Brittany on Whiteash Tobin with a first in his gelding hack class

Sydney Royal Show 2012

After all the hard work and lead-up to Sydney Royal Show, it's very rewarding to return home having enjoyed some measure of success.

We had three horses with us, the stallion Knights Jugaby, the mare Silverthorn My Girl, and the gelding Whiteash Tobin. All were in huge classes with placings in their respective led classes. Jugaby with a second (17 entrants), My Girl with a third (17 entrants), and Tobin with a fourth (18 entrants).

Our trainee, Brittany Hetherington had a super show on Jugaby with a third overall in the ASHLA class (34 entrants) and was presented with the special sash for the highest placed novice rider. Brittany rode Jugaby for a second in his stallion hack (10 entrants), and a first on Tobin in his gelding hack (21 entrants). Later, in the station horse challenge, Brittany rode Jugaby for a sixth out of 49 entrants.

Saturday dawned with Brittany making a spectacular debut in the State judging competition final by taking out State Champion Junior Judge. This is not the first time that that the Silverthorn camp have enjoyed success in the State junior judging event - April Spriggs 2008 State Champion, and Elizabeth McKelvey 2010 Reserve State Champion.

We are very proud of 18-year-old Brittany and the way she comported herself while representing us, but most of all it was nice to witness the quiet modesty that went with her success. Her wins were popularly received and she was showered with congratulations from all quarters.

Each evening after our day of competition was complete and the horses settled for the night, we would perhaps go and watch the evening entertainment or socialise with friends and acquaintances to just sit around, relax, and enjoy their company.

Speaking of evening entertainment, horsemen representing the ASHS put on a spectacular musical ride that was absolutely wonderful to watch from the grandstands; and later, the fabulous fireworks display that went on and on at the end of the evening show, was awesome.

Brittany on Knights Jugaby, second in his stallion hack class

The showground has had a huge makeover since we were there last year, with two new grandstands, seating that now covers the previously grassed spectator area, many new food outlets, and a slightly extended centre ring that will now be facilitated as a football venue. This is going to be great for the football fans but our classes were reduced as a result of this progress with a decreased number of stock horse classes for the sake of keeping the turf intact.

Not only did we have less classes, but imagine our surprise when the Australian Stock Horse Ladies Association (ASHLA), the first ridden event to take place, had had the haunch turn/roll-back element, deleted from the pattern to be worked. Then, to compound this revelation, it was announced that our working classes were to be removed from the main arena and to be held in the Schmidt Arena. When it came to the Stockman's Turnout Class, of course it was no surprise that riders were once again only asked to do a hack pattern. One wonders just how many more of our events are going to be sacrificed in the name of football. Time will tell.

For those who do compete there year in, year out, we fully appreciate the dedication it takes in the campaigning for qualification, the preparation, and finally the organisation to get our teams to Sydney safe and sound and ready for competition against the best that this country can offer.

Paul with Whiteash Tobin with a fourth in his led gelding class

Brittany on Whiteash Tobin in his gelding hack class

Paul riding Silverthorn My Girl in her mare hack class

Horsemanship Clinic at Raymond Terrace
25th March, 2012

For something different and perhaps more convenient for a lot of people, we held a one day horsemanship clinic at the Riding for the Disabled Association, Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter Centre, Pacific Highway, Raymond Terrace. The RDA complex has been carefully laid out and the set-up lends itself to the ultimate safety of horses and riders.

We used the enclosed outdoor arena that boasts a very level and beautifully kept grassed surface that everyone agreed was great to ride on and the multi-function building that overlooks this arena is ideal for onlookers lending itself to a perfect view of the proceedings below. There is also a huge indoor arena available that we could have moved to had weather conditions turned unpleasant.

We had 11 keen riders, some travelling long distances, and some more local, but all intent on improving and honing their horsemanship skills.

Our morning tea and lunch breaks were happy and relaxed on the lawn and in the shade of the huge undercover horse stalls. We all agreed that this is certainly a wonderful venue and a credit to the hardworking people attached to the RDA.

The place made a huge impact on us all and many came way wondering how we could help our disabled friends. The resident ponies and horses are lovingly cared for by resident caretaker, Merryl Case. Merryl tells us that a some of their ponies need to be retired and they really need a couple of educated saddle or harness ponies for their more competitive riders - even a quiet, sound pony who is no longer being used by its family and suitable for disabled riders/drivers, would be a greatly appreciated. Other things on their wish list are rugs, hay, feed, and most of all "two -legged" helpers. Merryl can be contacted by phoning 0427 289 878.

Have a browse through their website

Our day was so popular, that we plan to return for more one day clinics in the near future.

Brittany Hetherington with Supreme Champion ASH, Silverthorn My Girl

It was nice to be able to get to our local show after missing Wallamba, Wingham and Newcastle shows due to coaching commitments elsewhere. After a foggy start the day turned out fine despite some surface water over parts of the ground from rain received during the weeks prior to the show. Australian Stock Horse classes were well attended with a line-up of quality horses both in led and ridden classes.

Our day started with the stallion Knights Jugaby taking out champion ASH Stallion. Later, with Brittany Hetherington in the saddle Jugaby placed first in the stallion hack, third in stallion working and first in the ASHLA event.

Our three-year-old colt Silverthorn Easy Acres had an excellent day with firsts in a large novice hack class, ASH hack three years and under, stallion working, ASH working 3 years and under, novice working, and a second in the stallion hack.

The grey gelding Whiteash Tobin was also in the ribbons with a second in the gelding hack which led to him being sashed with Reserve Champion ASH Hack.

Silverthorn My Girl, led by Brittany, took out Champion ASH mare, and was ultimately Supreme Led ASH taking out the much coveted Radium Trophy. Our thanks go to Gloucester Branch ASH for sponsoring this event as well as to Mr and Mrs J Landers for the lovely floral arrangement. Girl also placed second in a very large class of mares for ASH mare hack.

Gloucester Show - 24th March, 2012

Silverthorn Easy Acres having an excellent day

Whiteash Tobin, Reserve Champion ASH Hack

Horsemanship Clinic at Wyong Creek - 17th March, 2012

With Sydney Royal Show only a couple of weeks away we held a day clinic on the Central Coast at Wyong Creek. Many of our riders were putting in the final touches of their preparation for Sydney. It was very pleasing to watch them work so diligently with their horses to make sure that they would be well prepared for all their events and hopefully ensure some measure of success. We wish you all well and we'll be watching for you in the winners' circle.

Undaunted, despite the showery conditions our determined riders simply threw on the drizabones and carried on regardless of the rain.

Once again thanks are due to our hosts Kathy and Mark Lammi for making their lovely property in the Yarramalong Valley available and looking after us all so well.

We heard that father and daughter, Mark and Renee Mason, went to Castle Hill Show the day after our horsemanship clinic, and were delighted with their horses' performances. Both Mark and Renee won classes resulting in Renee being awarded Reserve Champion ASH Hack and Mark with Reserve Champion Working Horse. Congratulations to you both.

We've had some lovely feedback from our Wyong Creek clinic which is both humbling and uplifting.

Comments received:

... "We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to yourselves on behalf of our son. He has gained so much from the two clinics held recently at Wyong Creek. He is very passionate about his horse riding and when he observes that very same passion that Paul and Britt display in their instruction, I believe it reassures him that he can realise his dreams and goals. The day after the one day clinic, he went to pony club where his horse cantered beautifully in both directions on a one handed loose rein in the pleasure class, such was the confidence he had gained in himself and his horse.Being novice horse people we often receive an overwhelming multitude of "advice". No doubt all of it is well intentioned, however we have found much of it is not well directed. We are blessed that we have fantastic mentors for our son in Tia and Kathy (Kathy Lammi and daughter Tia) and we are so grateful that we are able to reinforce that training and direction with Paul and Britt's brilliant instruction. It is very refreshing to see people putting so much back into the sport and particularly today's youth, you are an immense credit to yourselves and the industry."

... "The thing I found so impressive about Paul was his ability to calmly and effectively coach 15 people all at once. He quickly pin-pointed what each horse/rider combination needed and had everyone working on different things, some solo and some in pairs or in groups. We were able to learn not only from him but from each other. Even when I stopped my horse for a break, I was still on the edge of my saddle watching someone else. Paul is a very warm, welcoming and encouraging person and that seemed to just flow through the riders and their horses all day. His knowledge and experience is just phenomenal and he shares that so easily and freely. In one day, I feel like he took my horse and I up to a whole new level. I can't wait for the next clinic!"

Silverthorn Son of a Gun, placed second in the 2-year-old hack gelding (16 entries)

Australian Stock Horse Society National Show
AELEC Centre, Tamworth - March, 2012

This show has become an epic production and a credit to those ASHS people organising such a huge event. AELEC at Tamworth afford competitors excellent camping, stabling and exhibiting facilities. The weather wasn't too bad for the outside events, a couple of light showers experienced, but on the whole, sunny days. Inside in the main arena conditions were comfortable.

Jugaby ridden by Brittany in one of their dressage tests

We entered Knights Jugaby for the senior events, Silverthorn Easy Acres for the futurity and three-year-old events, and our lovely yearling filly Silverthorn Sunsation for the led yearling event and Fountain of Youth Sale.

Our trainee Brittany Hetherington rode Jugaby for all his events except the Abbey Open Challenge and the campdrafting. He placed first in his stallion pleasure hack, second in his led class, fifth in his stallion hack, and fourth in hack stallion, English attire. With Paul in the saddle, came midfield in the open challenge (84 competitors), and had good camp scores in the stallion (ridden by Paul) and ladies (ridden by Kylie Blanch) campdrafts.

We are pleased to say that our lovely filly Silverthorn Sunsation reached her reserve price at the Fountain of Youth Sale. There were 107 quality youngsters offered at this sale and there were many disappointed vendors as their lots didn't reach their reserve prices. Like the other sellers, we were offering our very best for this sale hoping for the best result possible.

We also purchased a nicely bred grey yearling gelding - Rippingale Joys Ragtime - by Riverview Snowman and from Rippingale Joys Lyric, who we are very pleased with. Hopefully he'll be back next year competing for the wonderful incentives that the ASH Society are offering to Fountain of Youth Sale vendors and purchasers.

Silverthorn was also represented by Silverthorn Elliette with the Strelitz Family; Silverthorn Son of a Gun with Selina and Andrew Nixon; and Silverthorn Spiderwick with Mick Allen. All of these horses were beautifully presented and were awarded high placings.

Brittany Hetherington on Knights Jugaby in his stallion pleasure hack.

Paul rode Easy in the futurity. There were 72 entries in this event and a sight to behold when lined up in the main arena - see photo - again placing midfield. Easy later placed second in the novice 4 years and under working class.

Futurity line-up (three-year-olds)

14th March, 2012

Nice to hear from all you Silverthorn horse owners keeping us abreast of your achievements. At times we've been asked "How does it feel to be beaten by one of your own horses?" Simply put, the answer is "Their win - is our win."

Young Brooke Joyner and her three year old gelding Silverthorn News Flash are on a roll with more great show results - this time Cessnock Show under judge Mr Robert Watchirs. Flash took out a third and a first in very strong company.

Sophie Babic who purchased the yearling gelding Silverthorn Smoke and Mirrors tells us that young Smoke is coming along really well with his groundwork training and she is looking forward to bringing him out next season.

Selina and Andrew Nixon, took their very stylish two year old gelding Silverthorn Son of a Gun to Blayney Show over the weekend where he was awarded Supreme Australian Stock Horse, After seeing Son at the ASH Nationals last week, it comes as no surprise as he is looking really great.

We have two more clinics coming up they are:

A one-day clinic on 25th March at the Riding for the Disabled Association, Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter Centre, Pacific Highway, Raymond Terrace. Bring your own lunch and refreshments.

A two day horsemanship clinic at Silverthorn on 28th and 29th April. Meals and camping provided.

Brooke Joyner on Silverthorn News Flash, placing third in hack under three years.

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