Hunter Valley Spring Show at Salt Ash - 25th August, 2013

A wonderful show committee work tirelessly to produce this well-run and coordinated event that is enjoyed by all at Salt Ash Sportsground, Salt Ash.

Australian Stock Horses were the feature breed and a very comprehensive programme allowed us plenty of opportunity to get our horses back into the show mode after the winter break.

Our girls Brittany and Ashley had a good day under judge Anne McClelland of Young, with successes on the mare Silverthorn My Girl, the three-year-old filly Silverthorn Guns and Roses and Ashley's three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Oakwood.

April Spriggs enjoyed a day out with us showing our chestnut filly Cee Dee Copy Cat for a first in her led mare class, and then Reserve Champion Led ASH Mare.

April Spriggs on Cee Dee Copy Cat

Brittany led Guns and Roses for a win in her led filly two and three years, and then Champion Led Junior ASH. Brittany and this filly then took out firsts in ASHLA rider 21 years and over; novice ASH hack; ASH hack under four years; ASH hack mare over 15hh; ASH hack over 15hh, ridden in a curb bit; and finally Champion ASH Hack. In the working classes, a third in Novice Working ASH, and a second in Working ASH under 4 years. A great result for Brittany and this youngster.

Brittany on Guns and Roses, Champion ASH Hack; Ashley on My Girl, Reserve Champion ASH Hack.

First and second places to Silverthorn mares (Ashley on My Girl, Holly on Avril)

The Ashley/MyGirl duo were on fire - firstly in the Show Hunter Galloway ring with firsts in Novice Show Hunter Galloway 14.2hh ne 15hh and Adults Show Hunter Galloway; 2nd in Open Show Hunter Galloway 14hh ne 15hh; and a third in Open Show Hunter Galloway 14.2hh ne 15hh. They then moved into the ASH ring to win Child's ASH Hack under 15hh and Champion Child's ASH Hack under 18 Years; first in ASH rider 13 years and under 18 years and Champion ASH Rider under 18 years; 1st in ASH hack ne 15hh, ridden in a curb bit, and then Reserve Champion Hack to Silverthorn Gun and Roses. In the working classes they won working ASH mare and working ASH Child and then Champion Working ASH.

Ashley also had success with her gelding Oakwood with a third in his Led Gelding 2 and 3 years class; 3rd in Novice ASH Hack, 2nd in ASH Hack under 4 years, and a first in ASH Gelding over 15hh. In the working classes "Woody" placed first in both Novice Working ASH and Working ASH under 4 years.

Holly Clayden and Silverthorn Avril, Brooke Joyner on Silverthorn Newsflash, and Sarah Hardes on Rippingale Joys Ragtime all had an excellent day in the ribbons making us very proud to be associated with these keen up-and-coming young riders.

And PS - Julie and her pony Amaranda Joyfull had success winning Australian Pony under four years.

Silverthorn Guns and Roses - Champion ASH Hack

Brooke proudly coming out of the hack ring sashed with Reserve Champion Rider under 17 years.

Holly on Silverthorn Avril

ASH Hack under 4 years - Brittany (S. Guns and Roses), Ashley (S. Oakwood), and Sarah (Rippingale Joys Ragtime)

30th August, 2013

We were well represented at Condobolin Show, out in the central west last weekend with Joe Lawrence with his filly Silverthorn Sugar Glider, and gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair and young Ainsley McGrath on her Silverthorn Shotgun gelding Burrenview Doubleshot.

Ainsley won the time trial, and placed second in the Under 13 Years Hack, the working, and the pleasure hack.

Ainsley McGrath in the time trial on her Shotgun gelding Burrenview Doubleshot

Joe's two-year-old chestnut gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair placed first in his led class and the filly Silverthorn Sugar Glider ("Possum") had firsts in her led mare, novice hack, hack under 15hh; thirds in open working mare/gelding and time trial - Champion Led ASH and Reserve Champion ASH Hack.

Congratulations both of you - fantastic results.

Silverthorn Oaks Adair placed first in his led class

Joe on Silverthorn Sugar Glider competing in the time trial

Silverthorn Sugar Glider

We will be conducting another Horsemanship Clinic here at Silverthorn on the weekend of 16th and 17th of November. Camping and yards available. Saturday and Sunday meals and refreshments provided. $125 per day or $250 for the weekend. See upcoming clinics in right hand side bar for contact details.

This week we filmed three young horses that have just been broken-in by us.

Featured here is Silverthorn Charice, a 22 month old filly, who was selected out of the yearling paddock by the De Pater family, and who we subsequently broken-in. Charice is by Silverthorn Easy Acres, and out of Silverthorn Danni Girl (full sister to our well performed mare Silverthorn My Girl). We are looking forward to watching her progress.

Burrenview Trooper, a lovely three-year-old black gelding by Silverthorn Shotgun, and full brother to Burrenview Doubleshot, has just been picked up by his new owner Lyndal Randle of Moonan Flat after she selected him out of our two-year-old paddock unbroken and left him with us until he was broken-in.

Sally Cole and Sandie Marvin were pleased with the breaking-in of their pony "Puffy". Can't wait to see him out in the show ring under saddle.

Cape York & Tablelands Branch ASHS 2013 Super Challenge
17th and 18th of August, 2013

Last week we travelled to Mareeba via Cairns, Far North Queensland, for Paul to judge at the Cape York & Tablelands Branch ASHS 2013 Super Challenge and Show.

We were greeted at Cairns airport by Paul O'Connor, husband of Alisa (formerly of the Eastern Branch ASHS, and well known by many of us here in NSW), and driven to the town of Mareeba, home of Mareeba Rodeo. We were taken straight to the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds where we were warmly welcomed by the Cape York & Tablelands Branch Committee and members who had already set up camp, with horses settled down for the night.

Over the following two days we saw some great horses, skilful riders, and gracious people who were generous in their praise and encouragement for co-competitors - it was heartwarming to say the least.

Early morning at Mareeba Rodeo Ground

Day one took care of the first part of the show with classes for tots. junior and juvenile riders followed by the led, hack and working stock horses for the three years and under, four-year-olds, and horses five years and over challenges. Interestingly, their classes for progeny groups were - mare and two progeny, and stallion and two progeny - where we generally have three by the same stallion, or three from the same mare, or lastly, three of the same prefix. Separate high point awards were for registered and unregistered horses.

Horses were presented well, and with a more temperate winter climate than we experience, their coats were smooth and shiny. Without exception, though not always the usual ASHS green tie, everyone made the effort to wear a tie and one would have to say, it was a very colourful turnout indeed. From what we heard during the rest breaks, there were going to be ASHS ties and saddlecloths in this year's Christmas stockings!

Led section of horses 3 years and under

Led section of horses 5 years and over

Henry Taylor watching on with Jenny Petrich, ASHS Director for Central Highlands, Central Queensland, Charters Towers, Far North Queensland, Hinchinbrook, Mackay & District, Cape York & Tablelands, Whitsunday, and Northern Territory.

At the end of the day we were invited to a barbecue catered for by the local CWA (Country Women's Association) and enjoyed a friendly evening, meeting yet more interesting people who were so open and ready to share their stories and to fill us in on their lifestyle in the Cape York and Tablelands area. We were to learn that they all have their horses immunised against the Hendra virus; of the the miles and endless miles they travel just to attend a campdraft; and of the long days of droving and station life. We learned that the crops that grew in abundance in the rich red soil of the Atherton Tablelands were sugarcane, mangoes, limes, bananas, coffee, potatoes, peanuts, strawberries, and pumpkins etc. Several of the people we spoke to had lime or mango orchards to supplement their incomes.

First thing Sunday morning

Day two saw the time trials and cattle working classes for the horses in the challenges. Another thing that impressed us was the inclusion and promotion of tots and young riders in every event. In the cattle working class, which is basically a campdraft with one beast in the camp, and then the usual course outside, we saw tots with a parent or adult rider accompany them both in and out of the camp, getting campdrafting experience at a very tender age. When it came to the time trial - tots also did the full course.

Day two is where we witnessed some really great rides in the time trials and cattle working classes. Such experienced cattlemen and women, with many working their own stations or droving all day, every day, their skills and expertise left no doubt as to their prowess when it came to these events. Their stockwhips are long and heavy which both men and women alike cracked left and right with ease. Paul certainly felt the weight of these whips in comparison to our lighter, shorter ones.

When it came to the tallying up of the point scores, the placings were close, showing an overall consistency in skills and proficiency.

We left that marvellous place with new friends made and hoping that we can one day, in the not too far distant future, reciprocate the warmth and generosity shown to us. Thank you, all you Far North Queenslanders, for your wonderful hospitality.

20th August, 2013

Silverthorn Lilac Time

Pictured here are two of our new foals, Silverthorn Gunsmith and Silverthorn Lilac Time who have been mentioned in our last update. One more arrived over the weekend, another colt, unnamed as yet, by Silverthorn Shotgun from Barsham Sunaround.

Silverthorn Gunsmith

Joe with his filly Silverthorn Sugar Glider

Joe with his two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair

Then further north, at Cessnock Show, Holly Clayden rode her four-year-old mare Silverthorn Avril (Waikon Park Coolabah x Silverthorn Showgirl) for a first in the ASH youth hack; seconds in the ASH youth working and ASH novice working; and thirds in open working mare, and ASH hack mare - well done Holly, congratulations.

Sarah Hardes on Silverthorn Spyker (Silverthorn Easy Acres x Silverthorn Showgirl - full sister to Silverthorn Shotgun) is pictured (right) with Ashley. Sarah has just purchased this two-year-old gelding and plans to prepare him for the upcoming two-year-old ASHS events.

We had another Tocal student staying with us last week - Aimee Whittaker, who is studying Agriculture with the College. We enjoyed having Aimee stay with us and look forward to meeting up with her again soon.

This week we have Amber Tull, a Dungog High School work experience student with us. Amber is a keen campdrafter and a very capable young horsewoman.

Joe Lawrence had success with his two young Silverthorn horses at Weethalle Show last weekend. Under judge Carol Kable from Bathurst, the two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Silverthorn Eclipse) placed third in a line-up of 14 geldings. The filly, Silverthorn Sugar Glider placed third in her led class, firsts in the maiden hack, working ASH, and adults ridden ASH; 2nd in the ridden ASH mare; and Reserve Champion ASH.
Young Ainsley McGrath and her Silverthorn Shotgun gelding Burrenview Doubleshot also attended Weethalle Show - just out of placings in most classes but worked a treat - great effort considering there were no junior classes.

Brittany on Knights Jugaby with Tocal student Aimee Whittaker
on two-year-old filly Silverthorn Sheoak (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Silverthorn Madalyn).

The weekend before last Paul, Brittany and Ashley had runs in the campdraft held at Branxton. First out was Ashley on the filly Cee Dee Copy Cat to score 80 points - great for the filly's first run. Paul had a run on Easy Acres (below), and Brittany had a couple of runs on Jugaby. We all had a good time, and it was nice to relax and catch up with people that we hadn't seen for ages.

Paul on Easy

5th of August, 2013

Early days yet, but already we have two new foals on the ground. The first to arrive was a brown colt by Shotgun to the mare Barsham Sunlast - to be named Silverthorn Kingsley; then the arrival of a black filly by Shotgun to the mare Rosebrook Mona - we've had a wish on this mare to have a grey filly foal for the past three years (she has produced two bays since the lovely grey gelding Whiteash Tobin that we successfully campaigned a couple of years ago). The new foal is black with a blaze and four even socks with some promising grey hairs that would indicate that we can get our hopes up - she is to be named Silverthorn Lilac Time.

We are expecting four more foals this season - Barsham Sunaround and Barsham Prodigal Lass to Silverthorn Shotgun; Silverthorn Madalyn to Silverthorn Easy Acres; and Silverthorn Eclipse to imported quarter horse "I'm a Smooth Blue Cat". Last year Shotgun and Easy had a busy season with outside mares, and we expect that we'll soon start receiving news of the results of those matings.

Tocal College student Holly Clayden spent a week working with us recently, and in the next couple of weeks we are taking on two more students for work placement - another Tocal student and then a year 11 student from Dungog High School. These young people are certainly a great help to us with our workload of farm and horsework - by week's end, we have formed a connection with them and in a lot of cases get to meet their families.

Holly Clayden and Ashley with "Pony"

During the school holidays a couple of our granddaughters had riding lessons with Brittany - we used Ashley's two-year-old gelding "Woody" (now turned three) whose temperament is such that we can put a novice child on him and know they are safe. Woody - Silverthorn Oakwood, is by our Docs Freckle Oak stallion Crillee Amarillo Oak. We are planning to use "Freckles" over most of our mares this season - his stock are very quiet and trainable - traits that we recognise as very desirable in our industry.

Ellie on Woody with Brittany

and Margie sitting on Woody

After all the hard work constructing the campdraft arena, we felt that now is a good time to put it to good use for some practice runs, since we are heading off for the Branxton Campdraft next weekend. Kylie Blanch, a capable lady campdrafter, came over to give the girls on our young untried horses some pointers; and Brenden Bailey, who enjoys training cutting horses also came along for some practice.

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