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NEWSLETTER – CHRISTMAS, 2003

We can hardly believe Christmas is really here again – but every year we seem to feel like that.

We have finished our last show for the year and congratulations to the team of riders and horses because they come home from every show with firsts and Champions.  It was very gratifying because, with Lindy pregnant in the beginning of the year and later a baby to look after, the number of shows we could do was limited and performances for Sydney Royal are very demanding with so many Open Classes and Breed sections to gain performances in.  So well done everyone.

A special congratulations to our pupils who have done so well this year, to Brooke Higgins of Queensland who is leasing our pony Marena Sweet Kiss who at Brisbane Royal this year did so well, to Jodi & Ben Maytom who had wonderful shows at Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane and to Nellie Evans at Canberra and Bathurst Royals.  They will all be competing at Sydney Royal in 2004 along with the 10 horses and 11 pupils we have entered.

Kath Jones is highly excited by her good news received lately.  Her Warmblood mare Vashti won top in the State for Hacking.  Vashti went from Bronze to Gold in one year.  But that was not all; she was also Runner-up in the State for the Led section.  Congratulations Kath.

It has been a quite extraordinary year for 9 year old Sarah McMillian who at the Australian Youth Jumping Festival in September 2003 won – the Pony Grand Prix under 18 years on her pony Thunder and on her other pony Classic Art was 2nd in the Child Grand Prix under 14 years.  At the NSW Titles in October Sarah was first on Classic Art.  A marvellous result for a nine year old.  Her Showjumping family, John and Cath McMillan must be very proud of her.

Sarah has also become very keen on showing and has been attending Shows with Lindy and our team of horses for over 12 months.  Sarah first came to us and did a Three day School when she was only 5 years.  This year she has been riding Marena Blue Skies, Marena Skylights, Marena Windflower and Marena Sweet Kiss in riding classes, Pony Hacks, Show Hunters and all the breed classes with great success winning Champions and Reserve Champions.  We find Sarah a very dedicated pupil and we are sure she has a big future.

The last lessons for the year will be on Thursday 18th December 2003.  There will be no lessons then until school resumes on Tuesday 27th January, 2004.  However, I know that some who have not been riding all that long may want lessons over the holiday period so some bookings may be made from 12th January 2004.

School Dates - This year we will not be able to have three days before Christmas but we will run a Two Day School on Fri-Sat. December, 19th & 20th and Three Day School on Mon-Tues-Wed, January 19th, 20th & 21st.

Please make your bookings early so that we may reserve your favourite horse.

Bruce Walker’s book of Australian Bush Poetry and stories, “On the Spur of the Moment” makes a very suitable Christmas present.  It is a beautifully presented book with lots of interesting and fun tales.  Contact us for your copies – Special bulk prices for Christmas.

All at Marena Stud wish you and your parents a very happy Christmas and thank you for your time with us this year and we look forward to a long and happy future together.

Hope Santa is good to you.  See you next year.

                                                                Love & Best Wishes, 

                                                         Maureen and Bruce Walker and Lindy Johnson

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