10th December, 2011

Just recapping on our performance results at Bulahdelah Show on 18th November, we received notification in the mail from Bulahdelah Show Society that Silverthorn Easy Acres, was awarded high point stock horse of the show - these results weren't announced until the campdraft was completed later in the day. We are very pleased with this young stallion's progress and look forward to the new year when we will be campaigning him with our show team. The five foals he produced for us this year are growing well and are very pleasing to the eye.

Joe Lawrence has been making good use of his time during breaks in harvest time at Temora breaking-in his filly Silverthorn Sugar Glider. As shown in these pictures, Joe is putting into practice his skills learned over the year here with us.

High school student Melissa Hardes, took the advantage of her week's work experience with us by assisting Paul with the last week of breaking-in and training of her big clydesdale/thoroughbred cross gelding "Romeo" . We enjoyed our week with Melissa who cheerfully worked alongside us and lightened our workload tremendously.

Melissa is pictured here with Romeo.

Gloucester Branch of the ASHS had their training day at the Gloucester Showground last Sunday and asked Paul to coach. Fourteen keen members turned up for day and it was very safistying to watch progress made with both riders and horses. It was really nice too for a sausage sizzle at lunchtime and to catch up with everyone.

Paul can be seen here demonstrating on Easy to Gloucester Branch members.

Selina and Andrew Nixon took their beautiful young two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Son of a Gun by Shotgun to the All Breeds Youngstock Show at Hawkesbury last weekend. Under judge Lance McWhirter, Son won champion ASH gelding and Supreme ASH Exhibit. This is a very prestigious youngstock show and a win here certainly is very encouraging for owners of young horses.

Son is pictured here after having won Supreme ASH Exhibit.

Another horsemanship clinic is planned to be held here on 21st and 22nd of January. An opportune time to fine-tune before the show season starts. Paul will be coaching. Contact us now to reserve a place.

20th November, 2011

With the arrival of Silverthorn Bellbird, a petite black filly from Silverthorn Belladonna, this marks the last of our 2011 drop of foals. Her sire, Silverthorn Easy Acres, son of Acres Destiny has produced five really nice foals for us this year and we will be watching their progress with interest.

After spending the past 11 months with us Joe Lawrence has returned home to Temora to help his family out with harvesting for the next couple of months. Joe has made many new friends and acquaintances over this period and earned much respect from clients who send us young horses to be either broken-in or trained that he has had the opportunity to assist Paul with.

The promising three-year-old brown filly "Silverthorn Cattleya" from Barsham Sunrising by JR Cattle Hand has been sold to Melissa Simpson of Dubbo and we look forward to hearing from Melissa with her ongoing progress with Cattleya. Joe Lawrence took home with him the two-year-old brown sister filly to Cattleya (by Waikon Park Coolabah this time), "Silverthorn Sugar Glider," another beautiful filly showing great potential.

Outside mares who visited Shotgun last year have all finished foaling for 2011. So pleased are their owners, we have many of these mares returning for another service to this pre-potent sire. Without exception, all of the Shotgun foals have white markings - some more than others, and all exceptional types.

Bulahdelah Show, 18th November, 2011

With heavy cloud cover, we had a very comfortable day weatherwise at Bulahdelah Show and with only two horses and a pony on board we had a day that was more relaxed than most of our show outings.

Under judge Prue Capp, our yearling filly Silverthorn Sunsation was awarded third place in a line-up of very nice fillies.

Our black stallion Silverthorn Easy Acres had a good day with firsts with Paul in his led stallion, hack stallion, working stallion, and for Brittany in her ASHLA class.

Easy is coming along nicely and performed well on the day - he ended up taking out champion led stallion/colt followed up by supreme led ASH.

14th November, 2011

Since our last update, three new Silverthorn Easy Acres foals have arrived - a black colt to Silverthorn Blackberry; and brown colts to Scotts Creek Bauble and Silverthorn Showgirl. These new arrivals can be seen on our Youngsters page.

We attended the Tocal College ASH sale on 6th November and were impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm in which organisers, staff and students had prepared and presented their horses. Forty lots were catalogued and after 7 were withdrawn and one passed in, they averaged $6,373. Top priced horse was $12,500. On the whole, their horses represented a nice overall offering.

With Equitana being held in Sydney this week we took the opportunity of travelling down for this super bonanza of spectacular world class horsemanship and enjoyed every single moment. When we weren't watching a display, demonstration or competition, we made our way through the endless trade stands, amazed at the range of quality goods available for sale. Walking around, we were pulled up every few minutes or so, running into friends or acquaintances, making this experience not only educational but a thoroughly enjoyable social event.

Demonstrations covering everything related to the equine industry were ongoing over the four days and there was always something interesting to pause and watch as these presentations were taking place.

Pictured below is the three-day young horse "starting" contest - The Way of the Horse - Australian Horsemaship Challenge. Three trainers choose their young unstarted horse from a selection of stock horses, then work simultaneously in separate round pens, giving the public an opportunity to compare starting methods and training styles. Contestants are judged by a respected panel of equestrians, who award individual points to techniques used to determine the winner.

Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn - 29th and 30th October, 2011

Paul with one of his group of riders

Although the long range weather forecast was rather gloomy, we went ahead with our plans to run our October clinic regardless. The weather was very kind to us and we had two lovely mild to warm days. On the morning of day two it felt as though a storm was brewing and by mid-afternoon the skies opened up briefly with a very heavy downpour that was only of short duration. When the rain cleared, we went back out to work some cattle and have some serious fun.

We had another good attendance which included some new faces along with our regulars who all worked really hard to make a difference to both their riding skills and their horse's performance. It always gives us such a a buzz to watch these riders and horses improve over the two days. These people always bring much enthusiasm that is so infectious that the whole place seems to be supercharged with achievement - their ultimate aim. We are so lucky to meet all these wonderful folk whose friendship is valued and their efforts inspiring.

Both Paul and Carolyn Murphy coached over the weekend and were kept busy with their different groups.

Joe on recently sold Citation
(young gelding by St Ronan Abdul Smoke x Elle Astra)

Carolyn Murphy pictured with one of her groups

With many of our mares having foaled we were able to walk those interested through the broodmare paddock when they had a free moment to show off our new foals who were only too obliged to show off and please everyone with their entertaining antics.

Paul with Jo Jocinen

This week saw a lot of positive feedback being received - so nice to hear from you all and that you're practising your new skills learned over the two days - a credit to you all.

Line-up of participants

22nd October, 2011

Last week a very smart chestnut colt born to Silverthorn Eclipse by Crillee Amarillo Oak - he appears on our Youngsters page with our other 2011 foals. This week saw the much awaited arrival of our first Silverthorn Easy Acres foal - a very nice black filly to Silverthorn Danni Girl (full sister to My Girl) - she is also pictured with our 2011 foals. We have several more mares due to foal to Easy and are encouraged by this first foal of his to look forward to more top quality youngsters.

Two three-year-olds have been sold recently, Silverthorn Citation, a bay gelding featured on our sale page; and also Silverthorn Cattleya, a filly who didn't quite make our sale page before she was purchased by her buyer on a stud visit.

Taree Show (Manning River A&H Society Inc) - 8th October, 2011

Jugaby extending out in the ASH stallion hack

A good day was had at Taree Show with stallion, Knights Jugaby; mare, Silverthorn My Girl; geldings, Silverthorn Seeker and Silverthorn News Flash, and yearling filly Silverthorn Sunsation on her first outing.

With rain forecast for the day it was no surprise that the dark foreboding clouds that were threatening all morning, opened up for a quick and heavy shower. Dampened but not deterred, we picked up where we left off in the middle of the working classes having to go a bit easier on a slightly more slippery surface.

First out was Jugaby in his led stallion classes who placed first in both the Australian Stock Horse and the Australian National Saddle Horse Association rings. He had an excellent day taking out Champion ASH stallion, Champion ASH Hack, and Reserve Champion Working - our thanks go to sponsor Trailrace Saddleworld for the beautiful rug for Champion ASH Hack.

April's gelding News Flash won his led gelding classes in both the ASHS and ANSA rings.

Paul riding Silverthorn News Flash
in the working gelding class

Our yearling filly Sunsation had a good result on her first outing with a first in her yearling ASH filly class, then Reserve Champion Yearling or Foal. We couldn't have been more pleased with her manners and attitude and look forward to taking her out again.

My Girl performed really well with good outcomes in both her hack and working classes placing third in her mare hack class and second in the mare working, running off for reserve champion alongside Jugaby.

Joe was pleased with his gelding Seeker who won the maiden working from a very long line-up of contestants.

Joe Lawrence on Silverthorn Seeker
in the maiden working class

Silverthorn My Girl picking up the pace
in the mare working class

Knights Jugaby being awarded Champion ASH Hack

7th October, 2011

This picture of Silverthorn Son of a Gun, the lovely two-year-old gelding that we campaigned as a yearling colt, was was sent to us this week with news of his first outing with his now owners Selina and Andrew Nixon. Shotgun certainly leaves his stamp when you look at this beautiful individual and other youngstock by him. Selina and Andrew told us that "Son" was a total gentleman throughout the day placing second in his stock horse gelding class and winning the galloway gelding class going on to win reserve champion galloway - congratulations to you both on such a great result and lovely presentatiion.

Our foal tally is now five fillies, one by Crillee Amarillo Oak and four by Silverthorn Shotgun - see our Youngsters Page for photos and information.

Tiffany Green's mares Aloha Evita and Celadon Evangeline have foaled with outstanding colt foals - these are the last two colts by St Ronan Abdul Smoke. Peter Taubman's mare Montcalm Jillaroo this week produced a lovely black filly, being the last foal by Smoke. This sire has certainly left his mark with the beautiful stock he has left behind. We have several of his progeny on our sale page.

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