Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn
23rd and 24th June, 2012

Sixteen keen riders attended last weekend's clinic, and together with our own coaches and helpers, as well as families and friends of our attendees, it turned out to be a very big and busy weekend for us all with our house, stables and yards bulging at the seams. As well as our regular riders, some new people came along who very quickly absorbed into the mix, making it a very nice and social turnout. Our thanks to all those ladies who brought their favourite soup/dish/slice/cake to share - our tea breaks and meal times caused our tables to be fairly groaning under the weight of all the wonderful home cooking.

Paul and Carolyn's sessions were supported by Brittany, Kylie, April, Tiffany and Mick who assisted riders to enforce new skills learned, leaving nobody sitting waiting for their turns for their next session.

Mick gave demonstrations on groundwork with young horses and it was great for everyone to see changes in attitude and demeanour in this youngstock over the two days. Kylie, a very competent campdrafter, was able to assist in this area, helping those interested, work and read cattle. Just diverting here, you will have read further down this news page of the new campdraft arena that is currently under construction - hopefully next clinic we will actually be having a draft for our campdraft riders (The Silverthorn Cup!).

Due to popular demand, Tiffany showed how she likes to prepare her horses for competition - this proved to be very popular with the ladies who all went home with lists of products to put into their grooming kits.

It never ceases to amaze us to see the progress that each horse and rider can make over the two days spent at our clinic - a very rewarding and satisfying result for us personally.

After two of mornings of minus one degree and a layer of frost everywhere and with water buckets iced over, both days turned out to be gloriously warm and sunny.

By 10am when our fingers and toes had started to defrost, our morning teas were a welcome chance to put our fingers around a warm mug of tea or coffee. The gas burner was a popular port of call with standing room only, enabling everyone to get to know each other that much better through the welcoming warmth radiated. The two log fires blazing on Saturday evening kept us all rosy cheeked and cosy, creating just the right atmosphere for the usual story telling told after our evening meal!

Our next clinic will be on the 14th of July at the RDA Complex, Raymond Terrace - a few places left - please contact us if you would like to secure a place.

5th June, 2012

We are looking forward to our Horsemanship Clinic here at Silverthorn for the 23rd and 24th of June with a lot of our regular attendees as well as some new faces booked to come along. Please note that our day clinic for July at RDA, Raymond Terrace, will now be held on the 14th instead of the 15th.

Paul will be holding a Stock Horse Clinic for the New England Branch ASHS on the 1st and 2nd of September at the New England Girls Grammar School, Armidale. See right hand side bar on this page for details.

The area shown below is used extensively for our flat work and training, and also during our schools. Over the years we have found that the surface, no matter what the weather conditions, always stays of a consistency that is safe and firm and good to ride on at pace. So what you are looking at here is the proposed campdraft arena works-in-progress, that will be another coaching area for our schools, where we can safely introduce cattle, letting people have a run outside, rather than indoor turnback work.

Pictured right are Brittany our trainee with Ashley Whiting who did her work experience time with us last week. They are on two young fillies currently being broken-in and trained. Ashley is studying Horse Industry Operations, Performance Horse Cert II at Richmond TAFE College. Ashley proved to be a very capable young rider who lightened our workload considerably during the week - we are looking forward to seeing her back again soon.

On May 20th we went to the Gloucester Branch ASHS cut-out/campdraft practice day at Gloucester Showground. A very pleasant day was had on a fine sunny day and a friendly barbecue lunch. Paul took along our young stallion Silverthorn Easy Acres for a look and was pleased with his performance on the day.

Then on Sunday the 3rd of June, another cut-out/campdraft day scheduled to be at the showground but cancelled due to the ground being closed due to repairs was kindly picked up by Craig and Jenelle Young who hosted the day at their property. This proved to be a very popular day with a lot of people there enjoying themselves with, once again, a barbecue lunch at midday. Paul had Jugaby along with him this time and it was great to get him out for a nice relaxing day.

Upcoming Clinics

Coming up on 23rd and 24th of June we are planning a horsemanship clinic to encourage confidence and ability, from nervous to more advanced, competitive riders. We have invited some very experienced and successful horsemen and women who will be assisting in this knowledge building and interesting weekend.

Our days will be divided between coaches, with participants rotating from one session to the next - or staying with one coach if they wish to concentrate on that particular area of expertise.

We are pleased to advise that our very popular dressage/hack coach Carolyn Murphy will be here to assist, as will our lady campdrafter, Kylie Blanch. Mick Allen who so ably assisted Paul at our RDA day recently will demonstrate advanced groundwork skills, specialising in disrespectful and pushy horses; and Brittany and Tiffany will be spending time with our nervous riders, bringing them forward to a level where they can later join the other riders with new-found confidence.

Initially Paul will be demonstrating some of his unique and skillful breaking-in methods from haltering to bridling, to more advanced techniques later, in the saddle. His coaching will be aimed at structuring his sessions to suit individuals wanting to go that one step further . . .. He will be overseeing every single participant's progress over the weekend ensuring that they are receiving the quality instruction they came for.

Cattle will be brought in for Kylie's sessions in our undercover arena.

Cost for the weekend will be $220 or $110 per day. All meals and refreshments provided as well as camping, yards,and facilities.

Bookings now being taken.

9th May, 2012

With winter approaching and our show horses turned out for a spell we are spending our days trying to catch up on pasturing, weed spraying, repairing fences, general farm work and cattle care. Our stables are now occupied by young horses in the process of being broken-in and educated and weanlings are being brought in for handling. Our mares are looking well and before we know it, our 2012 crop of foals will be arriving.

Our friend Mick Allen spent last week lightening our workload with his skillful handling and groundwork of young horses about to be broken-in. Part of his training regime is to have them going on and off the horse float on command, and in no time at all they were watching for his cues, virtually stepping on by themselves. Early one morning, as Paul, Mick and Brittany were starting to prepare for the day's work, they heard a sound in our large undercover arena where the horse float was parked. Imagine their surprise when they saw that a filly had loaded herself all on her own and was waiting patiently for someone to close the tail-gate, and at the same time another young horse was really disappointed at not being able to join her because the centre divider was across and barring his way to get on!

There was a very good programme for Australian Stock Horses at the Hunter Valley Summer Show at Salt Ash near Raymond Terrace and although we were not able to attend due to our horsemanship clinic here at Silverthorn on the 29th of April, we received plenty of feedback from people who did get the opportunity to get there. Classes were well represented and it gave us great pleasure to hear that championships and reserve championships in hack and working and youth classes were taken out by people who have been recently coached by Paul.

If you would like to see how our Acres Destiny colt Silverthorn Easy Acres is maturing we have inserted recent photos of him on his page in the stallion section of our website - click here to view. We are really pleased with this young horse, and the foals he produced for us last year are exceptional types. When handled, these youngsters leave you with a feeling that they have been here before - we are confident that they will make really good futurity prospects.

We have removed the foal pictures of our soon-to-be weanlings and placed a few of recent photos for readers to view. Click here to view.

The broodmare Barsham Cattle Echo who was on our sale page has been sold to Chanelle Littler, and the lovely black two-year-old filly Silverthorn Vanity Fair by St Ronan Abdul Smoke from Montcalm Jillaroo is also sold. Vanity is nearing completion of her breaking-in and training, and will soon be going to her new home with Bec Harper who last year purchased Silverthorn Lookout.

We've recently heard from the Hyland Family, owners of Silverthorn Sportsman (Knights Jugaby x Silverthorn Madalyn), and by the smile of young Jaymee Hyland here it's obvious that she is really enjoying her handsome gelding. The family purchased Sport as a two-year-old and for the past four years have diligently brought him on quietly and steadily. Now they are reaping the rewards for their patience with a safe, competitive and suitable mount for Jaymee.

Jaymee Hyland on Silverthorn Sportsman

The eye-catching two-year-old gelding, Silverthorn Son of a Gun (Silverthorn Shotgun x Barsham Prodigal Lass) owned by Selina and Andrew Nixon is continuing to shine in the show ring with good wins at Lithgow, Bathurst Royal, and Orange Shows. Lithgow Show saw him take out Champion ASH Exhibit; Bathurst Royal, a first in led ASH under 3 years and a second in the ridden under 4 years, and Reserve Champion Galloway; at Orange Show was Champion Led ASH and won the ridden gelding 3 years and under.

Silverthorn Son of a Gun (Silverthorn Shotgun x Barsham Prodigal Lass)

Confidence Building Clinic at Raymond Terrace - 6th May, 2012

After our very popular and well received horsemanship clinic at the Riding for Disabled Association Centre just out of Raymond Terrace in March, we thought that a clinic to buiild confidence in nervous riders could be of benefit to many people who are just too shy to go out and participate in a regular clinic. Two ladies fitted into this category, whilst eight others were there for Paul to help them fine tune their riding and horse skills.

We were really pleased with the way the day went starting out with a demonstration on groundwork with our yearling "Steve" (Rippingale Joys Ragtime) - who showed amazing calm in such a vastly different atmosphere to what he's used to. Mick Allen, who had just spent the week with us at home doing groundwork with some young horses we've brought in for breaking-in, did a terrific job with his demonstration of ground skills - thanks Mick.

In her lovely kind and genuine understanding of nervous riders, Tiffany Green (Celadon Show Horses) took our two novice ladies aside helping them with basic riding skills. It was inspirational to see the real rapport Tiffany had with them, forging so much new confidence that by mid day they joined Paul and the rest of the crew for the second part of the day.

Georgia Snowdon came along and ably assisted Paul with our own horses - it's always great to have that extra pair of hands on the ready which gives Paul more time with the people being coached.

The day was a perfect autumn day and during our breaks we sat in the warm sunshine together, swapping talk, and savouring the day.

Pictured here is Paul showing how to get a horse to bend at the wither.

We took this picture at Sydney Royal Show in April - the RDA events happened to be on at the same time as the Australian Stock Horses and we had the opportunity to see at first hand the great job that this organisation does, and the obvious enjoyment that disabled people get from this level of competition.

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