. There are several mares very close to foaling that we are watching closely for the arrival of their foals.

Horsemanship Clinic - 17-18th September, 2011

Indoor session with Paul.

April demonstrating liberty work with Flash

It was all hands on deck when we opened our gates for the arrival of our horsemanship clinic participants. Many people arrived Friday evening to settle in to be nice and fresh first thing Saturday morning and others with not so far to travel started rolling in as the sun was coming up over the mountains that surround our little valley.

We had a terrific weekend, everyone had a good time and mixed well during the course of the weekend. The weather stayed fine, and tended to get rather warm, but not enough to deter our eager-to-learn riders. Meal times were special when we all sat down together swapping experiences and sharing a few jokes and yarns.

Ainsley McGrath from Temora riding 3-year-old gelding Citation

Paul and Joe had seven of our own horses ready for riders requiring mounts - three of these were our three-year-olds in training, who impressed all with their obliging kind going and good manners. Riders were encouraged to ride our educated horses for the experience of seeing what they are striving for in the schooling of their own horses.

Saturday started with Paul giving a ground education demonstration, and later on showing how he starts our youngsters. April then brought out her three-year-old gelding Silverthorn News Flash and displayed the progress she has been making in the liberty work she has been working on with him - always a crowd pleaser!

Kylie Blanch outside cattle pen looking on

Groups were divided between EA Coach Carolyn Murphy and Paul ensuring that everyone was kept fully occupied. Brittany assisted Paul with his riders and was able to help enforce techniques being learned. Joe had his work cut out for him ensuring that everyone was suitably mounted and looked after at all times as well as making sure that the horses were watered and rested throughout the day.

Sunday saw another element in equine disciplines being demonstrated, when cattle were brought in for accomplished campdrafter Kylie Blanch to give assistance and advice to riders wishing to work the cattle.

Riders watching on

Due to popular demand we are going to run another clinic on 29th and 30th October. Bookings now being taken.

September 10-11, 2011 - Horsemanship Clinic at Wiseman's Ferry

Paul and Brittany travelled south to Wiseman's Ferry on the picturesque Hawkesbury River. They came home full of praise for the wonderful weekend that was had at Paul's horsemanship clinic organised by a group of very keen horsemen and women.

Held on a private historic property with a lovingly restored old sandstone home established in 1830, and featuring a carefully planned and set-out, working farm.

Our hosts generously opened their home to all and our most heartfelt thanks is due to them for their hospitality as well as access to a safe and beautiful environment that was a perfect setting for our clinic.

Our participants enthusiastically embraced new ideas and techniques as can be seen in the following pictures.

We received the following feedback from Eloise Sara, who did an amazing job organising the weekend, and our thanks also go to her for a job well done.

Brittany on Silverthorn My Girl

"What a fantastic weekend! everyone got so much out of the experience learning from Paul and his helper Brittany. One thing that really stood out for everyone was the opportunity to ride some of the Silverthorn horses. It just accelerated what we were being taught so much more and allowed us to apply it to our own horses.

We were very lucky to have the use of a private property in Wisemans Ferry which accommodated everyone and their horses perfectly on the stunning grounds. We were also blessed with beautiful weather the entire weekend after a not so nice rainy Friday.

Day one was filled with different flat work and ended up with most people swapping horses for different experiences. After a big BBQ the night before, day two started with some lessons on roll backs in the morning, followed by cattle work in the afternoon which everyone enjoyed and had a crack at.

Paul and Brittany were great company and with a lovely bunch of people over the weekend, a lot of laughs and stories were shared.

We can't wait to organise another one and to come up and visit sometime soon. I think we will be talking about this weekend for a long time!"

Gloucester Branch of ASHS Led and Performance Show - 3rd September, 2011

Margaret Ball, Judges Jess McLeod and Ellen Newberry, presenting trophy rug to Paul with Supreme Led Knights Jugaby

Our branch show was held much earlier than usual causing us to step up our efforts to have our horses prepared weeks before we usually step into the spring show circuit. Although not as polished as we would have liked, we turned up with seven horses, three of whom were three-year-old youngsters by the late St Ronan Abdul Smoke.

On board were Knights Jugaby, Silverthorn My Girl, Whiteash Tobin and Joe Lawrence's Silverthorn Seeker. Our three-year-olds were Silverthorn Citation, Silverthorn Journey, and April Spriggs' Silverthorn News Flash. Elizabeth Northwood joined us with her three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Gideon, also by Smoke.

The day started well with Brittany Hetherington taking part in both the junior judging and youth handler classes, placing second in both - a great effort considering the classes were so well attended.

The only horses to go in the led classes were Knights Jugaby who was ultimately Supreme Champion Led of the show; Whiteash Tobin placing third; and April's gelding Silverthorn News Flash also placing third.

The rest of our day was concentrated on the ridden events which went very well with all the horses having good wins and placings.

Elizabeth at pace on Silverthorn Gideon in the 3yr old snaffle bit

Riding Jugaby April took out first place in the senior ASHLA; Paul then rode him for a first in his stallion hack and stallion working classes, and later taking out reserve champion working.

My Girl placed first in her mare hack and fourth in mare working. She was ultimately Champion Hack.

Brittany rode Toby for a fifth in her junior hack 13-18 yrs, and a fourth in his gelding hack. Journey placed third in the maiden hack, fifth in her mare hack, and fourth in the 3yr old snaffle bit, April's gelding News Flash did well with a first in his gelding hack, and a fifth in both maiden and the 3yr old snaffle bit events. Joe Lawrence's gelding Seeker placed third in his gelding hack, and took out first place in his gelding working class. On his first day out Citation took the whole scene in his stride, and placed third in the 3yr old snaffle bit class and just missed out on placing in many of his events.

Elizabeth's gelding Gideon, worked solidly all day and didn't miss a beat resulting in first in his dressage test and 3yr old snaffle bit and fifth in his gelding hack and working events.

Our thanks go to sponsors for their generous support of the show.

April with Jugaby after being awarded Champion Stallion

Brittany, third from left, in the youth handler class

Gelding working, Joe placing first on Seeker, with Elizabeth on Gideon in fourth place

Mare hack line-up, Girl placing first with Journey down the line in fifth place

Citation taking the day in his stride

Paul on My Girl, Champion Hack

Silverthorn Journey in her mare hack

Elizabeth did an outstanding dressage test on Gideon - placing first

Four placings in the 3year old snaffle bit event - Elizabeth on Gideon, Joe on Citation, Paul on Journey and April on News Flash

A lovely ASHLA win for April on Jugaby

A very pleased April on News Flash placing first with Joe on Seeker coming in third

29th August, 2011

It was still daylight when we arrived home from the hack show at Salt Ash and we found that things had been happening at home in our absence with the arrival of a beautiful brown filly foal by Shotgun, presented to us by Barsham Prodigal Lass, dam of the very well performed gelding Silverthorn Son of a Gun. This is the first of our foals for the season and and outstanding one that augurs well for the ones to follow. Every year this is an exciting time with these new arrivals who fulfill our hopes and dreams of the future.

Gloucester Branch ASHS Show is coming up this weekend; followed by our private horsemanship clinic in Sydney on the weekend of 10th and 11th of September; and the weekend after that, on 17th and 18th of September, we have a horsemanship clinic here with Carolyn Murphy, EA Coach, and Paul.

Thank you everyone who have contacted us since our Temora clinic with your kind comments and postive feedback. We came home feeling privileged to have met the very hospitable people from Temora and look forward to returning at another date in the not too distant future.

We have several youngsters currently being broken-in with quite a few others ready to come in for breaking-in. Much of our time at present is being spent breaking-in and training outside horses as well as preparing our show team for the upcoming spring shows. With the onset of the breeding season, outside mares have started to arrive and these, together with our own mares are another facet of our busy operation.

Great to hear from new owners of our recently sold horses, Silverthorn Ronan, Silverthorn Lookout, and Barsham Cattle Queen - we look forward to seeing you all out and about this season.

Elizabeth Northwood (nee McKelvey), had a successful show with her three-year-old bay St Ronan Abdul Smoke gelding Gideon at Penrith Show last weekend. In the ASH ring under judge Tom Skinner, Gideon placed fourth in the three years and under gelding led, first in both the three years and under hack and novice hack, and fourths in the gelding hack and novice working. A great result, and justly deserved to Elizabeth whose dedication is rewarded with such a great going and promising young gelding.

Hunter Valley Spring Show - Salt Ash Sportsground - 28th August, 2011

Brittany on Silverthorn Journey

Hunter Valley Arabians Inc run a very well organised spring show catering for most breeds, and although there were a lot of led classes, the emphasis was on ridden events.

We had four horses with us on the day, Whiteash Tobin and Silverthorn Journey, both coming into their second season under saddle; and two three-year-olds, on their first outing, Silverthorn Marina, and April Spriggs' gelding Silverthorn News Flash.

Since the Australian Stock Horses classes were limited, we ventured out into the show hack and galloway rings, and our youngsters, competing against seasoned hacks, certainly did us proud.

In the ring judged by Rob Haywood, Toby placed second in both led ANSA and ASH male 4 years and over. In the ridden classes April Spriggs rode News Flash for a second in ANSA under 15hh and 3rd in ASH male. Brittany Hetherington rode Journey for a third in both ANSA under 15hh and ASH mare or filly.

Over in the show and galloway hack ring being judged by Rachel Clarke, Brittany rode Toby for firsts in the novice show hack over 15hh, and novice rider 17 years and over. April's gelding Flash continued his excellent first day out with a third in his newcomer galloway class, seconds in his novice show galloway, show heavyweight and adults show galloway. Brittany rode Journey for seconds in her newcomer galloway and show lightweight classes, and a first in her novice show galloway class. Marina was just out of placings in all her classes, but she certainly didn't disappoint displaying excellent manners and going around kindly all day.

Silverthorn Marina on her first outing

April on Silverthorn News Flash

Taking out first and second placings in novice show galloway are Brittany on Journey and April on Flash

Brittany on Whiteash Tobin

Horsemanship Clinic at Temora, NSW - 5th, 6th and 7th August, 2011

Friday young riders with Paul and below

Lineup of riders on Days Two and Three

Paul, Brittany and Joe travelled to Temora, NSW, to do a three day horsemanship clinic that was very capably organised and run by Jenita Lawrence at the Temora Showgrounds. Day one was specifically for children and Days Two and Three were designated to the adult riders. Although rain sent everyone for cover on the Friday, it wasn't a major deterrant with the great undercover areas available for the coaching sessions.

On the first day 17 keen young girls and boys, worked very hard to take on board new skills and aids demonstrated to them; and Days Two and Three saw 14 adult riders ready and open to learn and carry out new techniques and ideas on their own horses.

Our crew were very warmly welcomed and the genuine hospitality extended them by organisers and participants alike brought them home with pleasant memories of their visit to Temora that will last forever.

The young gelding Silverthorn Lookout, sold to Bec Harper of Ariah Park, was used by Bec throughout the clinic and can be seen in our gallery of photos shown below.

Bookings are now being taken for a horsemanship clinic to be held on 17th and 18th of September here at Silverthorn. Carolyn Murphy will coaching this weekend, besides Paul, and we know that many riders preparing themselves for the coming show season will benefit from her expert tuition.

Paul with youth rider Jake Bourlet

Paul and Deana Woods

Paul and Neil Climpson

Paul and Belinda Day

Bec Harper riding her new gelding Silverthorn Lookout

Rod Bourlet laying his colt down

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