Gloucester Show, 15-16th March, 2013

Brittany on Shotgun in working stallion class

It's always nice to show on home turf, and twice a year we get the opportunity to do this - in March our agricultural show, and later on in October, our ASHS Branch show. This is our last show attended before travelling down for the Sydney Royal Show, and this year, turned out to be only one week before.

For the stock horse events on the Friday we had the stallions Silverthorn Shotgun and Silverthorn Easy Acres; Selina and Andrew Nixon's three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Son of a Gun; our own three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Sweeney; and Karen Miles' three-year-old filly Cee Dee Copy Cat.

Under judge Peter McKay, Paul led Shotgun for Supreme led ASH exhibit. Brittany rode him to win Champion ASH Hack, second in the stallion working, and a first in the senior ASHLA.

Paul led Easy Acres for a second to Shotgun in his led class, and then rode him for a second in the stallion hack; and then won Champion Working.

Silverthorn Son of a Gun took out Reserve Champion Led ASH gelding. Silverthorn Sweeney placed third in his led class.

Karen Miles' filly Cee Dee Copy Cat, on her first outing, had a fantastic day with Ashley in the saddle. After a fourth in her led filly 2 and 3 years old, things changed dramatically with 7 first placings - maiden hack; stallion, mare or gelding hack 3 years and under; hack junior rider to 17 years; maiden working ASH; stallion; mare or gelding working 3yrs and under; and mare working; and junior ASHLA. Ashley and "Cat" also placed second in the mare hack, and third in the junior working horse, rider to 17 years. This combination also took out 3 reserve champion sashes - Reserve Champion Hack, Reserve Champion working, and Reserve Champion ASH Junior Rider - a great beginning indeed for a very promising filly.

On the Saturday, we returned to show two-year-old Australian Pony Stud Book filly Amaranda Joyfull to take out Champion APSB.

17th of March, 2013

Lots of activity here at the moment - main objective is the packing of the truck for Sydney Royal this week. Good luck to everyone participating - we're looking forward to catching up with you all down there.

Paul and Julie went over the Barrington Tops, through the dingo gate and down into Moonan Flat for hay last week. It's such a picturesque drive, we thought we'd share some pictures we took along the way. What a beautiful country we live in! As you can see the rivers are running fast after all the rains we have been receiving.

We heard from young Ainsley McGrath, new proud owner of the three-year-old Shotgun gelding Burrenview Doubleshot with news that within a day or two of getting him home, took him to Boorowa Show to win four ribbons - and one broad sash, reserve champion for ASH rider under 13. Great work Ainsley - what next?

Ainsley McGrath on Burrenview Doubleshot

Joe Lawrence commenced work on his yearling gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair (Silverthorn Eclipse x Crillee Amarillo Oak) this week - Jenita Lawrence took this lovely photo of Joe with "Dare". We look forward to receiving more news on Joe's progress with him.

Silverthorn Oaks Adair

Canberra Royal Show 2013

Ashley on My Girl

Paul with Shotgun in led stallion event

Our team have just returned home after a very successful Canberra Royal Show. All the hard work and effort that goes into the preparation for such a big show has all been worth the wonderful results achieved by them all.

Brittany rode Tiffany and Mick Allen's lovely black mare, Celadon Alibi, for a fourth in the ridden ANSA mare or gelding over 15hh and not exceeding 16hh out of a field of 38 - what a great start to the show!

The next day Ashley was awarded a beautiful trophy for winning the strongly contested ASH Junior Judging competition (25 entrants) - a very pleasing result. Paul led Silverthorn My Girl out for a first in her led mare class, and then champion mare (48 mares and fillies in all) . Shotgun placed fifth in the led stallion class, and the two-year-old filly Silverthorn Guns and Roses went unplaced.

S & A Nixon's Shotgun gelding Silverthorn Son of a Gun placed second in the 3 year-old led ASH gelding.

Paul with two-year-old Silverthorn Guns and Roses

Brittany on Silverthorn Guns and Roses waiting in the two-year-old ridden line-up

Paul leading My Girl

Tiffany and Mick Allen's typey two-year-old gelding Benbrook Marksman (Silverthorn Shotgun x Pink Silk) took out champion ASH gelding - congratulations Tiff and Mick.

Mick Allen with two-year-old gelding Benbrook Marksman being sashed Champion ASH Gelding - Marksman is by Silverthorn Shotgun

Ashley rode My Girl really well for a first in hack mare, and a second in the curb bit event. From a field of 11 stallions, Brittany rode Shotgun beautifully for a convincing first in the ASH Stallion Hack.

When it came to Champion ASH Hack, after having won firsts in their classes, Ashley on Girl, and Brittany on Shotgun, both were in with a chance for this prestigious award. After watching all seven finalists, the final outcome could have gone to any one of them, but as luck would have it, Ashley on My Girl was called forward to be presented with the champion sash and trophy rug.

Then came the working classes with Ashley on My Girl being awarded second place in the ASH mare working. Brittany was pleased with Shotgun's performance but this time they were out of the placings.

We were so happy to have done so well during the show, and with one final event to compete in - Supreme Ridden ASH - we were all cheering when Ashley on Girl did a huge lengthened trot at the end of a faultless, free workout. Imagine the excitement when this pair were called forward to be announced Supreme Ridden Australian Stock Horse!

Supreme Ridden Australian Stock Horse

Together with Mick and Tiff Allen and our pony pals, who were also experiencing a spectacular show, it was a very happy camp that night indeed.

And a couple of videos below from the event produced by Top Horse. The first is an interview with judge Huon Smith, and the second shows the Supreme Ridden workout, and the 3rd video the Supreme Led.

25th February, 2013

Even though we are remotely situated we are never short of visitors and recently Jenita and Joe Lawrence with young Ainsley McGrath, paid us a visit to pick up the two young horses they had purchased. Ainsley is now the proud owner of Burrenview Doubleshot (Silverthorn Shotgun x Kindred Stud Music Time) who was formerly owned and trained by Elizabeth Northwood (nee McKelvey); and Joe, the yearling chestnut gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Silverthorn Eclipse).

During his time as a trainee with us, Joe took a special liking to the sire of Adair, and after his own mare had an outstanding foal by "Freckles", he approached us to see what else might be available for sale by this horse. Adair was always outstanding as a foal and we feel that he is going to make a great show prospect for Joe.

Ainsley, first day home with Burrenview Doubleshot

Joe with yearling gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair

As always, it was a treat to have Joe back, even for a short while, and in no time at all, he was in the saddle, down on the flat, working horses with Paul, Brittany and Ashley.

Brittany, Joe, Paul and Ashley, on youngsters in training

Paul and Ashley changing mounts

Pictured here is Silverthorn Fortune (Silverthorn Shotgun x Cee Dee Destiny), the lovely yearling filly that we have nominated for the Fountain of Youth Sale at the 2013 ASHS Nationals at Tamworth in May. Fortune has been very successful in the show ring to date, and will continue to be shown this season.

Gloucester Branch ASHS

At the recent Gloucester Branch ASHS annual dinner and presentation night Paul, Brittany, Kylie Blanch and Ashley were awarded trophies for points accumulated last year.

Pictured here are branch trophy winners for 2012 (left to right back row) President Robert Watchirs, Janette Murray, Kylie Blanch, Paul, Ashley, and Jason Gizzi; (front row) Wyatt Young, Brittany, Teresa Wilson, and Courtney Robertson.

Paul and Silverthorn Easy Acres took out open overall hi-point horse/rider, with runner-up open working horse, winner open hack, and winner open challenge.

Knights Jugaby was winner led horse with Paul; and equal winner open cut-out horse with Kylie Blanch.

Silverthorn Fortune was runner-up led horse.

Brittany and Silverthorn Shotgun were runner-up open dressage

Ashley and Silverthorn My Girl were runner-up junior dressage horse and equal runner-up junior challenge (a good effort for Ashley and My Girl as Ashley had only been with us for six months when pointscore cut off.

The Gloucester Branch ASHS ASHLA ladies committee campaigned last year to promote ASHLA within our branch with a cash incentive of $300 for senior highest point score champion, and $300 for junior highest point score champion with the sponsorship of Leighton Holdings. To our delight Brittany won the senior section, and Courtney Robertson was the lucky junior ASHLA to take out the junior section. Brittany wishes to thank the ASHLA committee and Leighton Holdings for making this award possible.

Brittany also took out runner-up dressage on Shotgun, while Ashley rode My Girl for dressage winner, with Fortune took out led winner.

ASHLA trophy winners, from left, Courtney Robertson, Tina Robinson, Teresa Wilson, Marie Gregory, Brittany and Ashley

A really enjoyable evening was had catching up with branch members and friends. The tastefully decorated Barrington Hall was the perfect venue, and the dinner provided was second to none. The dutch auction and ensuing party game after presentations and dinner kept everyone on their toes and in high spirits.

So nice to see Gloucester Branch youth rewarded for their outstanding achievements during 2012 - they certainly do us proud and are a credit to the community.

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