Judges: J Meyers, M Chapman
The Sydney Royal Easter Show would probably be the most important event of the year for us. It comes after a year of competing at agricultural and other recognised horse shows in order to earn enough qualifications for our entries to be accepted. To win or place there carries much kudos and recognition by our peers as serious contenders for their future competition as well as give us credence with our current and potential clients.
There are many considerations that go into the planning of these big events and preparation of our horses as well as the associated expenses would be on the top of a long list of priorities.
Young Laura Strelitz accompanied us as our youth rider with her mare Silverthorn Elliette (full sister to Silverthorn My Girl). Laura had a very successful show placing third in the Most Versatile Australian Stock Horse Exhibit, ridden by a youth under 18 years. Gaining the points for this third prize Laura and Elliette had been awarded fourth place in Working ASH ridden by a youth under 18 years; third place in Junior ASHLA; fifth in ASH Hack Mare or Gelding, ridden by a rider under 18 years; third place in the Junior Time Trial; and second in the Junior ASH Small Arena Campdraft. Laura was invited to participate in the ASH Junior Judging and although not placed, it was a wonderful experience for her to be included in this very special event.
Brittany was awarded the prestigious Champion Senior ASHLA on our four-year-old mare Silverthorn Guns and Roses (Silverthorn Shotgun x Montcalm Lucile). Guns and Roses placed well in her other classes with a fifth in Led ASH Mare 4 years and over, over 15hh; fourth in Working ASH mare, 4 years and over; third in ASH Hack Mare or Filly, over 15hh; and fourth in the Senior ASH Small Arena Campdraft.
Our three-year-old filly Montcalm Jocelyn (St Ronan Abdul Smoke x Montcalm Jillaroo) although not placed, took everything in her stride and we couldn’t have been more pleased with her performances in all her events. Of interest, she was one of three St Ronan Abdul Smoke’s progeny competing in the three and under classes.
Nathan Butler rode Knights Jugaby in all his events with fifth place in Working ASH gelding, 4 years and over; and seventh in the Senior Time Trial.
Our two-year-old colt Tarraway Jackson had success with a third in the ASH Colt, 2 years and under; third in the Working ASH Colt, Filly or Gelding under 4 years; and a fourth in the ASH Hack Gelding, Colt or Filly, under 4 years. We couldn’t have been more pleased with Jack’s performance, especially considering he is giving away a year in the under four year old classes. Fortunately, we will be able to compete in these classes once again in 2016.
Our recently sold yearling filly Silverthorn Lilac Time (Silverthorn Shotgun x Rosebrook Mona) was shown by her new owner Georgie Felton. Lilac looked lovely and behaved impeccably in her two years and under led event.
Silverthorn Wills (Waikon Park Coolabah x Six S Stud Charity) with his young rider Jade Fangmeier also enjoyed considerable success placing second overall in the Most Versatile Australian Stock Horse Exhibit, ridden by a youth under 18 years. Gaining the points for this second prize Jade and Wills had been awarded second in Junior ASHLA; second in ASH Hack Gelding over 15hh; first in ASH Hack Mare or Gelding ridden in a snaffle bit, rider to be under 18 years; second in Junior Rider Station Horse; and fifth in Junior Time Trial.
Interestingly, Elliette, Wills and our 2014 Prince of Wales Trophy winner Silverthorn My Girl are all from the mare Six S Stud Charity.
With our stock horse classes over, we travelled back down to Sydney with our Australian Pony Stud Book Pony Amaranda Joyfull for the last day of the show. After our having competed on a beautifully manicured green, smooth arena to work on the week before, it was a shock to see the state the ground had deteriorated to in that short time – bare brown surface and an uneven work area. It’s a pity for competitors not only with the condition of the main arena, but for photo opportunities for competitors with sashes so hard won. Joyfull showed really well placing third in both her led and ridden classes.