31st August, 2012

With spring fast approaching so too is our calendar with just about every weekend ticked off with somewhere to go or something to do.

It didn't take long for the stables to be once again occupied by outside horses to either be broken-in or here for training after our competition at Brisbane Royal Show. In addition to this our foals have started arriving - two fillies and a colt to date. The bay filly "Jubilee" from Rosebrook Mona mentioned previously; a petite black filly with a big blaze produced by Montcalm Swan Lake by Silverthorn Easy Acres - "Swan Lake"; and this morning, Silverthorn Juliet presented us with a lovely strong black colt with a small star, by Easy as well - "Jetstream". Pictures of our foals will appear on the youngsters page of this website soon.

Part of our two trainee's Brittany and Ashley's TAFE course (Agriculture III-IV) involves a module in cattle handling and they are pictured here with their teacher Mr Peter Ruprecht overseeing their performance in the cattleyards.

Peter travels fortnightly from the Taree Campus to instruct and mentor our girls for the duration of the course and as a consequence his visits have become a regular part of our working regime.

Our sale page has had a few changes with the sale of two year old grey gelding Rippingale Joys Ragtime to the Moran Family of Maitland, NSW; and both mares Bundaleerpark Tamara and Yabtree Remernick to Moray Downs, Qld. New additions are geldings Silverthorn Durallie (with YouTube footage) and Silverthorn Cataneal Joe.

A very happy girl, Georgia Moran with "Steve" (Rippingale Joys Ragtime)

25th August, 2012

As you can see right, our first foal for the season has arrived. A nice bay filly from the mare Rosebrook Mona and by Knights Jugaby. Several of our other mares are due soon and are being watched closely. Watch this page for news of their arrivals.

Our training day held at Gloucester Showground with the Gloucester Branch ASHS last Sunday was a great success with about 17 riders attending. Two groups were formed and Paul and Ashley rotated the riders between them, keeping everyone on the move the whole time. The emphasis of the day was helping people with show and challenge patterns. The weather was perfect and the company congenial. The lunchtime sausage sizzle at the Gloucester Branch ASHS Heritage Building was greatly appreciated by all. It's always interesting to spend time looking at the old (and new) photos and mementos of local stock horses/horsemen and horsewomen past and present that cover the walls in this building. A great effort by the Gloucester Committee.

Ashley demonstrating a lengthened trot on Durallie & lineup of participants with Paul and Ashley

Are you aware of the new requirements for horse owners?

From 1 September 2012, anyone who keeps horses in NSW will be required to obtain a Property Identification Code (PIC) for the land on which the horses are kept. Even if you only have one horse, you will still need a PIC.

During the Equine Influenza (horse flu) outbreak in 2007, NSW Department of Primary Industries’ and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities’ efforts to control the disease were hampered by not knowing where and how many horses were located in different areas. The need for a register of the location of all horses and other livestock in Australia was recognised.

Knowing where horses (and other species) are located through PIC information will improve traceability and response times in the event of future disease outbreaks or other emergencies.

Victoria and Queensland already require a PIC to be quoted before any health certificates are provided for the export of horses, and NSW will also be adopting this approach. In Queensland it is also mandatory to provide a PIC in order to enter a horse in an event and event organisers in other states are increasingly imposing the same requirement.

Note that it is not mandatory to identify horses by microchip, although some industry groups may require it.

PICs are assigned to individual properties and allocated by Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs), who maintain the register of more than 90,000 PICs and keep information related to PICs current.

Many rural horse owners will also own cattle, sheep, goats or pigs, as well as horses, so will already have a PIC, and may not need to apply for one. However other horse owners will need to apply for a PIC to their local LHPA.

However, it would be good practice for horse owners to keep a diary or other record of where their horse has been, which ideally would include the PIC of the property or event ground.

Property and horse owners can apply for a PIC by contacting their local Livestock Health and Pest Authority, or applying on line. More information is also available in the Frequently Asked Questions for horse owners on the LHPA website.

13th August, 2012

Winner of the Four-Year-old Stockman's Challenge - Silverthorn Easy Acres

Paul and Brittany travelled north to attend Brisbane Royal Show with fellow competitors Kylie Blanch, Tiffany Green and Mick Allen. We were well prepared for the border crossing clearing facility with Horse Health Declaration and Waybills complete, with travel permit obtained from Qld Biosecurity - this is required for travelling in and out of Queensland.

Despite the long drive a wonderful time was had by all. Both of our stallions, Knights Jugaby and Silverthorn Easy Acres placed in each of their events, including a win by Silverthorn Easy Acres in the Four-Year-Old Stockman's Challenge.

To our crew the EKKA is reminiscent of the old Sydney Show Ground. Organisation for dormitory style accommodation, stabling, parking, and lockers for our gear was simply and efficiently handled by horse superintendents and their staff. In the main arena stewards were competent, helpful and well-organised making for very smooth running rings making good use of time alotted for each class.

Looking at our very full calendar, we are bracing ourselves for a very busy time right up until the end of the year. Several clinics and schools are planned - have a look at the right hand side bar on this page for dates and contacts.

Next Sunday, August 19th, there is a one day coaching session with Gloucester Branch ASHS at Gloucester Showground; 1st and 2nd of September a two day clinic with New England Branch ASHS; 15th and 16th of September a two day horsemanship clinic at Wyong Creek, Central Coast; and on 3rd and 4th of November a two day clinic with Central Tablelands Branch ASHS.

We are watching Rosebrook Mona closely for the arrival of her Knights Jugaby foal which is now due. Our lovely grey gelding Whiteash Tobin is from this mare and by Jugaby. This year most of our foals expected are by Silverthorn Easy Acres.

Maitland Winter Show, 4th August, 2012

The week prior to the trip to Brisbane for Brisbane Royal Show we attended Hunter Regional Show Horse Associaton's Maitland Winter Show competing the stallions Knights Jugaby and Silverthorn Easy Acres, and the gelding Silverthorn Durallie.

The day was bright and sunny with everyone happy to be back after the long winter break. Great to see everyone's youngsters on their first outing.

Under judge Candice Parker, our team had a really good day. Ashley led and rode Durallie (Jack) for a first in his led class, 2nd in the gelding hack, and a first in the gelding working.

Judge Candice Parker with Ashley and Silverthorn Durallie, and Ashley on Durallie after winning the gelding working class

Jugaby placed second in the ASH led stallion class; with thirds in both his ASH stallion hack and working classes. In the ANSA ring he won his ridden stallion class going on to take out reserve champion ridden ANSA.

Brittany on Jugaby, reserve champion ridden ANSA.

Easy placed first in the led ASH stallion class going on to take out reserve champion led Australian Stock Horse. He then won both champion ridden ASH, and champion working ASH. He worked well all day and we were very pleased with his results.

Paul with Easy Aces after being awarded reserve champion led ASH.

31st July, 2012

With preparations for our trip to Brisbane Royal Show, together with finishing off horses in for breaking-in and training we still find ourselves very busy. Brittany and Paul will be taking the stallions Knights Jugaby and Silverthorn Easy Acres to Brisbane leaving Julie and Ashley at home taking care of the business end of things.

Pictured right is Britnee Breneger whose family have just purchased this lovely little six year old mare Riverway Caru. Caru is by Knights Jugaby from Silverthorn Carys. Carys was bred up from our welsh cobs/ponies with a double cross of our Australian Stock Horses making her to be a perfect size for a youth rider. We are looking forward to seeing Britnee and Caru in the show ring this season.

Britnee Breneger on Riverway Caru

Tia Andrews is pictured below with her three-year-old bay gelding Silverthorn Sweeney. Sweeney has just been broken-in and is now in the process of show preparation with Tia. Sweeney is by Waikon Park Coolabah and from Elle Astra. Both sire and dam have produced some outstanding horses and we expect that Sweeney will be no exception.

Tia Andrews with Silverthorn Sweeney

All Breeds Foal Show,
Clarendon - 15th July, 2012

Since we have a nice Shotgun yearling filly (Silverthorn Fortune) in being prepared for the upcoming 2012 shows we decided to take her to the NSW All Breeds Foal Show for weanlings born 1st August, 2011 to 31st July 2012 which is run by the Welsh Pony & Cob Society.

We saw big numbers of foals of just about every breed you can think of - it really brings home to you that we're not the only ones busy preparing our stock for the coming spring competitions. The Hawkesbury Showground at Clarendon is a lovely venue, very suitable for youngsters on their first day out. Our Fortune behaved impeccably for Ashley who did a great job handling her in the ring. She was up against three other lovely fillies in two separate rings, placing third and fourth after a lot of deliberation from the judges. Mick Allen's buckskin filly, a half sister to her by Shotgun, named Benbrook Gunshy was also in the ASH filly ring and placing well. Two foals by the late St Ronan Abdul Smoke, bred by Tiffany Green, a smart bay gelding Celadon Exclusive, and an outstanding black colt Celadon Addiction were also competing with great success with Addiction having a great day to ultimately take out Grand Champion Open Foal - congratulations to Tiffany and Mick on your wins.

After a big day at the clinic at Raymond Terrace on the Saturday followed by a long day in Sydney, our Fortune was pleased to get home to have a well earned rest.

Silverthorn Fortune

Benbrook Gunshy

Line-up of four quality fillies

Horsemanship clinic at Riding for the Disabled Complex,
Raymond Terrace - 14th July, 2012

We had a lovely sunny day despite the wet weather in the days prior to our horsemanship clinic at the Riding for the Disabled Complex at Raymond Terrace. We really weren't affected by the wet since we used the very spacious undercover arena incorporated in the complex.

Mick Allen started the day with a demonstration of ground skills using techniques to develop soft, respectful horses. Two colts, a yearling and a three-year-old were used for this purpose, and both responded impressively to his approach. Later, Mick's second demonstration tailored to suit issues encountered with problem horses was equally impressive which had everyone eager to try new methods learned on their own horses.

On the day we had a good cross-section of riders, from novice through to experienced all willing to try new ways to improve their riding proficiency. Even though this was a one day clinic, to witness the turnaround with our novice riders in particular, it was very pleasing. With Paul's coaching, our experienced riders looking for more training techniques and were rewarded by having their horses going around very nicely, and others looking for guidance with their flying changes and rollbacks, were getting it right time after time.

Tiffany Green was, as usual, so kind in her approach, kept busy with our more novice riders before they progressed to Paul's more experienced group.

Our trainee Ashley spent much of the day preparing our yearling stock horse filly "Silverthorn Fortune" by ponying her off the impressive two-year-old gelding "Silverthorn Son of a Gun" owned by Selina and Andrew Nixon in readiness for the NSW State Foal Show held on the day after the clinic. Fortune is by Silverthorn Shotgun from Cee Dee Destiny (by Acres Destiny). Son of a Gun is by Silverthorn Shotgun from Barsham Prodigal Lass.

We had a few new faces, and as always, morning tea and lunch breaks brought everyone together making this a pleasant day to be had by all.

12th July, 2012

Pictured right is 16 year old Ashley Whiting who has recently joined the Silverthorn team. Together with our trainee Brittany Hetherington, Ashley will be studying Agriculture III through Taree TAFE College. We are looking forward to the spring when Ashley will be representing Silverthorn as our youth rider. We feel sure that Ashley is going to impress all who meet her with her exceptional horse skills and pleasant manner.

School holidays certainly add a dimension to our working days and these holidays were no exception with five keen granddaughters spending time with us. Pictured below are Brittany and Ashley with three of the granddaughters.

Our autumn/winter days are primarily being spent breaking-in and training our own as well as outside horses and ponies. How nice it is when we get such positive feedback from satisfied clients telling us that their newly trained/broken-in mount is going so well - makes the job so very satisfying. In the past we haven't mentioned comments received but plan to do so from here-on-in. Recently received was testimonial from prominent horsewoman and judge Mrs Glenda Lovell for her newly broken-in pony:

" ... Just wanting to thank you so much on the lovely job done on my 3yo Welsh B x Riding Pony gelding, when he came to you for breaking in early June, and picked up three weeks on. Summa Crockett has been riding for less than two weeks and last Sunday we ventured off to the Winter Woolies show on Sydney for his first outing under saddle. Can't tell how pleased we were with him when he won novice pony hack then intermediate pony hack (out of eight ponies) and the pony hack with a coloured registry. He was cool and got better each class. He then won and was champion led buckskin gelding, then saddled up again to win ridden gelding ne 14hh then worked like a seasoned horse for reserve champion ridden. Thanks again and I will be very happy to recomend your services to anyone feel free to give my name as a reference to any enquiries."

Several weeks ago we travelled over to AELEC Tamworth to watch the NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) annual futurity competition. According to the NCHA website the futurity has grown into the richest three-year-old performance horse event in Australia. It incorporates the best cutting seen anywhere, with the largest country/western rural trade display outside the metropolitan areas. Later, the NCHA sale auctioned some of the best bred performance horses in Australia. We thoroughly enjoyed watching these very talented young horses in competition and feel sure that there is a lot to be learned and applied to our own training techniques from the cutters.

Last weekend we travelled to Sydney to watch some of the New South Wales Reining Horse Association 24th Annual Futurity and State Championship Show held at Horseworld. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed watching these great horses, trainers and horsemen and women - so much so that we are planning to hold a Horsemanship Clinic with some of the Reiners here at Silverthorn in the not too distant future.

The following is an extract from the programme provided at the championships:

"What is reining? - Reining is a fast paced, action packed western discipline consisiting of flying lead changes, spins, rollbacks and of course the hallmark of reining and the reining horse, the sliding stop. All of these manoeuvres are executed with absolute precision and finesse showcasing the high level of training, skill and talent of both horse and rider. Reining originated as a way of proving which cow horse was best on a level playing field but has since flourished into an incredibly specialised sport. Every year a lot of money and effort goes into producing horses that are specifically bred to rein rather than the breeding of the past where horses did a little bit of everything. This is producing some of the most talented horses the world has ever had the privilege of seeing. Originating in the USA, reining has taken the world by storm, achieving huge success and a high standing right across Europe. The NSW Reining Horse Association has been around for over 20 years and Australia is actually one of the oldest reining countries outside the USA."

We have just purchased the six year old black Knights Jugaby gelding Silverthorn Durallie. We hadn't seen him since we sold him as a two-year-old and couldn't help but liken him to his sire Jugaby. "Jack" is a lovely imposing 15.2hh horse who has successfully competed in dressage and cross country. We are hoping that he will make a suitable mount for our trainee Ashley who will be requiring a competitive horse for ASH youth events.

Two young horses from our sale page - the St Ronan Abdul Smoke black filly Silverthorn Vanity Fair, and the Waikon Park Coolabah black gelding Silverthorn Coolabah Coal - have been sold. Vanity to Bec Harper and Coal to Bec's father Keith Cole. We wish Bec and Keith all the best with this lovely pair of youngsters and look forward to hearing of their progress.

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