28th February, 2014
ASHS National Show Looming

With the ASHS Nationals only a few days away, by now most people are either packed and ready to go, on the road, or already settled in at AELEC, Tamworth for this huge highly competitive annual event where the elite of the elite face up for all the challenges placed before them. We would like to wish everyone participating, all the best during the competition, and that vendors of young stock entered in the Fountain of Youth Sale reach premium prices for their youngsters that they have bred and prepared specifically for this sale.

Whoever winds up with the broad sashes at the end of the week, it will be due good luck, great horses, exceptional riders, and a lot of hard work. To get a team to the ASHS Nationals takes a lot of time, money and effort on the part of everyone involved; and has been said many times here on these pages, that in our opinion, it comes down to the unwavering effort on the part of the whole team. We've prepared our horses as best as we can and all we can do now is hope that success will come our way. If it doesn't, well at least we've enjoyed spending time with friends, and meeting a lot of good like-minded people all striving for excellence in their horses.

Gloucester ASHS Branch 2014 Presentation Dinner

Whilst Paul and Brittany were away at Uralla doing a horsemanship clinic, Julie and Ashley attended the Gloucester ASHS Branch Dutch Auction, Dinner and Presentation of Prizes Night, held at Barrington. Sixty people attended and the evening turned out to be a lot of fun. So nice to catch up with our branch members in such a friendly relaxing atmosphere. Ashley offered a beautiful pencil sketch of Black Caviar, which she drew especially for the dutch auction - organisers decided to auction her drawing separately and it was pleasing to see such lively bidding for it. The Dutch auction was a lot of fun and we came away with some treasures.

Brittany, Ashley, and horses Silverthorn My Girl, Silverthorn Guns and Roses, Knights Jugaby, and Silverthorn Oakwood were recipients of many highpoint and runner-up trophies. Brittany was recipient of the Gloucester ASHLA Open All-rounder Trophy with a purse of $300, and Ashley was received the Gloucester ASHLA Junior All-rounder Trophy with a purse of $200. Thank you Gloucester Branch ASHLA Ladies for your efforts in finding sponsors and for organising point scores and trophies.

Ashley's pencil sketch of Black Caviar

Maitland Show
Friday, 14th February, 2014
Judge, Clare Mourant

Well, with Paul and Brittany having left for Uralla, Julie and Ashley travelled in the other direction with Silverthorn My Girl for the stock horse classes at Maitland Show.

The day was mostly overcast with some threatening rain clouds about - not that we were in any way complaining, as a shower of rain would be very welcome no matter what! The ground was in great order and had obviously been well prepared for the show. It was great to see huge classes of quality horses in the stock horse ring.

It was a long day with a programme that covered just about everything from age classes in led, ridden, and working, and youth and novice classes in the ridden events. As My Girl is an open horse we only had four classes available to us - led, ASHLA, mare hack under 15hh and mare working. Despite this, we did have a good day resulting in Champion Led Mare/Filly, 2nd in the ASHLA (equal first), Reserve Champion Hack, and Champion Working.

Silverthorn My Girl and Ashley in mare hack

Silverthorn My Girl, Champion Led ASH Mare/Filly

Mick and Tiffany Allen's typey three-year-old Silverthorn Shotgun gelding Benbrook Marksman, also had a brilliant day taking out Champion Gelding followed up by Supreme Led Australian Stock Horse. In a big three-year-old ridden class Marksman placed a very creditable second.

Benbrook Marksman, Supreme Champion Led ASH

A happy shot of stock horse ladies warming up for their next ridden event

Pre-Nationals Clinic at Uralla
15th and 16th of February, 2014

Hosted and organised by Tracey and Gavin Strelitz at their "Goldsworth" property at Uralla, and despite the crippling dry spell, Paul and Brittany enjoyed a successful and positive weekend of preparing riders and their horses prior to the upcoming ASHS National Show to be held very soon.

We have received the following feedback from both organisers and participants:

.... "I'd like to thank Paul and Brittany for a fantastic clinic held at our property Goldsworth Uralla on the weekend. It was a very positive clinic with fantastic feedback from the riders. It is always great to see the improvement in everyone the next day. The weather held out with a few showers overnight and early morning to settle the dust and soften the very hard ground, not that any of us minded if we got soaked. Cheers and look forward to the next clinic" ..... (Tracey Strelitz)

.... "Just a quick email to thank Paul and Britt very much for the two days of instruction they delivered over the weekend. I cannot believe the difference in my three year old horse in just two days and the amount of things I learnt to help me go on with him. I would have to say it was the first clinic I have been to that I feel like I can go home and continue with what I have learnt, because both Paul and Britt donít try and put a fancy spin on what they are saying. Thank you again, I had a fantastic weekend, learnt so much and would love to attend a lot more of these clinics with Paul and Britt!".... (Stacey Drew)

Thank you Tracey and Gavin for opening up your home to us and for being such wonderful hosts.

An excellent clinic was had at "Goldsworth" Uralla

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!

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