Canberra Royal 2011 - In Pictures!
Walker and Sarah Hooke (Left) had plenty to smile about with the Hooke's new
mare, Sandown Musical Note. At Canberra Royal this year, the mare won Best
Novice Galloway Hack, Champion Led Galloway Mare, Reserve Champion Led ANSA Mare
and 3 Firsts, including the Novice and Open Galloway Hack classes.
In spite of
all the drama leading up to Canberra Royal, with many people without
stables, the show lived up to its well-earned reputation of a great
show, even with good weather and lots of horses. The rings were packed
– all but a few classes filled to capacity.
We had a
wonderful show but it was sad for us that some of out team had to cancel
due to lack of stable allocation – namely the Evans and their three
horses, Emma and Gabi Hollows and their new Thoroughbred mare, Breezy
Street and Carlie Lind with her horse, Glencoe Double Take.
Sarah and Harriet Hooke were given stables at the last minute for their
Many of the photos in the collage below were taken by Julie Wilson.
Maureen, very proud of Keeley’s win. Maureen won her first
riding class when she was four years old and so did daughter Lindy
and granddaughter Keeley. Now Keeley has beaten them both by
winning her first Royal Show blue ribbon at five years. Keeley was
2nd in this class last year.
Keeley Walker Johnson on
working out in her Rider Class, led by Lindy Walker.
We have started a Web-page
for Keeley to show her progress throughout her blossoming "career".
See Our Riders for more information
the riders on this page.
Sarah Hooke leading Keeley from the ring after Keeley, led by her
mother Lindy, won the Best Rider under Seven Years to Be Led from a
big class of over twenty little ones.
Lindy leaving the ring on Sarah and Harriet Hooke’s Sandown Musical
Note after winning the Open Galloway Hack.
The presentation to
Sandown Musical Note for Best Novice Galloway by Judge James
Sandown Musical Note (Pixie)
ridden and led by Lindy Walker
First & Champion Led Galloway Mare
Reserve Champion Led ANSA Mare,
Novice & Open Heavyweight Galloway 14 to 14.2 hands,
Best Novice Galloway Hack
at Canberra 2011.
This young mare is in her first season of showing.
Charlie Hunt brings Kolbeach Royal Print
back from the ring after winning Riding Pony Stallion, accompanied
by her husband Andrew. Royal also won the Aust. Saddle Pony Ridden
Kolbeach Royal Print competing in Ridden Riding Pony Stallion,
which he won.
Royal was purchased by us
as a two-year old from Kolbeach Stud in 2009. He was broken-in
during August 2010, began his show training and won his first ridden
class at Singleton 1 month after being broken, won performances for
Royal Shows and this was his first Royal Show outing.
Not bad for a three year old!
His first foals are on the
Click here to see Royal's Progeny
Kolbeach Royal Print won Ridden ARP and
Ridden ASP Stallion at Canberra 2011.
Ridden for us by Charlie Hunt from Argyle Stud of SA
Marena Amber Wish, ridden here by Lil Mills, came second
in the Open Pony Hack not exceeding 11.2hh.
Marena Amber Wish was won her class and Reserve Champion Led Part
APSB Mare. Wish’s dam is the three times Grand National Champion
Small Pony Hack winner Marena Amber Folly. Her Father is Cedar
Konrad the winner of 34 Supreme Champion award in his show career.
Marena Amber Wish competing in Open Pony Hack.
This young pony was broken
in April 2010 and
competed at her first show in August.
She won Supreme Champion Led Senior Show Hunter
at the NSW Riding Pony Show in October 2010.
This was her first Royal
to ride every horse she can; here she is having a ride on stallion
Kolbeach Royal Print after he won the Ridden Riding Pony Stallion
with Charlie Hunt aboard.
Harriet Hooke is having a gap year after finishing her HSC, seen
here riding her galloway mare Sandown Matinee Idol in Open Galloway
Hack - both had a marvellous show winning 2nd Led Arabian
Derivative, 3rd Led Galloway Mare.
Harriet paired with
Melissa Melton and won 4th in the pair of riders.
Marena Twilights won 1st and Reserve Champion Led APSB
Mare and Reserve Champion Ridden APSB. Twilights also carried Keeley
to win her rider class u/7yrs led.
Bronte Talbot on Marena Trade Winds (L), and Ellie Nichols on Marena
Outback (R) won a 3rd in Pair of Riders.
Canberra Show was not all work for some, Sam Wells from Victoria,
Keeley and Luke Walker-Johnson enjoyed a ride on this very patient
Karren and Bronte Talbot
competed at their first Royal Show, an experience that can phase the
best of us, but it just seemed to fire up their enthusiasm for more
of the same. Pictured here in the Parent and Child in which they
were placed fifth riding Marena Outback and Marena Trade Winds.
Lil Mills' mother,
Catherine had a successful show,
on her palomino galloway
Westlake Peter Pan.
Ellie Nichols on Marena
Outback , won a 3rd and 5th at Canberra Royal. Ellie has
just started showing again after a couple of years break.
Lil Mills at
Canberra 2011, doing an extended trot on her pony
Royal Appointment of Beckworth
Vince Corvi accepting another Champion ribbon for Champion Harness
Vince is one of the best known figures in the show ring.
A new generation of Show Riders
Keeley Walker Johnson at the head of the line-up in her Riding
Class, Canberra Royal 2011.
2nd was Oscar Hallis with mother, Sally (nee McFadgen),
3rd to Coco Gunther, mother Tony (nee Crompton),
and 4th was Dale Plum's daughter, Poppi.
James Athanasoff was a very hard working judge at the show but
seemed to be enjoying himself on the final day
It was a sad day at
Canberra Royal, and on Lindy’s birthday too, Highlights, who was almost 30 years
old, lay down for the last time.
Highlights at Jan McDonald’s APSB Clearance Sale and she bred for us two
beautiful and successful mares, Marena Skylights, winner of 6
Royal Show Champions and Supreme Champions, and Marena Twilights, who has been
Champion or Reserve for 5 Royal Shows in a row to date.
We also used
Highlights to teach children to ride for a few years. Highlights is seen here
shortly before she passed on. She protectively followed her daughter Skylights’
foal to ensure its safety as it trotted around the yard amongst the other mares
At right, Three Generations - Glenmore Highlights, Marena Skylights and colt
foal by Kolbeach Royal Print, Marena Royal Lights.
Good Luck to you all,
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