Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn
24th and 25th of November, 2012

We were very fortunate to have fine weather for our clinic weekend. On Saturday conditions were intermittently sunny and overcast and on Sunday we experienced warm to hot and humid which built up to a torrential cloud burst during our lunch break - the afternoon then fined up for cooler conditions for the remainder of the day.

We saw a few new faces as well as many who have enjoyed our weekends on other occasions. It was pleasing to watch horses that we have had stay here in the past for training, going around nicely for their riders.

We were very fortunate to have other experts-in-their-field give us a hand with the coaching making the days run smoothly and without pause. Our thanks to Mrs Carolyn Murphy, Mark Ball, and Mick Allen for their patience and wonderful communication skills. Carolyn's time was spent assisting riders on the dressage/hack side of things; Mark, a veteran campdrafter, helped riders with their cattle work skills using both the mechanical cow and later, a small mob of cattle; Mick demonstrated ground skills with young horses using techniques favoured by many prominent trainers both here in Australia and America; and our own trainees Brittany and Ashley who spent much of their time enforcing skills riders had just learned under Paul's guidance, just to keep the momentum going. Many times one would glance over and see the girls changing horses with participants to establish an understanding of what riders should be asking of their horses and to get the feel of a fully educated mount who would respond immediately to aids being demonstrated.

Tea-breaks made for a welcome respite giving everyone a chance to refresh and recoup and ready to go again. With Christmas just around the corner we got into the festive mode by putting up the coloured lights and lanterns, and for good measure, cranked up the music for our Saturday evening barbecue. These social gatherings are very much enjoyed by all giving everyone a chance to mingle, and to have a sit-down chat to our coaches. Our thanks must also go to many of the ladies who brought along some culinary delights that were greatly appreciated by all.

14th November 2012

The Central Tablelands ASHS Branch school at Gulgong Showground on 3rd and 4th of November went really well. Paul found the Branch members to be positive in their approach to new ideas and training methods and their ability to apply new skills learned to their horses was impressive. Our thanks to you all for such a wonderful reception. Gulgong Showground proved to be an excellent venue for both riders and their horses.

With the show season winding down for the summer months, our energies are now focused on the breaking-in and training tasks at hand. We currently have all breeds in our stables for breaking-in or training, from gentle giants down to small ponies. Tickles the funny bone sometimes to see these vastly contrasting breeds lined up for work each day. In saying this, the bulk of horses being broken-in or trained here are Australian Stock Horses. We have a few youngsters of our own on the agenda - the first of Crillee Amarillo Oak's ("Freckles") progeny coming through and they are very pleasing to the eye as well as extremely quiet and trainable.

Our last foal arrived, a tidy black colt from Silverthorn Belladonna by Silverthorn Easy Acres - to be named Coalminer. Pictures of our last three foals can now be seen on our Youngsters page.

Joe Lawrence on Silverthorn Sugar Glider

Pictured here is Joe Lawrence on Silverthorn Sugar Glider, his three-year-old Waikon Park Coolabah filly after placing second in the three-year-old futurity at Riverina ASH Branch Show recently. Joe's very pleased with this filly and feels that she has a great future ahead of her. We look forward to seeing them out and about early next year.

The Fangmeier girls are having a good run with their geldings Silverthorn Wills and Silverthorn Lucky Strike (both geldings by Waikon Park Coolabah). At the NSW Breeders Show at Scone Jade and Wills won the Dressage 1A and placed second in the 2A; and Carlie placed 5th in the 2A. They also had a great show day at their own Branch (New England) with Jade and Wills taking out the Champion Hack. There were many good horses and riders in the champion line-up making it a really good win for Jade. Carlie did extremely well with Lucky Strike over the same weekend winning her age events - pleasure hack and novice working. Carlie won the six bar and jumping round at held at Bundarra on Lucky. Then at the Zone 13 Dressage Championships both girls had four tests each with Jade winning all of hers and Carlie second, bringing home highest pointscore and three championships. Well done girls, congratulations on your great wins.

And now, in news just received, in addition to their wonderful wins recently, at the Northern Branch ASHS Show at Gunnedah last weekend while Carlie brought home her first two champions - Champion Juvenile Rider and Champion Novice Hack on Lucky Strike, Jade took out the Champion Open Hack and Champion Juvenile Hack on Wills.

Tia Andrews has quietly been notching up some good wins on her gelding Silverthorn Sweeney - another Waikon Park Coolabah horse. Firsts in the under 15hh novice, and four-year-old hack, and a second in the youth utillity at Castle Hill Show. Keep up the good work Tia, we're looking forward to seeing this young horse make his debut at Sydney Royal 2013.

Sarah Hardes has just started showing two-year-old Silverthorn Avril (by Waikon Park Coolabah).This very attractive filly has been having some good wins and places in dressage, led and hack events. Great work for such a young, just-started filly.

Sarah Hardes on Silverthorn Avril at Dungog Show

It must be very satisfying for Waikon Park Coolabah's breeder Ray Reynolds to see old Coolabah live on in these exciting young horses so full of potential, Coolabah is also sire of Karen Miiles' well performed mare Cee Dee Bracelette being campaigned by Tina Bridge. Luckily we have retained fillies by Coolabah and already they are producing outstanding stock. Coolabah was full brother to Waikon Park Abray - an outstanding champion campdraft horse that is remembered by many in the campdraft world.

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