Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn
28th & 29th April, 2012

Another successful horsemanship clinic was had on the weekend of April 28 and 29. With the show season virtually ended, and everyone taking a bit of a breather, our numbers were down somewhat, but for the 10 keen people who attended, the general consensus was that it was two days well spent.

On the Saturday we brought in the cattle for accomplished lady campdrafter Kylie Blanch to assist our riders with selection, control, blocking and turning, and guiding a beast to move in a set direction. Campdrafting is a sport that requires consummate skill and horsemanship, and selecting a beast from the mob that will run well, but is not too fast for that particular horse is the general aim. This section of our weekend was hugely enjoyed by one and all - we find that everyone always enjoy working their horses with cattle.

Paul started by bringing out one of our yearlings demonstrating the merits of teaching a horse good ground manners and techniques on how to gain respect - we find that this is a good place to start with our clinics, which naturally flows on to showing how to soften and set horses up for more advanced techniques later, in the saddle.

Shotgun was brought out for the weekend, as was Easy, Toby, and My Girl. My Girl spent the two days with eight-year-old Annabelle Wood, while Shotgun, Easy and Toby were shared and used as school horses. Shotgun was easily the favourite, winning everyone over with his kind nature, natural softness, and lovely movement.

Elizabeth Northwood who lived and worked with us in 2010 brought along her two-year-old Shotgun gelding Doubleshot, an almost mirror image of his sire. This young gelding impressed all with his incredible softness - a credit to Liz's solid training. The lovely two-year-old brown filly Silverthorn Imogen, by Waikon Park Coolabah and from Silverthorn Eclipse, owned by Melanie McCallum, also drew attention with her outstanding classic looks and lovely kind going nature. Another Silverthorn youngster, the four-year-old gelding, Seeker - by Waikon Park Coolabah and from Silverthorn Invergordon - certainly made his presence felt displaying an unruffled calmness giving his young rider Skye Maytom an obliging and easy ride.

We also saw - no strangers to us - the two colourful paint horses Junior and Elle, who were brought to us in 2011 for breaking-in, giving their owners Tracey and Dale Jacobson comfortable, pleasant rides.

Morning teas, lunch and dinner times always provide some light relief and a time to socialise. Many interesting people gather round our Saturday evening campfires and without exception we are entertained with stories they bring with them. Our sincere thanks to those ladies who contributed to meals and tea breaks by bringing along some home cooked cakes and bakes and also for helping out with the clearing up afterwards.

April 22nd, 2012

With the April school holidays coming to an end we look back on the good times had with young people spending some of their holiday break with us.

Georgia Snowdon joined us during our stay at Sydney Royal Show and it was great to have such a pleasant and capable young person on the ready to help us care for our horses at the show. Later on in the holidays Georgia spent more time with us in the lead-up to, and during Stroud Show where she rode My Girl for a couple of well won first placings in both the ASH youth and mare hack classes.

Two of our granddaughters, Lilly and Maisy, aged 7 and 10 respectively, also spent some very special days with us. They always insist on us bringing our old welsh pony gelding down out of the hills for a thorough brushing, plaiting up, feeding (really not necessary), and generally giving him the royal treatment. They love taking part in our daily routine of cleaning stables, filling up hay bags and water buckets, and feeding the horses. Brittany is then delegated to give them some riding tuition which is enjoyed by both Britt and the girls. By nurturing them this way we hope that they will one day join us in this passion we have for our horses.

Brooke Joiner, kept one and all entertained and smiling during her week-long stay with us. She really wanted to perfect her whip cracking technique, so as can be seen in this photo, she soon had her whip cracking and resounding all over the place. It was especially heart warming to witness the great bond that Brooke has established with her young gelding Silverthorn Newsflash - see pictures in our previous news updates of Brooke and Newsflash.

Tia Andrews from Wyong Creek on the Central Coast came along with us to Wauchope Show where she was awarded a second place in the junior ASH handler class as well as a first in the junior ASHLA and a second in the mare hack on My Girl. Tia stayed on until school resumed having assisted with many of our every day chores as well as helping bring in some of our two-year-olds for handling and breaking-in, and some general cattlework. Watch our sale page for the inclusion of our two-year-olds as they near completion of their breaking-in.

Although these young people's ages range from 7 to 17 it's amazing how much work we get done when they truly enjoy what they are doing.

Next weekend - April 28th and 29th, we will be holding our Horsemanship Clinic here at Fairview and are looking forward to seeing a few new faces as well as catching up with some of our regular attendees.

On May 6th we will be holding a one day Ladies Confidence Building Clinic at The Riding for the Disabled Complex at Raymond Terrace. A good opportunity for ladies wishing to receive basic training with their horses.

On 2nd and 3rd of June, we will be travelling down to Camelot Stock Horse Stud near Orange, where Paul will be coaching riders interested in improving their techiques and setting up for stock horse events. There are a few places left - please contact Paul Davidson by phoning 0439 829 195 to secure a booking. For further information please refer to the right hand side bar of this page.

Silverthorn Easy Acres reserve champion working to Jugaby's champion

Wauchope Show, 21st April, 2012

Brittany rode Jugaby for a second in the senior ASHLA

Knights Jugaby - reserve champion ASH hack

All week we had been hearing of the torrential rain the Mid-North Coast were experiencing and were wondering if the Wauchope Show was going to go ahead. Well it did, and off we set up the coast road to Wauchope where we have never shown before, not knowing what to expect - what the ground was like, whether there was going to be a good roll-up of stock horses, and exactly where was it again?

We had a good run there, but arrived to learn that Wauchope had had heavy rain during the night and that the parking area was too wet and boggy for anyone to utilise and that trucks and floats were having to leave the ground after unloading their horses and were to asked park in the street. The question here, we asked ourselves, was how were we going to manage two stallions, a mare and a gelding as well as carting all our saddles and gear?

Fortunately we were allowed to come through the gates and park to unload just at the entrace of the showground, and through good luck, or good management, don't know which, the very friendly show committee allowed us to stay where we were, promising that they had plenty of tractors available that would pull us out of the mud when we were ready to go home. How lucky was that? We had visions of just turning around and going back home.

This ground is very much a country showground, with all the hustle and bustle experienced at our recently attended show at Stroud. And yes, the ground was fairly greasy and wet and on a bit of a slope too, but everyone was careful not to push their horses too hard considering the condition of the ground and the day went without any mishaps in the stock horse ring.

Our team had a very good day.

First event was a junior handler class, so Tia Andrews, who has been spending some days with us over the school holidays took Silverthorn My Girl out with nine other junior handlers and their horses. Tia was placed second after having demonstrated to judge M/s K Mallard her ringcraft, and worked Girl really nicely through her paces, Tia and Girl won the junior ASHLA event, and placed second in mare hack class. Well done Tia - a difficult task considering the show rides going full tilt right in front of the stock horse ring! Unfortunately, a lot of the stock horses were upset by these heaving, noisy rides right under their noses.

Knights Jugaby had an excellent day winning the stallion class from a line-up of six stallions, and was ultimately reserve champion ASH to our grey gelding Whiteash Tobin who was awarded champion ASH. Nice to see father and son side-by-side wearing the champion and reserve champion sashes. Brittany and Jugaby went on to place second in the ASHLA class and to take out reserve champion ASH hack and champion working.

Tia Andrews, second place in Junior ASH Handler
with Silverthorn My Girl

Tobin won first place in his led class from a huge line-up of quality geldings and went on to be awarded champion ASH.

Silverthorn Easy Acres did us proud for a young three-year-old horse in more mature company, with seconds in both the stallion hack and stallion working, and was ultimately sashed reserve champion working - runner-up to Jugaby.

Whiteash Tobin's champion led ASH to Jugaby's reserve champion

Knights Jugaby, champion stallion/colt

Stroud Show, 13th April, 2012

The small town of Stroud hosts one of the best shows on our show circuit. The picturesque showground is always well prepared and the show committee always present and working hard to make sure that the show is running smoothly and on time. This is a two-day show and whilst main ring events and campdraft were being held, a cattle dog trial is being run in a secondary arena that has several undercover stands with seating for the spectators. Further around a stud cattle show is in progress, as well as a poultry show, and in the background we can hear chopping noises coming from the wood arena with the fence post splitting competition happening. There are rides, showbags, and numerous stalls with interesting, and in a lot of cases hand made items for sale. Also on the programme was a rodeo, dog high jump and wood chop, ute showdown, a demo derby, fireworks, a BMX and scooter competition, and not forgetting the flower and vegetable, arts and crafts pavilions displaying the best of what this little community has to offer. What a lovely way for a family to spend their weekend.

Knights Jugaby had a really good show in the stock horse ring under highly esteemed judge Mrs Lyn Knight. Paul led him for champion ASH stallion/colt, then Brittany rode him for a first in the ASHLA, champion ASH hack, and champion working. At the end of the day when our ring events were complete, the very capable horsewoman Kylie Blanch won the cut-out and placed fifth in the ladies campdraft judged by Alf Copelin.

Silverthorn My Girl placed second in a lovely line-up of mares in her led mare class and was then beautifully ridden by local young rider Georgia Snowdon, who won both the ASH youth and ASH mare hack.

Brittany showed our grey gelding Whiteash Tobin for thirds in his led gelding and gelding hack classes.

Georgia Snowdon on Silverthorn My Girl
in the ASH youth hack event

Georgia Snowdon on Silverthorn My Girl in the ASH youth hack event

Brittany Hetherington with Jugaby being sashed for champion ASH hack

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