Cumberland Branch ASHS Show
Hawksbury Showground, Clarendon
20th and 21st of October, 2012

Ashley Whiting on Silverthorn My Girl - Supreme Ridden Youth and Supreme Ridden Exhibit

Paul and Ashley travelled down to Sydney for the 40th Anniversary Cumberland Branch Show and Futurities held at Hawksbury Showground, Clarendon last weekend. Over the years whenever we attended a Cumberland Branch's show we have always found the experience enjoyable, catching up with their friendly and welcoming members. This branch runs a well thought out and comprehensive programme which draws excellent competition which brings out the best in all of us.

They caught up with many friends and acquaintances, and in Ashley's case, family. As indicated above, the show was well attended, especially by many successful and prominent stock horse people.

Paul and Ashley took with them the yearling Silverthorn Fortune, the stallion Silverthorn Easy Acres and mare Silverthorn My Girl.

Judges for the duration of the show were Jason and Karen Fry, Dianne Hayden, and Eileen Stewart.

The first day started for us with the led yearling futurity which saw our filly Fortune unplaced in a long line-up of lovely fillies, but later in the day, in the same company, she placed third in the led yearling filly. Obviously the quality of the fillies was high and choices were hard to make - it would seem the placings were a matter of personal preference as far as judging was concerned.

Champion and Reserve Champion Working Horse ne 15hh

Ashley had an enormously successful day in the youth events which culminated with taking out the Isobel Best Memorial for Supreme Ridden Youth Horse as well as being the overall winner of the 13 and under 18 years Challenge on Silverthorn My Girl. Ashley was first in Handler 15 and under 18 years, then Reserve Champion Handler - 13 and under 18 years; and on Girl placed second in her riding class, and first in Working Horse - Rider 15 and under 18 years, then Champion in the Working Horse - Rider 13 and under 18 years event. In the dressage arena second placings were achieved in both the Preliminary 1A and Novice 2A under 18 years events.

On day two in the open events Ashley and Girl picked up where they took off on with another hugely successful day taking out the Yvonne Lee Memorial Champion Hack not exceeding 15hh, Champion Working horse not exceeding 15hh, and then the ultimate prize, the Boyd Flint Memorial Supreme Ridden Exhibit. Firsts were won in open hack not exceeding 15hh; childs hack not exceeding 15hh, and the ASHLA event 13 and under 18 years.

Presentation of the Boyd Flint Memorial Supreme Ridden Exhibit trophy

Paul had a good day on Easy Acres with a second in his led stallion event and then a first in his working stallion not exceeding 15hh. Easy was ultimately Reserve Champion Working Horse not exceeding 15hh to My Girl's Champion. In a very strong field of four-year-olds, Easy placed third overall in the four-year-old maturity. A very nice result for Silverthorn horses.

We saw young Brooke Joyner on her gelding Silverthorn Newsflash also enjoying success with Flash proudly sporting a trophy rug sponsored by Wyong Creek Produce for the highest placed intermediate rider in the 4 year old futurity. Well done Brooke.

We would like to thank both Cumberland Branch for their hospitality, and their wonderful sponsors for their generosity to make this a truly fantastic show.

Brooke Joyner on Silverthorn Newsflash - Highest Placed Intermediate Rider in the 4-year-old futurity

16th October, 2012

It's so nice to be home after all the travelling we've done of late, to catch our breaths before we're off again - next weekend County of Cumberland ASHS Branch Show to be held at Hawkesbury Showground, near Sydney.

Since our last general update two more foals have arrived, a brown colt for Barsham Prodigal Lass (dam of the well performed Silverthorn Son of a Gun) - to be named Silverthorn Stun Gun, and a chestnut Conductor colt from the beautiful Acres Destiny mare Cee Dee Destiny - to be named Silverthorn Concertino. We are looking forward to one more mare to foal, Silverthorn Belladonna very soon. We have decided not to breed many mares this year as we are still endeavouring to catch up with a back-log of two and three-year-olds still to be broken-in.

In our recent travels we've come across a lot of Silverthorn horses enjoying success. Not sure of all their results but we are often seeing them in high placings. We've seen the young gelding Sweeney with Tia Andrews, Brooke Joyner with Newsflash, the Fangmeir girls with their geldings Lucky Strike and Wills, Skye Maytom and her gelding Seeker, and the Strelitz family with Elliette.

Paul spent last week at the ASHS Youth Nationals, Scone, strapping for trainee Ashley who was riding her friend's gelding throughout the show. Paul was kept occupied the whole time with young people who have been receiving coaching from him and he derived much pleasure in being able to help them with their training and preparation for their classes during this huge show.

We've had word from Mel Kermond of Moray Downs Station who purchased our lovely mare Bundaleer Park Tamara with news of success already - a second in the maiden draft at Twin Hills, Qld, with consistent cut-out scores of 22's - congratulations Mel. Also, we hope you are on the road to recovery from that near fatal snake bite from one of those deadly browns, you received recently.

Manning River A&H Society Inc (Taree Show)
13th October, 2012

We prepared five horses for Taree Show (including the two-year-old Australian Pony Stud Book filly, Amaranda Joyfull) and enjoyed a successful day with each of them.

The day was fine and the ground good to work on. In the led events under judge Mr Kim Moy our yearling Fortune won champion ASH yearling; the mare My Girl was champion ASH mare; the stallion Shotgun champion ASH stallion, and the gelding Durallie was reserve champion ASH gelding. And to top it off, in the line-up of stallion, mare, yearling, gelding, and junior horse for supreme champion ASH - Fortune the yearling took it out. A nice win for the youngster in our team. The pony filly Joyfull won Champion Australian Pony Stud Book.

Silverthorn Fortune, Champion ASH Yearling, Supreme Led Champion ASH

We thought we'd bring Durallie, the brown Jugaby gelding (who is on our sale page) for an outing and to our delight, in the hands of our trainee Ashley, excelled himself with wins in his led class, then as mentioned above, reserve champion led ASH gelding; maiden hack, gelding hack, then reserve champion ASH hack; first in the maiden working and a second in the gelding working.

Silverthorn Durallie, first in maiden working

Brittany had a good day on Shotgun with firsts in stallion hack, stallion working, and Senior ASHLA as well as Champion ASH Stallion in his led class.

Silverthorn Shotgun, first in stallion working

Ashley and Girl continue their successful partnership with wins in mare hack, hack ridden by a youth 13 and under 18 years, mare working; working horse ridden by a youth 13 and under 18 years; and Junior ASHLA, as well as taking out Champion ASH Mare, Champion ASH Hack, and Champion Working ASH.

Judge Kim Moy with Ashley riding Silverthorn My Girl and
Silverthorn Durallie, Champion and Reserve Champion ASH Hack.

Ashley on Silverthorn My Girl Champion Working

Our sincere thanks to Trailrace who sponsored Supreme Led ASH, Champion ASH Hack and Champion ASH Working.

2012 NSW ASH Breeders Championships and Futurities
6th and 7th October
White Park, Scone

This show is held straight on the heels of the ASHS Youth Nationals, same venue - enabling people attending the Youth Show to stay the extra couple of days to compete. A big effort for all those good families with children to attend both shows. The days were glorious and the ground itself excellent. Three rings in progress, under judges Beryl Gilshenan, Michelle Hall and Anna King.

To get to Scone from here, we travel over the Barrington Tops, climbing through both rugged and wide open picturesque country, on a mostly gravel road down into the Hunter Valley on a trip that takes about two and a half hours. We see all sorts of native wildlife, as well as sometimes getting a glimpse of the wild brumbies that run on the tops. The pictures below that highlight our byline "From the high country ..... to the main arena" are typical of the sights seen on the way.

The four horses we took with us all had a good show, the yearling filly Silverthorn Fortune placed second in her led yearling filly class and fifth in the yearling futurity led filly.

Silverthorn Fortune placing second in the yearling filly class and below
Paul standing Fortune up for judge Michelle Hall in the yearling futurity class

We saw a few other Silverthorn horses enjoying success including Silverthorn Wills belonging to the Fangmeir Family and Silverthorn Elliette of the Strelitz Family. Wills, Elliette and My Girl are all from Six S Stud Charity; Wills by Waikon Park Coolabah; and Elliette and My Girl by Montcalm Luke. We also saw Benbrook Marksman, two-year-old gelding by Shotgun place well in both his led and futurity classes.

Mick Allen with Benbrook Marksman, first in a lovely line-up of two-year-old geldings

Jade Fangmeir riding Silverthorn Wills in the riders under 18 years dressage test

Full sisters, Silverthorn Elliette (left) belonging to the Strelitz Family and (right) our own Silverthorn My Girl

Silverthorn Easy Acres, our black 4 year old colt also had a good show with a third in his led stallion class, second in his stallion hack, and 4th overall in the open challenge.

Brittany with Silverthorn Shotgun, placed fourth in his led stallion class, third in his open working stallion class, fifth in his curb bit hack, and fourth in the dressage.

Brittany riding Shotgun in the dressage test

Ashley had an excellent show with a fourth in the Juvenile Judging; and on Silverthorn My Girl placed fourth in the hack rider 15 and under 18yrs; first and Champion in the Working ASH, Rider Under 18 yrs, fourth in the junior ASHLA, fourth in the open working mare, and won the Junior Challenge.

Our future judges

Ashley and My Girl (centre) on the ring in the hack rider 15 and under 18 yrs (14 in this class)

Morisset Annual Spring Ag Show
1st October, 2012

Paul on Shotgun in the ridden ASH for champion

Enroute to the ASHS National Youth Show at Scone, we detoured to Morisset for Shotgun to have an outing for performance points to enter Sydney Royal 2013. He had a good day in both the ANSA and ASHS rings under judge Narelle Toole. Many other competitors were like-minded in the run-up to Sydney and we had to work hard for points earned.

Shotgun placed first in led ANSA stallion and took out reserve champion led ANSA. In the ridden ANSA stallion he placed first. In the stock horse ring he won the led ASH stallion and was ultimately champion led ASH. Paul rode him for a first in the ridden stallion event and a second in the working stock horse stallion; and in a strong line up of first place-getters from the ridden and working classes, was awarded champion ridden stock horse.

Mick Allen and Tiffany Green were very successful with their geldings Silverthorn Spiderwick - led and under saddle; and Benbrook Marksman (by Silverthorn Shotgun) in his ASH led gelding class. Melanie McCallum had her filly Silverthorn Imogen (Silverthorn Eclipse x Waikon Park Coolabah) there, also staking claim on some placings.

A lovely line-up of horses for the ridden ASH champion

Mick Allen with two-year-old gelding Benbrook Marksman under scrutiny in the led gelding 2 and under 4 years class

Tiffany Green on Silverthorn Spiderwick (first) and Melanie McCallum on Silverthorn Imogen (third)

Eastern ASHS Branch Show, Singleton
29th and 30th of September, 2012

Paul on Easy in the working stallion under 15hh

With a 7.30am start it was all hands on deck to have the horses prepared and ready for their events at the Eastern Branch Show in Singleton. First up were the led classes in which stallion Easy Acres and yearling filly Fortune took part. In a long line-up of well presented quality stallions under 15hh Easy placed a creditable third; but Fortune was not so lucky, being out of the ribbons in a line-up of lovely well grown fillies - she behaved impeccably, but looked rather small against the bigger fillies.

It was a very long weekend with classes under judges James and Fiona Beer being huge and well attended. The day was warm enough but the wind was so strong that hats were being blown off left, right and centre, and causing the stewards havoc keeping papers and ribbons together.

Judge Fiona Beer with Ashley and Fortune prior to their led workout and below

Ashley placed fourth on My Girl in the mare under 15hh working

Ashley rode the mare My Girl for a second in the mare hack 15hh and under; a 5th in the mare working 15hh and under, and a 5th in the youth ASHLA. She also took part in the junior judging in which four of the participants placed their horses the same way as the judge - Ashley was one of these - we're waiting on results to see how she scored.

Paul had an excellent day with Easy placing second in the stallion working under 15hh, and gentleman's hack; and first in the stallion hack under 15hh.

Paul on Easy in the stallion hack under 15hh

26th September, 2012

We have set a date for a two day horsemanship clinic here at Silverthorn Stud for the weekend of 24th and 25th of November. If you would like to participate please contact us for bookings. Camping, yards, shower and toilet facilities available. meals provided - $125 per day inclusive.

We are conducting a clinic for The Central Tablelands ASHS Branch at Gulgong Showgrounds on 3rd and 4th of November - see coming events for further details (right hand side of this page).

We are returning to Armidale for a return clinic for The New England Branch ASHS prior to the ASH Nationals on 20th and 21st of April, 2013. Watch for further details.

Some really nice feedback from recent clinics has been received, the latest was a letter from the Moss Vale Branch President, Pat Lacey:

... I am writing to say a very big thank you from the Moss Vale Branch for instructing at our clinic over the last weekend. All I have heard has been untold praise for the way you and Brittany conducted the clinic. Every one of the participants came away from the weekend feeling that they had improved their ability to ride and control their horse.

My parents, who were merely fence sitters, remarked how obvious it was that each of the riders and their horses had improved from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. We have conducted many clinics over the past five years but this is the first time that they have seen such improvement in participants and horses in such a short time.

That is a resounding compliment on your approach to coaching and one that both the riders and the spectators fully appreciated....

Silverthorn Eclipse presented us with a fine upstanding bay colt by Silverthorn Easy Acres this morning - Eclipse has been a great performance mare for us, and is now one of our best producing mares. We are still waiting on four mares to foal by stallions Silverthorn Shotgun, Conductor, and Silverthorn Easy Acres.

Shotgun had a very busy season with outside mares last year and we have been hearing from very pleased clients of the lovely foals that are now arriving.

Brittany and Shotgun in the working stock horse not exceeding 15hh

Singleton Agricultural Show
23rd September, 2012

Singleton Show is one of the first shows in the Hunter Valley for the season, a nice show to start with before the ASHS shows begin - next week is the Eastern Branch ASHS Show at Singleton, followed by the ASHS Youth Nationals during the following week at Scone, then on the weekend after that is the NSW Breeders Championships. again at Scone.

Although we found the ground to be very dry and dusty, the day itself was sunny and warm with a nice cool breeze at times. The area allocated to the stock horse ring had been used for the campdraft two days earlier, hence the extreme dust experienced. In saying this, the harrowed ground made a really nice safe working surface for the ridden events.

Our team had a good day with the yearling Silverthorn Fortune, stallion Silverthorn Shotgun, and mare Silverthorn My Girl. It was lovely to see two other young Silverthorn horses enjoying success at the show - Silverthorn Sweeney with Tia Andrews, and Silverthorn Newsflash with Brooke Joyner.

The day started with led classes in which we showed Fortune and Shotgun, and in a lineup of beautiful fillies, Fortune won her yearling filly class; after winning champion stallion, Shotgun took out supreme led ASH of the show.

Pictured here is Brittany on Shotgun with the supreme led ASH trophy in the foreground

It was so nice to see Shotgun lined up with three youngsters sired by him, also enjoying success in their own right. Fortune winning her filly class; Benbrook Gunshy, the lovely buckskin filly belonging to Mick Allen placing second to Fortune; and the two-year-old gelding Benbrook Marksman, the striking new kid on the block taking out champion ASH gelding. Nice individual comments from judge Toni Bull for all of them - noting their lovely movement and refinement.

Mick Allen and his typey Silverthorn Shotgun filly, Benbrook Gunshy, and
Ashley with yearling Silverthorn fortune

Benbrook Marksman, first in ASH gelding 2 years and under 4 years and champion ASH gelding

Brittany rode Shotgun for a first in the ASHLA with Ashley placing second on My Girl. Ashley also placed second in the juvenile rider 13yrs and under 18 years, riding My Girl.

We saw Tia Andrews collect a few ribbons on her three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Sweeney (Waikon Park Coolabah x Elle Astra) and she is pictured below taking out first in the novice hack over 15hh.

Brooke Joyner riding Silverthorn Newsflash (St Ronan Abdul Smoke x Riverway Marielle)

Gloucester Branch ASHS Led and Performance Show,
8th and 9th of September, 2012

Time Trial component of the Juvenile Challenge

Julie and Ashley attended the two-day Gloucester Branch ASHS Led and Performance Show, Challenge and Campdraft held at the showground in Gloucester, taking with them yearling filly Silverthorn Fortune (Cee Dee Destiny x Silverthorn Shotgun), and mare Silverthorn My Girl. The days were fine and sunny, but gusty winds did whip up a lot of dust due to the dry weather that has been experienced lately. Nevertheless it was a good show for the Ashley/My Girl combination, both in the open and youth events under judges Kim Fraser and Sam Davidge.

First up were the led classes in which we had the yearling filly Fortune take out second place in a nice line-up of quality fillies.

Next were the open hack and working classes which ran concurrently in two rings. Ashley rode Girl for wins in both rings and was ultimately awarded Champion Hack and Reserve Champion Working. The pleasure hack was next and Ashley and Girl were lucky enough to win this event in a huge field of horses. At the end of a long day - just on dark - the winners and place-getters of the open, junior and juvenile challenge were announced. In the juvenile challenge, Ashley was the overall winner of this event with wins in all three components of the competition - hack, working and time trial. In the dressage, under judge Ross Green, they placed a creditable third.

The following day started bright and early with the junior judging where in her age group Ashley placed second. Then came wins in the ASHLA, Stockmans Turnout, junior hack 15-18 years, junior working 15-18 years; and ultimately Junior Champion Hack and Junior Working Champion.

A very nice result for Ashley and My Girl - especially as My Girl was only just brought in from a spell this week and Ashley hadn't had the opportunity to ride her prior to this.

13th September, 2012

Since our last news update we've seen the arrival of an outstanding chestnut filly from Silverthorn Madalyn by Easy, been to Bundanoon for a clinic with the Moss Vale ASHS Branch, and attended the Gloucester Branch ASHS Show. Last weekend Paul and Brittany headed off for the clinic while Julie and Ashley headed into town for two days of our Branch Show. This week's highlight was having last year's trainee Joe Lawrence spend several days with us before returning home with his mare heavy in foal to Crillee Amarillo Oak, our chestnut Docs Freckles Oak stallion.

Heading off for a day's cattlework - Paul on Easy Acres, Joe on Cataneal Joe, Ashley on My Girl, and Brittany on Durallie.

Joe has been campaigning his filly Silverthorn Sugar Glider (Barsham Sunrising x Waikon Park Coolabah) at a few shows down Temora way, and is very pleased with the way she has been performing. Old Coolabah has certainly made his mark with the quality foals he put on the ground.

Moss Vale Branch ASHS Clinic
at Bundanoon on 8th and 9th of September, 2012

A long drive, but so well worth the trip to find such a keen and friendly group of people, openly receptive to new ideas and training methods. Paul and Brittany were warmly received and very well looked after by members of the Moss Vale ASHS Branch at the Bundanoon Pony Club Grounds last weekend.

We've had some nice feed back from participants and below is an excerpt from an email received: "....My son participated in a 2 day clinic recently, conducted by Paul Wardell of Silverthorn ASH Stud. It was, without a doubt, the best clinic we have ever attended. Paul's ability to communicate with everyone, from ages 9 through to 74 years, was incredible. He was able to cater for every level of horsemanship, from beginner to advanced and everything in between. He gave individual instruction, yet still kept the group involved and learning through watching and analysing each other's turn. The pace of the clinic was perfect. Participants were "on task" all the time and the improvement was noticeable within the first hour of instruction. It only got better as the days progressed. Each and every participant came away from that clinic a better rider. Paul solved all sorts of problems for the riders, from confidence issues to all kinds of riding-related quirks. Every rider came away with such positive things to say about the experience. The horses were grateful, as they were all ridden a lot "softer" by the end of the 2 days.

I have been in education for 20 years and I have never met a better communicator and more natural teacher than Paul Wardell. We are lucky he is so willing to share his amazing knowledge and skills with us. We can't wait for the next clinic! We'll all be there for more of the same! The stockhorse world is a better place for Paul's being part of it." Shane Power

New England Branch ASHS Clinic at New England Girls Grammar School,
Armidale on 1st and 2nd of September, 2012

Paul and Brittany travelled over to Armidale for a clinic with the New England Branch ASHS held at the New England Girls Grammar School's beautiful equestrian centre.

The clinic was conducted in one of the school's two indoor arena’s, and our horses were stabled in the new stable complex, with hot and cold wash bays. The school also has a cross-country course, and approximately 30 new horse rail paddocks for agistment purposes.

It was a really good weekend, and to see pleasure on riders' faces as they mastered new techniques was very rewarding indeed.

Another school for this branch is planned just before the ASH Nationals which is held in March, 2013.

Pictured here is Adelaide Scott and Laura Strelitz with Paul and Brittany.

Comments received after the clinic:

"It was a fantastic weekend and we already have more than enough people wanting to come again. Some of the fence-sitters on Sunday now want to come to the next one!!! I'm all fired up for the competions ahead and look foward to continuing on with the training I received this weekend as it will only improve my performance in the ring. We came home this weekend better riders!!!!'

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