Royal Astra is a second cross registered gelding out of the beautiful palomino mare, Silverthorn Chanteuse, that we bred from Elle Astra – one of our best producing mares; and by Montcalm Luke.
No matter what stallion we put Elle Astra to, she consistently produced champion stock. In the case of Silverthorn Chanteuse, Elle Astra was bred to our Section B Welsh Pony, Nattai Nimbus and the result was no exception with this mating. She she gave us much pleasure in the show ring – with her multi registrations (Australian Stock Horse Society, Australian Palomino Horse Association, Australian Pony Stud Book Society, Welsh Pony and Cob Society and Australian Saddle Pony Association). With these registrations it made for very interesting show days, and in many instances coming home with champion sashes out of each respective breed ring. Chanteuse was a Sydney Royal winner, as well as taking out championships at the Palomino Nationals and the Australian National Horse Show.
Chanteuse’s sire, Nattai Nimbus, was bred by the late Lady Diana Creswick, and was shown by us for many years with great success. Nimbus has been a wonderful show pony for us with many championships and supreme championships to his credit. He has produced some wonderful ponies for ourselves and many other prominent pony breeders as well as some first cross ASH progeny.
Royal Astra, “Louie”, needs no introduction in the buckskin, dressage, ASH, school teams rings as he is a well known competitor with his owner/rider Melissa Payne. This pair have been repeatedly featured on our news pages with their newsworthy efforts which include many championships and great scores. To our great delight Melissa and Louie won champion junior pony dressage exhibit at Sydney Royal Show 2007.
Louie has now been sold on and we’re sure there will be more news to come with his keen new young rider.