ON THE ROAD TO QUEENSLAND 2010 - After many and varied holdups Bruce and I were on the road in our Motorhome for our trip to Queensland. We went up the coast road to our first stop at Port Macquarie to stay with long-time friend John Russell. From there we continued on to the Caravan Park at Broadwater on the Gold Coast. I stayed with my very good friend Fay Ross for 10 days whilst Bruce flew back home, to go to go skiing with Peter and friends, on their annual Father and Son Week.
What could Fay and I do all that time? Well - shopping, sightseeing, shopping, ladies’ luncheons, shopping, walks, shopping - you get the idea.
When Bruce came back, we travelled to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast where we found a lovely Caravan Park on the coast at Dicky’s Beach. All the coastal towns of the Sunshine Coast are beautiful but, at this time when southerners visit this region, Caravan Parks were crowded and accommodation is hard to find without booking.
A visit to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo at Beerwah was essential. We had a wonderful day there; it is so well run and clean, with beautiful gardens and such friendly staff. The tragic loss to the world of Steve Irwin hit home for me and brought a tear at times. However there is no doubt that his dream is still alive and well in that place. It is a “must see” destination, especially for children.
On Friday we headed for Eumundi in the Hinterland to stay with Narelle and Wayne Berge. Narelle used to work for me when they lived on the Central Coast before they moved to Eumundi. They have just sold their 10 acre property and are going to move to Rockhampton. Wayne is a very keen Cutting Competition rider and is going to buy a cattle property up there to further his interests. It was wonderful to catch up with them, they were very gracious hosts.
One day we visited the Growers Market at Yandina and the famous Eumundi Markets where I had a marvellous time and Bruce spent most of his time reading or sleeping in the sun. The next day we went back to Yandina to visit the Buderim Ginger Factory. The Hinterland is certainly pretty and very diverse with lots of quaint little towns to visit and many points of interest to see.
Before we left Eumundi we visited that great horse breaker John Pinnell who lives in retirement up there. We had a wonderful day swapping horse stories. John used to break horses for us and has become a good friend over the years.
We are now further north at Woodgate Beach, a tiny little town on the coast south of Bundaberg where we will stay for a week while Bruce does some fishing I will catch with writing my book.
The wild weather caught up with us but the Park was quite protected so all was well. We move onto Bundaberg then further north to Bowen.
Kier Ferrie- From England - Aug 2010 - It was great to receive an e-mail from Kier Ferrie who is in England on a working holiday. Kier was one of our pupils for many years and also worked for riding horses for us. We miss her too.
Marena Stud Show
Our show was a great success with not only the competitors enjoying themselves but also the parents, grandparents and friends watching on with great enthusiasm.
For a more detailed look at the show and results - Marena Show 2010 Newsletter
Sad News for Marena Stud
The news that the lovely pony, Marena Amber Folly, passed away recently will sadden horse lovers that remember her when she was in the show ring. Amber was born at Marena Stud and spent her whole life here. Following her brilliant career, she retired to stud and produced 10 foals in 13 years to various stallions of ours. She will be sorely missed by all who have ridden her and known her.
For the full story click here - Vale Amber Folly
The Evans Family
A trip down to the Evans Family home in the southern Highlands was a very pleasant break and Bruce, Maureen Lindy Luke and Keeley enjoyed their bountiful hospitality
Lindy gave Gary a riding lesson on his new Aust. Stockhorse, Flossie. Yes Gary thought “Why should the young ones have all he fun?” He has bought a new horse that is well trained and also very quiet to learn on, so look out; Gary will be in the ASH ring soon giving son Will and his horse Marena Heritage a run for their money.
Andrea also mounted up for a quick ride, she had been riding quite a bit but became too busy so now is the time to start again.
We are looking forward to both she and Gary competing in the upcoming Marena Show.
Will also had a riding lesson on his sister Nell’s horse, Guv (Marena Macquarie), which brings us to the other piece of news from the neck of the woods. Nell Evans has broken her right foot and will be laid up for some time.
We have been very lucky to be given Marena Trade Wind (at right) to use as long as we like. He is one of Marena Amber Folly’s many prizewinning foals and has been very successful for the Coggon’s Family of Queensland.
Amanda Marfleet bought Trade in our “Reach for the Stars” Auction in 2006 prior to the family’s return to live in England.
We are planning to show him along with our other new horse Marena Twilights in the spring.
Marena Stud Show
Each year we run a small show for our pupils with a wide variety of events to suit all ages and stages. Mums and dads participate too so it is a fun day for all the family. This year the Show is on Saturday, 17th July staring at 10:00am.
pupils compete for ribbons, medallions prizes and trophies. Some firms
have generously provided prizes.
Thank you very much for your help and it would be very nice if our pupils could support these businesses.
Many parents are now having lessons with us now so it will be fun to see them compete at the Marena Show.
Out latest enthusiasts include:
Photo of Gary Evans, at right, during his second lesson.
Visitors from India
Jill Mathers, who lives in Wyong has written an interesting book about Australian Whalers, the horses that were exported overseas in their thousands for war and to India, in particular, for the army and to play polo. During the war years their courage was to earn them the reputation of “the finest war horse in the world.”
Jill brought visitors from India to visit us to see the modern equivalent to the Waler, the Australian Stockhorse. We show three types - the small one used mostly in hilly country, the middle sized weight carrying type and the big one mostly used on the plain country. The Walers for the Army had to be big strong horses to carry a solder and all his battle kit whereas the polo one was more like the modern ASH.
Pictured at right is Dr John Britto, who is writing a book on the horses in India, holding Marena Faith, Marena Outback and Tocal Agile.
With Marena Amber Folly gone it is nice to have one of her foals, Marena Trade Winds, to live with us for as long as we like.
Another of her foals, Marena Flare (pictured at right), lives just up the road with the Coffey Family and has lessons and goes to shows with us.
We are also lucky to have 3 of her fillies, one is in foal and two will be showing for us soon.
Her last "gift" to us, Marena Amber Gift is pictured at left, in 2009.
Good Luck to you all.
Quote of the Month
"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you command the attention of the world." - from Cindy Coggan.
Contact - Maureen, Bruce or Lindy
HB & M Walker
336 Yarramalong Road, Wyong NSW 2259
Phone/Fax: +61 (0)2 4352 1707