Horsemanship Clinic at Silverthorn
30th and 31st of August, 2014

Despite a week of rain and slippery conditions, our 12 riders were certainly kept on the go with instructors Paul, Carolyn Murphy, Mark Ball and assistants Brittany and Ashley. For those who wished to spend extra time with any particular coach they simply remained where they were. Others who preferred to move on to the next coach for another discipline did so. It really works so well to keep people rotating this way - everyone is kept engaged all the time.

Paul, Brittany and Ashley spent time with their groups working on flatwork; Carolyn with her hack/dressage groups; and Mark with his cattle/campdraft groups. Marked improvement with all riders and horses was obvious by the end of the weekend - so pleasing to see.

As ever our refreshment and meal breaks are always such a happy time and one we all look forward to, giving us the opportunity to get to know new people and to catch up with our regular attendees.

Royal Queensland Show (The EKKA) - 15-16th August, 2014

Ashley on Jugaby in working class

Brittany with Guns and Roses

Ashley with Jugaby

Brittany on Guns and Roses - 1st in ASHLA

After making sure entries were accepted and stables allocated, hendra vaccinations up-to-date, packing the truck, planning the trip, and getting the necessary permit to travel interstate from Queensland etc, we finally got on the road. With two drivers, several comfort stops, including an hour at Grafton to get the horses off to stretch their legs, the gates of the EKKA were a welcome sight after such a long journey.

We took three horses to show and achieved the following results under judge Scott Humphries:

TARRAWAY JACKSON, our two-year-old colt placed 2nd in his class - we were very pleased with the way he handled his first big show. At the measuring box he came out at 15.2hh!

KNIGHTS JUGABY - What a great horse - his first show with Ashley who rode him so well despite the very wet conditions. He placed 5th in his led class, 4th in the ASHLA, 3rd in his hack class, 3rd in his working and 2nd in the Open Station Horse Challenge.

SILVERTHORN GUNS AND ROSES - Brittany had a fantastic show with this four-year-old mare. Placed 2nd in her led event, won the ASHLA, won her hack class, then was awarded Champion ASH Hack. She placed 2nd in the Working Mare, and won the Four and Under Station Horse Challenge.

Ashley on Jugaby in ASHLA

Another Silverthorn horse, SILVERTHORN WILLS enjoyed a successful show with his owner Jade Fangmeier. This gelding was consistently placing all show with a 2nd in his gelding hack, 3rd in Junior ASH Hack, and 3rd in the Junior Station Horse Challenge as well as highest placed novice ASHLA - congratulations Jade on a really good show.

Young Laura Strelitz, who accompanied us to Sydney Royal Show, placed 2nd with her gelding Tassa's Taboo in his led class, 2nd in the ASHLA, first in the ASH Hack Gelding, 2nd in the Junior ASH Hack, 5th in the Open Station Horse Challenge, 1st in the Junior Station Horse Challenge - another great "Royal" for you Laura.

Gloucester Branch ASHS Challenge Round 3 - 3rd August, 2014

The third round of the Gloucester Branch ASHS Challenge was held on 3rd of August on a fine but at times blustery day at Gloucester Showground.

Ashley's gelding Silverthorn Oakwood, who was in second place on the scoreboard, was sold just before the third round so was withdrawn from the competition.

This left with us just one young horse in the Futurity - Silverthorn Guns and Roses ridden by Brittany who ended up placing third on the day.

The aim of the challenge is to promote and showcase the training and ability of young stock horses and is open to all registered Australian Stock Horses under five years.

The final and fourth round will be held on Saturday, 13th of September.

Pictured here is Brittany on Guns and Roses competing in Round 3 of the Futurity event.

2nd August, 2014

The off-season winter months have been keeping us as busy as a full-on show season with the various tasks we set for ourselves. Our days have been spent primarily with clients' horses and ponies being broken-in or trained as well as our own youngsters coming through.

Whilst other districts and states have been experiencing good rainfall we have been having a very dry and cold winter, and in these conditions are finding hay scarce and hard to get.

We have just completed construction of a cutting arena which is already proving to be a very functional and welcome addition to our training complex. Particular attention has been paid to the camber of the area in order to have a safe and workable surface. We plan to include cutting and reining clinics which will underpin our already very popular horsemanship weekends here.

Three horses on our sale page have been sold - Holly Clayden's mare Silverthorn Avril has gone north to Queensland; Ashley Whiting's well performed gelding Silverthorn Oakwood has gone south to Yass; and the black gelding Silverthorn Wallaroo to the Central Coast. The attractive black two-year-old Silverthorn Easy Acres filly from Montcalm Swan Lake (Silverthorn Swan Lake) has been sold closer to home at Brandy Hill near Seaham, and will be going to her new home next month.

We have some exciting youngsters to come in for handling and breaking-in as well as the yearlings that we have picked out to be prepared for the coming show season. Our mares are due to foal later than usual this year and we are looking forward to the coming crop which will start in October. Both our stallions Silverthorn Shotgun and Crillee Amarillo Oak look to be set for a busy season with much interest from owners of outside mares.

During June we attended Round 2 of the Gloucester ASHS Stock Horse Challenge. From entries and people attending on the day just to have a look, it would seem that this is going to become an annual event. Round 3 is to be held tomorrow, 3rd of August. The Gloucester Branch ASHS 2014 Led and Performance Show and is to be held on 6th of September - they have a very comprehensive programme with emphasis on youth events. See here for for programme.

Ashley on Silverthorn Oakwood about to start the utility pattern at Gloucester ASHS Challenge

Paul and Brittany travelled to Buchan, near Bainsdale, Victoria to conduct a four day horsemanship clinic during the July school holidays for both juniors and adults. Once again, Jo Akeroyd of Tambeau Australian Stock Horses coordinated this very successful clinic for us. And again, we met some very nice people making the long trip so worthwhile. Paul and Brittany took with them our champion mare My Girl and rookie colt Man O War who represented us so well. Many times My Girl was used and was instrumental in showing riders how an educated horse responds to the correct aids.

Julie took Ashley and Nathan Butler (currently at Tocal College and who spent his work experience time with us) to compete on the Gloucester day of the Glowalman Junior Rodeo Championships on 10th of June. Both competed in the rider and campdraft events. In the rider event Ashley rode Jugaby for a first and Nathan rode Easy Acres for a fourth from a line-up of at least 19 riders. Both Ashley and Nathan took part in the campdraft, and although not placed were pleased with the way their horses went.

Nathan on Easy in the campdraft

Young turn-back riders as the sun comes up

Line-up of some of the 17 and under 21 year old riders

Early morning junior campdrafters

Nathan riding Easy Acres

Ashley on Jugaby

Paul held the first of his private lesson sessions on Mick and Tiffany Allen's property at Luskintyre near Lochinvar on 19th of July - we are hoping that this will become a regular item on our calendar as so many people find this way of receiving tuition convenient and time-saving. We thank Mick and Tiff for kindly making available their property as a safe venue. If you would like to have a lesson with Paul please contact us to reserve a time.

Phone: 02 65583152

Mail: 1806 Gloucester Tops Rd
Gloucester 2422

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