Brittany with Guns and Roses in the Supreme Top Five Youngstock of the Show line-up

26th of January, 2013
Hunter Valley Summer Show, Salt Ash Sportsground

A day at a horse show was the perfect way for us to spend Australia Day - doing something we all really enjoy. Salt Ash Sportsground (also called Alexander Park), near Williamtown, is an exceptionally good ground and one we like to ride on. The Hunter Valley Summer Show is presented by Hunter Valley Arabians Inc with a very able and well organised committee with a varied programme with something for every breed or hack. Unfortunately, because of the very comprehensive overall programme, our stock horses classes were limited, so with a good turnout of stock horses, placings were hard won, but a first outing for our youngsters nevertheless.

Our promising two-year-olds - filly Silverthorn Guns and Roses (Silverthorn Shotgun x Montcalm Lucile), and gelding Silverthorn Oakwood (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Barsham Sunlast) - were unphased by the huge turnout of various horses, ponies and hacks - and vehicles. The big filly showed well in-hand for Brittany winning her ASH under 4 years class, and going on to being sashed in the top five for supreme led youngstock under 4 years of the show. Under saddle Guns and Roses performed well placing first in the ASH mare or filly class. Oakwood displayed lovely manners under Ashley's capable handling, missing out for a place in the ASH under 4 years, but taking out a second in the ASH male ridden class.

Sarah Hardes had her three-year-old filly Silverthorn Avril (Waikon Park Coolabah x Silverthorn Showgirl) going round really softly and who is a credit to the Hardes' Family and a source of pride to ourselves, her breeders. Avril went unplaced in her led class but was awarded 3rd in her ridden class. A tough day for youngstock with such limited opportunities for a place but well worth the effort for a first outing regardless.

Right: Sarah Hardes and her filly Silverthorn Avril

A shower of rain not enough to phase Ashley and Oakwood

Brittany riding Guns and Roses, and Sarah on Avril after the ASH ridden mare/filly ridden class

Ashley on Oakwood and Sarah on Avril

Three lovely Silverthorn youngsters, Guns and Roses, Oakwood and Avril

Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn

19th and 20th of January, 2013

With the extremely hot week leading up to our horsemanship clinic we were making plans to cool everyone down by taking time out with a dip in our beautiful, crystal clear Gloucester River. We ourselves had been swimming every day to cool off and our swims certainly helped us get through such a hot spell. Fortunately, the days turned out quite comfortable with a couple of light showers making everyone dive for raincoats and warmer clothing - hard to imagine we were all wilting only the day before!

Ashley and Brittany assisted Paul, and with Carolyn Murphy and Mark Ball helping us with the coaching over the weekend, we certainly covered a vast range of skills and techniques to be learned. One thing that we haven't done before, and we did this on request by some of our riders, was to spend some time learning to crack a stock whip and also to prepare a horse to take the whip. It only took a few minutes to desensitise a young mare who was previously afraid, to be calmly agreeing to the whole process, greatly pleasing her owner with her sensible acceptance.

As always, Carolyn's expertise in the field of dressage was greatly appreciated by one and all - her sessions are always very popular and rewarding. Mark's great experience as a cattleman and campdrafter and his wonderful way of imparting his wealth of knowledge created a new understanding of reading and working cattle with everyone who worked alongside him. Our thanks to these two very knowlegeable people who helped make our weekend the success it was.

Our grateful thanks too, to the ladies who brought along delicious contributions to our meal table, and to our oyster farmer friends who brought along the fresh oysters that were enjoyed by the oyster lovers of the group as a toothsome entree to our Saturday night dinner.

11th of January, 2013

Now that Christmas and New Year are behind us, it's back to normal after a short, but pleasant break with family and friends - despite the searing heat that seems to be nationwide.

During the break Paul and our friends Mick Allen and Ross Edwards put their energies into the construction of our new campdraft arena. It's certainly taking shape now with most of the rubber belting up and rails going on. Fortunately we have our own sawmill that was utilised to cut the timber required for the project.

With Brittany and Ashley having gone home for a well earned break over Christmas, Sarah Hardes came and gave us a hand over the holidays bringing with her, her three-year-old filly Silverthorn Avril (Waikon Park Coolabah x Silverthorn Showgirl). Sarah has the filly going really well and we were pleased to see great progress being made. Our own two-year-olds Sweet Charity, Guns and Roses, and Oakwood are all coming along nicely and we are looking forward to taking them to futurities this year.

Our horsemanship clinic on 19th and 20th of January is close to booked out and we are looking forward to seeing both new and old faces coming along. There will be a three day clinic held at the Bribbaree Showgrounds on 13th, 14th and 15th of April - see upcoming clinics for further information.

Seasons Greetings

How quickly the year has flown! Looking back through 2012, one wonders "did we do all that?"

This year saw two lovely and talented girls join us to live and breathe horses. Their talents and success in the show ring surpassed all our expectations with spectacularly successful results with our team of horses. Our year with Brittany and Ashley has been so very rewarding having them live with us, and sharing our day to day life, They have shared the joy of new born foals, the first ride on a young horse, the pride of a young horse's first outing, the thrill of a broad sash awarded, and the pleasure making new friends encountered through our activities, whether it be showing or through clients sitting at our table.

We thank all our wonderful friends and clients for their support during 2012 and look forward to another successful year for one and all.

Next Horsemanship Clinic - 19th and 20th of January, 2013

Due to popular demand, another horsemanship clinic at Silverthorn will be held early in the new year.

Book now to secure a place - $125 per day. Camping and meals provided.

16th December 2012

During November Paul and Mick Allen travelled down to Melbourne to the very popular Equitana. This is the third time they have made the trip and definitely not the last. They came home full of enthusiasm and ideas that they couldn't wait to try out on their own horses. As per usual, the shopping and displays were world-class - if you have never been to Equitana, do yourself a favour and go.

Two geldings from our sale page have been sold. Cataneal Joe went to Robyn Moat at Khancoban, NSW, and Silverthorn Durallie to Diana Brown of Warrandyte, Victoria. The lovely grey gelding Whiteash Tobin who we successfuly showed as a two and three-year-old has returned to his breeder Melanie McCallum at Somersby, NSW while his dam Rosebrook Mona continues to breed us quality foals. Mona produced a magnificent bay filly by Jugaby this year (Jubilee). and is now in foal to Shotgun - perhaps this time we'll get a grey.

After our very large and successful clinic here at Fairview during November, we are following up with another school in the new year - 19th and 20th of January - don't miss out!

We've just received news from Tabatha Moroney from Victoria of her success with four-year-old colt Silverthorn Carousel. Broken-in and trained by Tabatha, and first time out, Carousel took out Champion Junior Ridden of the show at the East Gippsland ASHS Branch Show over the weekend. Carousel is by St Ronan Abdul Smoke from Montcalm Jillaroo. Congratulations Tabatha and Stewart for such a wonderful result.

10th NSW All Breeds Youngstock & Ridden Newcomer Show - 2nd December, 2012

After a scorchingly hot day Saturday, Sunday saw a shift in the weather, making our day at the Youngstock Show, Clarendon much more comfortable than we had anticipated. This show is run by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society for all breeds of youngstock and we saw many breeds, from the very very tall to the very very small. Without exception, the quality and presentation of youngsters being shown here was top shelf. The hardworking WP&CS committee should be commended for the production of such a smooth running and enjoyable event.

We brought along our two-year-old Silverthorn Guns and Roses (Silverthorn Shotgun x Montcalm Lucile) for her first outing, together with the now seasoned yearling Silverthorn Fortune (Silverthorn Shotgun x Cee Dee Destiny). Fortune was placed third in a line-up of five lovely fillies and Guns and Roses placed first in her led class. The two-year-old took the whole experience in her stride, confidently taking-in the large gathering of horses, people, vehicles and the occasional helicopter flying overhead. We were very pleased with the the way she went under saddle, placing second in ridden any sex 3 years (Australian Stock Horse/Australian National Saddle Horse/Thoroughbred/Warmblood), and first in working stock horse any sex 3 years, and reserve champion working ASH.

Ashley did a great job with both the fillies, both in led and under saddle as can be seen here in the photos

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