Morisset Hack and Breed Show - 26th January, 2014

We travelled to Morisset over the Australia Day weekend to attend the Morisset Hack and Breed Show for a first outing for our two-year-old chestnut filly Silverthorn Sheoak (Crillee Amarillo Oak x Silverthorn Madalyn). Since breaking-in we've been looking forward to performing this filly and she went round just as we hoped, coping very well with her introduction to the show scene.

Silverthorn Sheoak with Ashley Whiting

The day was another extremely hot one, but not enough to dampen anyone's spirits on our first show of the season. It's always great to catch up with friends we haven't seen for a while and to see new young horses being introduced at their first show and also to take in other, more mature horses' improvement since last season. The stock horse ring was very well attended with plenty of quality competition.

In the ASHLA event, with six well presented ladies and horses, Ashley rode Sheoak for first place. In the hack mare they placed third, and in the working three years and under placed second. A nice start to a promising career. Our judge on the day was Mrs Lyn Knight.

It was nice to watch two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Spyker (Silverthorn Easy Acres x Silverthorn Showgirl) and his owner Sarah Hardes going around - also on his first outing.

Sheoak and Spyker, drawing confidence from one another on their first outing

The eye-catching three-year-old gelding Benbrook Marksman by Silverthorn Shotgun, owned and shown by Mick and Tiffany Allen had a very successful day taking out Reserve Champion led ASH from a huge line-up of first place winners. Not sure how he ended up in the ridden sections but was there for ribbons in each event he was in.

Mick Allen with gelding Benbrook Marksman

Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Assoc Inc 60th Annual Horse Show
1st February, 2014 - Judge M/s H Batterham

Still with no relief from the searing heat of these summer days, we pushed off in the early hours of the morning to Morriset again - this time for Morisset's Agricultural Show. Must say we are over these hot days and really looking forward to some respite of a few cooler ones. Perhaps we might even get some rain! Fortunately, the ground at Morisset isn't too bad, tending to be rather sandy, which is much kinder on the horses' legs that the usual hard ground that we have been having to work on in recent days.

As well as our own two three-year-olds on the ground, there was Holly Clayden with her young mare Silverthorn Avril, and Sarah Hardes with her two-year-old gelding Silverthorn Spyker. It was lovely to see them all going around so nicely. Holly had a great day and was in the ribbons all day including Champion Junior sponsored by Lynken ASH Stud. Sarah and her youngster also picked up some ribbons. Both girls had presented their horses really well and we were proud to have them associated with us.

Placegetters in mare 4 years and over n/e 15hh

Holly with her young mare Silverthorn Avril

Sarah with Spyker in led gelding 2yrs and under 4yrs

Sarah on Spyker in hack three years and under

Tiffany and Mick Allen's stylish and consistent three-year-old Silverthorn Shotgun gelding Benbrook Marksman was in the ribbons too, including Reserve Champion ASH Gelding and Reserve Champion Junior ANSA. Congratulations Tiff and Mick on a very successful show with your team of lovely horses.

Brittany Hetherington led Silverthorn Guns and Roses for a first in filly two years and under four years, Champion Mare/Filly, and then on to Supreme Led ASH to win the beautiful trophy rug and garland sponsored by Globella ASH Stud - thank you Marie and Bob Kilday. In the ridden events, this combination won the senior ASHLA, hack three years and under, and was third in working three years and under.

Placegetters in filly 2yrs and under 4years

Guns and Roses and Brittany, with judge M/s Helen Batterham, and sponsor Bob Kildey

A lovely line-up of well turned out ASHLA ladies

Brittany on Guns and Roses in the ASHLA event

Placegetters in the ASH hack 3 yrs and under

Ashley led her gelding Silverthorn Oakwood for a second in gelding two and under four years; placed second in the senior ASHLA, second in the hack three years and under, firsts in hack gelding and working three years and under, second in the working gelding, and finally, took out reserve champion working which was sponsored by Cooranbong & Bonnells Bay Animal Hospital - thank you to this kind sponsor for this championship.

Placegetters in geldings 2 years and under 4 years

Ashley with Oakwood

Ashley riding out on Oakwood in her ASHLA event

Placegetters in hack gelding

Ashley on Oakwood in hack 3 yrs and under

2nd February, 2014

With school holidays now over and everyone back at school we can look back over a very productive and entertaining few weeks. All these young people sure can lighten our workload. We also had our Hong Kong family visit us (three granddaughters there) as well as our closer to home family (three more granddaughters there) and as can be imagined, we were kept well and truly busy over the holiday break.

Our 2013 breeding season is over, with mares that we wanted to breed now in foal. Most of these mares are in foal to our Docs Freckle Oak stallion Crillee Amarillo Oak who has been producing some outstanding types for us. Shotgun also had a busy time with some quality outside mares and we look forward to his 2014 crop.

We are very pleased with our 2013 foals - some by Silverthorn Easy Acres, and some by Silverthorn Shotgun. Our well-performed mare Silverthorn Eclipse was AI'd in 2012 to the quarter horse Ima Smooth Blue Cat, to produce a lovely black filly who we are naming Sapphire.

With our past success of hosting travellers from overseas, we went again, this time hosting the delightful Wenqing Guo from China. Wenqing is pictured here - first time on a horse - with Brittany and Ashley.

Paul and Brittany will be heading up to Uralla for a pre-Nationals clinic on 15th and 16th of February - see upcoming clinics. We will be scheduling another one here once we have Canberra Royal, ASHS Nationals and Sydney Royal Shows behind us. What a busy beginning of 2014 is ahead of us!

Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn
17-19th January, 2014

Following the Moss Vale Youth Clinic the previous week, we held a three day clinic here at Silverthorn. The first day was designated to youth, and the second two days were open to both youth and adults. The three days were extremely hot and despite the heat we carried on regardless, slapping on plenty of suncream and staying under whatever shade we could find. We tried to use our undercover arenas as much as we could, but found that more scope was required when executing flying changes or doing fast work.

As always, these were happy days where we felt everyone got something from our clinic. At the end of each hot day, quite a few decided to cool down in the cool clear water of the Gloucester River that runs through Silverthorn - a welcome relief and a nice way to wind down after working so hard all day.

Youth Camp, Moss Vale Branch ASHS at Bundanoon
9-12th January, 2014

Paul and Brittany travelled to Bundanoon to coach at Moss Vale Branch's youth camp for three days during January and on the fourth day a challenge day for the camp participants.

Paul and Britt thoroughly enjoyed the experience, meeting and catching up with 38 enthusiastic, eager to learn, young people for a very well run and memorable youth camp.

Paul was ably assisted by Moss Vale Branch members whose committee had planned the days down to the last minute, and their support team of cooks, carers and supervisors made sure that everyone received refreshments all through the long days and who provided wonderful meals at evening time.

Thank you Moss Vale for inviting us - we thoroughly enjoyed this time with you.

3rd January, 2014

What a year we've had! When we look back over the past 12 months, and review what we've done, where we've been, who we've met - we realise the value of the coordinated effort on the part of our team in the shared passion for our horses. All our achievements in 2013 are credited to teamwork - none of them would have been possible without the drive and commitment of every member of our team working with commitment and in harmony.

Our hard work and commitment have not gone unnoticed and we are fortunate to be now sponsored by three prominent craftspeople:

Stan Bowd - Custom Made Saddlery

So many times we are asked by different ones "where can we get a nice show bridle - like the ones you use?"

We are pleased to endorse Stan's work - it is exquisite, and we urge you to check out his facebook page and view his beautifully crafted bridles, breastplates and saddles

We are "Proud to ride in a Bowd" - thank you Stan and Celia for your generosity and sponsorship.

Silverthorn My Girl wearing her Stan Bowd bridle

Impressa Enterprise Pty Ltd

We are pleased to announce that our show horses will be outfitted in matching rug and hood sets kindly sponsored by Impressa Enterprise Pty Ltd.

These rug sets are fully lined with silk to give our horses that extra shine and polish for show days. They are beautifully made and we are pleased to endorse these "impressive" rugs and to have our horses seen in them.

Impressa's products may be viewed on their Impressa Quality Equine website

Thank you Danielle Doff for your sponsorship.

Silverthorn My Girl looking smart in her Impressa show rug set

Bombers Bits and Spurs

We have been using Bombers products since they commenced trading in Australia and we are pleased to endorse their distinctive bits and spurs.

Beautifully made and crafted and of the highest quality, the vast range of their excellent products can be viewed on their Bombers Bits Australia website

Thank you James Cutler for your kind sponsorship.

Julie and Ashley ventured off again early in December with the three-year-old Australian pony filly Amaranda Joyfull, this time to the NSW All Breeds Youngstock & Ridden Newcomer Show at Clarendon near Sydney. Ashley did a great job preparing and plaiting "Pony" for the day - taking out Reserve Champion led APSB, and on her first outing with Pony under saddle was sashed Champion Ridden APSB/ASP/ASSP, and Champion Ridden Part Welsh - thank you Ashley for your efforts for such a great outcome.

With our main focus on Australian Stock Horses, perhaps we should consider Australian Pony Stud Book ponies for our children. When you think about it, both breeds were evolved in Australia - with foundation breeds influencing individual and unique characteristics that we see in both lines today. The result we see this present day are two beautiful breeds that are recognised worldwide as established types. When you look at standards of excellence of both the ASHS and APSB Societies, they are very similar. Think about it.

Whilst at the Youngstock Show, it was naturally par for the course for us to be parked and associating with our stock horse friends. And then out on the arena, waiting on the sidelines for our classes, where else would we be but close to the stock horse ring to watch proceedings there! Of course Ashley didn't need much encouragement at all, to step up and ride Tiffany and Mick Allen's stylish young Silverthorn Shotgun gelding Benbrook Marksman for one of his ridden events.

Ashley on Benbrook Marksman

Over the Christmas school holidays we've had a house full to bursting of young people. We certainly appreciate their help and always enjoy their lively company. No complaints at getting up with the birds and falling into bed even before dark! Exhausted, but fulfilled with the knowledge that they had given us their all in every task shared. We did get a lot of work done - from cleaning stables to days of mustering.

Paul in the lead with Georgia Snowdon, Ashley, Sarah Hardes, and Brittany setting out for a day's mustering.

We hosted two young women travellers over the holidays too - the German girl, Alex; and the French girl, Gaelle (unknown to each other when they arrived) - brought some continental flavour into the home. We thoroughly enjoyed their company and appreciated the enormous amount of work they did for us during their stays - thank you Alex and Gaelle, happy travels and hope you continue to enjoy your stay in Australia.

Gaelle and Alex with two-year-old Shotgun filly Silverthorn Suntana.

Three young horses from our sale page have been sold - Silverthorn Fortune, Silverthorn Sugar Glider, and Silverthorn Goodwill. We wish their new owners all the best with their purchases and look forward to hearing of their progress.

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