Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn
16th and 17th November, 2013

Another very successful two days were had with 11 enthusiastic riders learning news skills and schooling their horses.

We did experience some inclement weather, but not deterred, when the rain started to come down, we simply moved to the undercover arena to take up where we left off. After such a dry spell and with the country looking so bleak, the rain was such a welcome relief that nobody was complaining. In fact now, after a week or two of rain on and off, the countryside is looking brilliant with grass positively jumping out of the ground.

Once again, our visitors were a delight and sitting around the table at meal times and coffee breaks it was lovely to have the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another's company. Thank you all for enriching our lives with your laughter and good fellowship.

17th November 2013

What a relief to finally have some rain. We kept telling ourselves that we were one day closer to rain but as the springs and dams dried out the situation was becoming very worrying. Luckily we have the beautiful Gloucester River flowing through our place, and even then it was running fairly slowly. So, with rainwater tanks full we're all smiling again, watching the green grass sprouting through, and putting a spring in our steps - it's all good again!

Last week we travelled to Sydney for Equitana - watched some training sessions as well as making a few purchases. It was good but we thought it wasn't as well attended as the previous one held there two year's ago. Saw Stephan Bates with his lovely grey mare Kirkbys Stud Elastic in the breed village - what a great ambassador that mare proved to be. The way she so regally held court to every single visitor who passed by, and as they moved on, she was then head out the door, waiting to receive the next group to come her way.

"Trudy" receiving visitors at the Equitana Breed Village

Our good old mare Barsham Prodigal Lass produced an exquisite filly foal by Shotgun for us last week - to be called Silverthorn Glamour Shot - think this one is going to be super special. The small selection of mares mated last year have all foaled out now, and once again, we are not mating every mare on the stud until we've caught up with the stock around us to be broken-in. In saying this, most of the selected mares we have mated were put to Crillee Amarillo Oak who has been putting some super quiet foals on the ground.

Feedback received from the Northern Branch ASHS Show at Gunnedah last week is that M/s Karen Miles' three-year-old filly Cee Dee Moonshot (Silverthorn Shotgun x Cee Dee Monsoon) ridden and trained by Teena Bridge, won both the Three-Year-Old Futurity and Supreme Led of the Show. So nice to see Shotgun's stock doing so well in such elite company.

We've been receiving a lot of positive correspondence from quite a few of our Silverthorn horse owners and it certainly is very pleasing to know that our horses are being seen all over the country and enjoying spectacular success.

Silverthorn Son of a Gun (Silverthorn Shotgun x Barsham Prodigal Lass), four-year-old gelding owned by Selina and Andrew Nixon has just recently won Champion Led followed up by Champion ridden Australian Stock Horse at Bathurst Spring Show. Then at Carcoar Show won Champion Led, firsts in ASH 4 years and over in a snaffle bit, stock horse hack 15hh and over, and then Champion Stock Horse Hack nicely topped off with Supreme Led All-Breeds of the Show.

Silverthorn Son of a Gun

Laura Strelitz took three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Gunsmoke (St Ronan Abdul Smoke x Silverthorn Showgirl) to his first outing at the Northern Branch Show held at Gunnedah recently and was awarded third place in the hack section from 11 entries in the three-year-old futurity. Watch out for this team - we think you'll be reading about them next show season.

A happy Laura Strelitz with her gelding Gunsmoke

Joe Lawrence was successful at the Riverina Branch ASHS Show and Draft with his four-year-old filly Silverthorn Sugar Glider (Waikon Park Coolabah x Barsham Sunrising) who took out the four-year-old Maturity. She also finalled in the Open Challenge in a big field of some very tough competitors ending up with fourth overall.

Joe on Sugar Glider with judge Bruce Withers after winning the four-year-old futurity

Joe's two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Oaks Adair (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Silverthorn Eclipse) placed third in a line-up of 12 quality young horses in the two-year-old futurity.

Silverthorn Oaks Adair placed third in the two-year-old futurity

6th November 2013

Equitana's on this week - 7-10th of November - looking forward to our trip to Sydney to have a look around at what's new, see some amazing horsemanship, doing some shopping, and running into many friends and acquaintances who will also be there. We'll have to make sure we visit the Kelato Breed Village to see who's representing the Australian Stock Horse Society.

Last weekend Paul and Brittany travelled to Gulgong for a horsemanship clinic for the Central Tablelands ASHS Branch. They enjoyed this clinic and felt that everyone attending went away with something new to work on. It's always so nice to go away and be made to feel so at home with such nice friendly people. We'll have some photos to share with you soon.

Julie and Ashley travelled to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre with Amaranda Joyfull, Julie's three-year-old Australian Pony Stud Book filly.

It was a very smoky drive coming into Sydney, almost like thick fog, and very dangerous too. Luckily we drove out of it and hopefully the fire situation is somewhat eased after the last couple of weeks of large and extensive bushfires.

Ashley did a really great job of plaiting the pony and she did look lovely - and worked beautifully. She placed second and we were very pleased to receive this award. Ashley broke "Pony" in during the winter and with some further training, we're looking forward to bringing her out under saddle. With Ashley having grown up with show ponies she has a natural interest in their breeding and enjoys working with them.

Amaranda Joyfull and Ashley

We were invited by Tocal College to sell at their stock horse sale on Sunday, 3rd of November so we entered our black four-year-old gelding Silverthorn Goodwill (St Ronan Abdul Smoke x Silverthorn Danni Girl). Danni Girl is full sister to our very successful show mare Silverthorn My Girl and St Ronan Abdul Smoke always produced lovely types. So we felt that we really had something nice to offer, as well as a month's full training at no cost to the buyer, but unfortunately, after bidding went to $5,000, Goodwill didn't reach our reserve of $6,000.

Silverthorn Goodwill

We have two new foals, a black filly by the imported blue roan quarter horse, Ima Smooth Blue Cat from Silverthorn Eclipse (to be named Silverthorn Sapphire) and a black colt by Silverthorn Easy Acres from Silverthorn Madalyn (to be named Silverthorn Easy Going). Both are outstanding foals and we are delighted with them both and look forward to watching them grow out.

Silverthorn Sapphire

Easy Going

Silverthorn Easy Acres' status changed from stallion to gelding two weeks ago. With his education, natural ability and instincts we are looking forward now to competing on him at the highest level of performance in both show and campdraft arenas. We are retaining a colt and several fillies by him and are on track with our breeding programme.

Don't forget Sydney Royal Show entries close on 14th of November - seems so long away doesn't it, but it will soon come around. Performances are required for the period 2/11/12 to 14/11/13.

County of Cumberland ASHS Branch Show
27th October, 2013

Lineup for open hack 14.2hh and not exceeding 15hh

With Paul and Brittany at Gulgong to hold a horsemanship clinic for the Central Tablelands ASHS Branch, Julie and Ashley travelled south to Sydney with Silverthorn My Girl to Horseworld Stadium, Maraylya for competition at the County of Cumberland ASHS Branch Show. After an early start and a long drive, they arrived at the venue to find themselves in lingering smoke from the current bushfires. The smoke seemed to drift away during the morning, leaving them enjoying a fine day in warm but pleasant conditions.

It was really nice to catch up with all the news from friends and associates who we hadn't seen for a while

Ashley and My Girl stepped out firstly in the ASHLA, where they were placed third. My Girl won the open hack not exceeding 15hh, and went on to win the Yvonne Lee Memorial trophy and rug for Champion Hack not exceeding 15hh. In the working they won Working Horse 14.2hh and not exceeding 15hh, and went on to win a beautiful Stan Bowd bridle for Champion Working Horse. We sincerely thank sponsors for their generous prizes.

Ashley on My Girl their open hack event

Champion Hack not exceeding 15hh

First in open hack

First in working horse ne 15hh

Ashley on My Girl being awarded Champion Working Horse

ASHLA lineup

Young Brooke Joyner and her gelding Silverthorn Newsflash competed in the youth classes the day before we were there and won Handler, Novice Hack and the Dressage 2a; they also placed second in the Rider, Hack and Pleasure classes. - Well done Brooke.

Gloucester Branch ASHS Led and Performance Show and Challenge
20th October, 2013

Brittany on Guns and Roses, and
Ashley on Oakwood

With the continuing dry spell we've been having the Gloucester Showground presented a very hard working surface - this is not new to competitors as the last few shows we've been to have all had the same difficult ground surface conditions. The day was very hot and a shady place to get some respite from the heat and glare was much sought after.

Judges on the day were Gloria and Philip McCormack in the led, hack and working rings, and Mrs Amanda Bloomfield in the youth ring.

We had along with us the two geldings, Knights Jugaby and Ashley's three-year-old Silverthorn Oakwood; the mare Silverthorn My Girl; and the three-year-old filly Silverthorn Guns and Roses. All of whom performed well and their results were very pleasing.

Ashley with My Girl won the Led Mare under 15hh, followed up by Champion Led Mare.

Judge Gloria McCormack with Brittany and Guns and Roses and Tess Wilson with her filly.

Supreme Led - Brittany and Guns and Roses with judges Philip and Gloria McCormack, and sponsor Mark Ball

What a lovely lineup of champions

Ashley and Champion Mare My Girl, with judge Philip McCormack

With Brittany, Jugaby placed third in his led class, second in the Gelding Hack over 15hh, firsts in Working Gelding over 15hh and Champion Working; first in ASHLA; and then won the Open Challenge.

Brittany also showed Guns and Roses who was the star of the show after winning her Led Filly Three Years, Champion Three Year Old, won the Breeders Group with Oakwood, and then Supreme Led Exhibit. She then went out under saddle to win the Three Year Old Snaffle Bit, Mare Hack 15hh and over, and Champion Hack; first in the Working Mare 15hh and Over; and at her first attempt at Dressage placed second by one percent.

When it came to the grand finale of Supreme Ridden, Brittany found herself riding off for this ultimate award on both Guns and Roses and Jugaby. After beautiful fast workouts on both horses, the filly took out the prize - what an achievement!

Ashley also had a super day on her gelding Oakwood with firsts in her Led Three Year Old Gelding; Breeders Group of Two with Guns and Roses; Novice Hack, and Maiden Working; seconds in Working Gelding 15hh and Over and ASHLA; a fourth in the Maiden Hack, and a third in Gelding Hack 15hh and Over. In the Open Challenge they placed a very creditable third. Great effort Ashley all your hard work is paying off.

ASHLA winners, Brittany on Jugaby, Ashley on Oakwood and Gloucester Branch Secretary Tina Robinson

Champion and Reserve Champion Hack winners with judge Gloria McCormack

Champion and Reserve Champion Working winners

Novice Hack placegetters

Brittany on Guns and Roses with Judges Gloria and Philip McCormack after being awarded Supreme Ridden of the Show sponsored by Cedervale Stud

Brittany and Jugaby having a scorching run in the Time Trial section of the Open Challenge

2013 NSW ASH Breeders Championships and Futurities,
Scone - 12th and 13th of October, 2013

On the road again, this time over the Barrington Tops, through the Dingo Gate, and down the dividing range to Scone. Still no rain about, seems the Hunter Valley is as much affected by the dry weather as we are. Over both days of competition, the strong hot winds kept blowing, whisking off hats wherever they weren't jammed on tight enough and sending them flying in all directions.

Just through the Dingo Gate on the Scone side

Travelling down into the Hunter Valley

Speaking of hats, our Ashley turned 18 on the Saturday and can now officially abandon her helmet that is required for youth riders, and wear the traditional felt hat that she can now wear as an adult.

Taking refuge in the searing heat under a shady tree

In the very strongly contested Junior Judging Brittany took out first place, with Ashley placing third - wonderful effort girls.

Ashley then showed her gelding Silverthorn Oakwood for firsts in both his three-year-old led gelding class and working three-year-old gelding; a fourth in his hack gelding three years, and in the Wylarah Three-year-old Futurity, placed fifth overall.

On Silverthorn My Girl fifth overall in the Silver Champagne Stakes, equal third in the Senior ASHLA, third in the Curb Bit Hack Not Rxceeding 15hh, and first in the Open Hack Mare 5 Years and Over.

Ashley on Oakwood

Line-up of three-year-olds in the Wylarah Three-Year-Old Futurity

Brittany first on Guns and Roses and Ashley fifth on Oakwood in the Wylarah Three-Year-Old Futurity

Brittany on Jugaby

Ashley on My Girl

Brittany showed Guns and Roses for a second in Working Filly three years; a fifth in Hack Filly three years, and first overall in the Wylarah Three-Year-Old Futurity.

On Knights Jugaby Brittany placed equal third in the Senior ASHLA, fifth in the Open Working Gelding 5 Years and Over, and fourth in the Curb Bit Hack Over 15hh.

Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show - 7th October, 2013

With the continued hot dry weather we are finding every showground that we have been competing on is getting harder and working surfaces are like concrete. We'll be pleased when we can give our horses a well earned spell and let-down over the Christmas period. In saying this, Morisset Showground is one exception where the ground is basically sandy which makes working on so much softer, and not as jarring on the horses' legs.

Paul on the sidelines with Silverthorn Guns and Roses

With these hot dry conditions, one wonders how we are going to fare when summer actually starts. The day was, again, a hot one, but bearable, keeping water up to the horses a priority. At one stage a strong wind whipped up and carried our ring's large umbrella straight into a group of waiting stock horses. The umbrella completely enveloped one horse from behind, and to her rider's credit kept the filly under control until the wayward umbrella was caught. Well done Erin George, nice horsemanship.

The advertised programme was very basic but when organisers saw the number of stock horses on the ground they made the decision to extend the programme and to award championships for mare/filly, gelding, stallion/colt, hack and working instead of just one overall championship. This went down really well with everyone and nobody was worried about receiving a "virtual" broad sash - we just used the same ones over and again for photo taking - in fact, in many of our photos we can see only the reserve making its appearance.

With Brittany away on family business Ashley rode both her own three-year-old gelding Silverthorn Oakwood (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Barsham Sunlast) and the three-year-old filly Silverthorn Guns and Roses (Silverthorn Shotgun x Montcalm Lucile).

On "Woody" Ashley had a great day with a win in his led gelding 2 years and under 4 years, and then Champion ASH Gelding. First in working gelding; seconds in his three-year-old hack and novice hack; and a third in hack gelding.

Ashley with Silverthorn Oakwood - Champion ASH Gelding

Silverthorn Guns and Roses "Vivienne" continued her winning run with a second in her led filly class, firsts in the ASH youth hack and youth working, and finalling with Champion ASH Hack and Champion Working.

Holly Clayden was there with her filly Silverthorn Avril (Waikon Park Coolabah x Silverthorn Showgirl) who also had an excellent day in the ribbons and ultimately took out Champion Led ASH Mare and Reserve Champion ASH Hack. Congratulations Holly - well done.

Holly Clayden with Silverthorn Avril - Champion ASH Mare/Filly

Ashley on Silverthorn Oakwood

Holly on Silverthorn Avril

ASH Youth Hack placings, Ashley, Holly and Katy de Jong

Holly and Ashley with judge after being awarded Reserve Champion and Champion ASH Hack

Eastern Branch ASHS Show, Singleton - 5th October, 2013

Final result line-up of the Three-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Futurity

We went to the very well attended Eastern Branch ASHS Show for one of the two days' events and found ourselves in very competitive company with everyone chasing those last few points for entry to 2014 Sydney Royal Show.

We saw quite a few Silverthorn horses there competing with success and were pleased to see they were in the ribbons for high placings.

Our own three-year-old filly Silverthorn Guns and Roses (Silverthorn Shotgun x Montcalm Lucile) shown by Ashley had an outstanding day with Champion Filly Under Three Years after a win in her led three-year-old filly class with Karen Miles' black filly Cee Dee Moonshot (Silverthorn Shotgun x Cee Dee Monsoon) shown by Teena Bridge placing second and reserve champion in these events.

Guns and Roses placed second in the mare hack over 15hh and first in the hack three years and under, a fourth in the ladies hack, and a fifth in the maiden working. She also won the Three-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Futurity that was strongly contested with many lovely and talented three-year-olds. We would like to thank the sponsors for their generous prizes and Eastern Branch for the perpetual Three Year Old Snaffle Bit Futurity trophy that is inscribed with names of many fine horses past and present.

Jade Fangmeier on Silverthorn Wills

Skye Maytom on her gelding Silverthorn Seeker

Karen Miles' filly Cee Dee Moonshot shown by Teena Bridge

Silverthorn Guns and Roses, first in led three-year-old filly class

Guns and Roses, Champion Filly Under Three Years

Carlie Fangmeier on her gelding Silverthorn Lucky Strike

Dan Steers on Sophie Babic's gelding Silverthorn Smoke and Mirrors

Silverthorn Horsemanship Clinic - 3rd and 4th of October, 2013

It was so nice to have so many young people here during the school holidays attending our last clinic. They are all so keen and eager to learn and not afraid to try something new with their horses and ponies. They all went away with something learned and to work on at the end of the two days. Several of our riders were on their Silverthorn horses - Holly Clayden on Avril, Brooke Joyner on Newsflash, Tom McDougall on Samuel, and Laura Strelitz on her newly purchased gelding, Gunsmoke.

Mick Allen came on the Saturday and gave us a hand with the groundwork demonstration in the morning, and then later, assistance during the rest of the day reinforcing lessons taught by Paul - thanks Mick, greatly appreciated. Ashley, was also on hand to help riders hone and improve their skills - good job Ash.

The weather held out for us and with only one brief run for cover during a light shower of rain, the two days were perfect. Our refreshment breaks, and dinner on Saturday night were, as always a lot of fun and a great way to catch up with and get to know people. We had quite a few parents on the sidelines supporting their children - and in a couple of cases, couldn't resist the urge to climb into the saddle for some tuition themselves.

Our next clinic here at Silverthorn will be on 16th and 17th of November, 2013.

Brooke with Oakwood

Holly riding her filly Avril

Laura Strelitz on her new gelding Gunsmoke with Brooke Joyner riding Ashley's gelding Oakwood

Tracey Jacobson on My Girl

Laura Strelitz on Gunsmoke

Ashley on My Girl helping Tom McDougall on Samuel

Toby Ware receiving assistance from Mick Allen

Paul with Ashley on two-year-old filly Silverthorn Sheoak

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