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October, 2013

Click here for earlier News:     Past News Features and Newsletters


It has been some time since I updated our News – Bruce and I have been away a lot and Peter, our web manager now works near Newman in WA and does not get home too frequently and some times we are not here - so there is a lot to catch up on.
 

Marena Two-Day School September '13


Keeley, Teela Borrowdale, Briana Denham,
Ella Evans & Lindy,
all being instructed by Harry.


Alexa Talbot on Glowmax Jazzman


L-R: Lara Timmis, Alexa Talbot. Keeley Johnson,
Paris Lehman, Ella Starkey, Teela Borrowdale, Haley Davis, Kasey Davis, Jacinta Boyd, Ella Evans.


Kristie's 2-week old bub, Edward, in the shade.

Our Schools

Each School Holidays we have one- and two-day Schools for riders - children and adults.

Our special one-day (Beginner) schools introduce our pupils to these types of activities.
The Schools teach riding, care of the horse, saddling, catching, grooming,
horse psychology, mounted games and cross country jumping,
 all targeted specifically at each rider's level of competence.

The Schools are a good opportunity for regular riders to develop and
test their progression and increase their confidence. 

We have half-day sessions for Sport & Recreation,
disadvantaged people and Birthday Parties.

We also run specialist Schools by visiting instructors.

Our aims are:  Safety, improvement and enjoyment.

Bookings are essential.  See our Upcoming Events and Schools page.


Kristie & Sam's son, Harry having some fun.


Our trip to Yango

At the end of September we visited the 3,000 acre property that we used to own, “Yango”.  Situated in the middle of the Yengo National Park, it is now owned by National Parks and Wildlife.  It was always an isolated property and although there is a telephone now it still remains so.  It is of special significance as an Aboriginal sacred site and as an example of an outback cattle station.  There was a hidden spring of running water on Mt Yango that the rangers had not been able to find so Bruce and I went out to show Head Ranger Jeff Betteridge its whereabouts. 

It is always a pleasure to visit the place where our family spent many happy years.  Later we were joined by the rest of the family and a few friends for a wonderful weekend.  The Evans family, Gary, Andrea, Will, Nellie and their grandmother Anne came.  Emma Hollows was home on a visit from the US so she and Gabi Hollows joined us with Lindy, Luke and Keeley too.  We ate quite well with all those good cooks present, sitting on the verandah with views up the valleys, watching the kangaroos and wallaroos grazing in what used to the home horse paddock.


L-R: Emma Hollows, Maureen, Bruce, Lindy, Keeley, Luke, Anne, Nell, Gabi Hollows, Andrea & Garry Evans, with Mt Yango in the background, taken from the Finchley Lookout.


Hand paintings by the original Australians
in the caves at Yango.

No cattle roam those verdant valleys any more, there is no stallion in the stable and the cattle yards are silent, but faintly, I thought I heard some dogs bark.  However, the beauty and the solitude of the place still work their magic.

In the four wheel drive vehicles we explored the valleys and the rugged hills, taking in the views from the magnificent Big Yango, the sites of past settler’s huts and the ancient cave drawings and rock carvings.  Much time was spent telling Head Ranger Geoff Betteridge and our visitors stories of the past exploits of our time there and stories related to us by the original owner.  This unique property has been owned by only three families in its 150 years of white settlement - the Forbes, the Walkers and the Bowens before it was sold back to the nation in September 2000.


L-R: Andrea & Nell Evans, Emma Hollows, Garry Evans & Gabi  near the caves.

The property is available to rent by visitors through Parks and Wildlife, the comfortable homestead is available and there are also several camping sites available.  To find out more about our old place click here: Yango National Park and search for Yengo.


Our trip to the Blue Mountains

For a short break Bruce and I went up to the beautiful Leura township recently when the Garden Festival was on.  It was very dry and the gardens were suffering as the heat and the winds were building up.  We arrived home on the Tuesday night just before the terrible fires that ravaged many townships on the Blue Mountains on that fateful Thursday.  These tragedies touched so many people in an ever widening ring.  We were saddened to hear the following week that a crop duster pilot, who was helping water bomb the fires when conditions became too dangerous for the helicopters, was killed when his small plane crashed.  The young 43 year old man with 3 children was the son of well-known Southern Highlands vet, Andrew Black, whom I met many years ago when I was judging Adelaide Royal and who looks after the Evans and the Hooke’s family horses.


Lindy and Sarah's orphan foalAnother sad story unfolded just before the fires when Harriet Hooke’s galloway mare, Sandown Matinee Idol, who had finished a very successful show career and was having her first foal by our stallion Kolbeach Royal Print.  A most unusual occurrence resulted when Idol produced a magnificent liver chestnut colt foal with a blaze and 4 white stockings only to loose her own life.  It is ironic that it was Andrew Black who fought to save the Idol’s life.  Andrew said he had never seen that happen before so it was extremely bad luck for the Hooke family and all our sympathy goes to them.

It was a most upsetting day for everybody and all jumped in to help.  Andrea Evans supported Sarah and did all the driving in the mercy dash to the Vet Hospital at Camden to try to save the mare and subsequently up to us with the foal for us to care for him.  A foster mother was found in the Hunter Valley and her owners dropped everything to bring her to Marena Stud for the little chap who was barely 14 hours old.  A few sleepless nights and watchful days followed for Lindy but foster mother and son soon bonded.  Maisie is a wonderful mother and the colt is strong and advanced and thinks he owns the world already, now 2 weeks old.

Sarah's foal by Kolbeach Royal Print is pictured with his new mum & Lindy. 
It seems the foal is not sure who is his mum.


Australian Stockhorse Society
After we arrived home from Leura I attended a meeting of the ASH Judges Panel Bruce.  We drove to Scone with no signs of trouble only to be told on our arrival about the devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains and near Newcastle that had closed the Newcastle airport and the highway preventing other members of the Panel form completing the journey.  The last members arrived at 2.30 am the Friday morning!

David Wilson, David Ross and I make up the team of three people who test the ASH Level 2 Judges and along with Joy Poole are developing the training and testing of these judges.  The Australian Stockhorse Judges’ Panel consists of 20 people and handle all judging matters.  At present the Panel is busy revising the National Pattern Book for all competitions.



Nell's Hack, DP Jeremiah

All our clients’ new horses continue to perform well.  The Evans and the Hooke’s horses were up here recently for lessons.  Nell and Will have quite a lot of horses to work at present. 

Sarah Hooke is also retiring her show mare Majestic to stud this year now she has a new young black gelding Lone Pine Jackmen.  He is here at present having further training and looking quite stunning.

Emma Hollows who will be living in the US for a couple of years has decided to send her show mare Breezy Street to stud.  She is a registered ASH so we are looking for a suitable ASH stallion at the moment.  Her other mare Marena Starflower with be mated again with Kolbeach Royal Print. 
Gabi & Emma's 6yo gelding, What a Shifter (Zing) has just retired from racing & has arrived here to let down and get ready for a new owner.  Zing is a handsome chap by our Thoroughbred stallion Shifting and is a half brother to Breezy Street.

Will Evans' new ASH Gelding
Will riding the Evans'
Marena Memory Lane (Shifting - Marena Memories)


Marena Sunline Filly foal, 2013Kristie’s baby boy, Edward, just 6 weeks old in this picture, is growing so fast and he is learning the horse game very early.  The other day it amused me to see Kristie pushing him in the pram with the breaking gear over her shoulder that she was taking down to Lindy in the round yard. 

Stud Season
It is a busy time at the Stud with the stud season, foals being born (we are expecting 6), going to shows and training the young horses.  We are preparing three two year old geldings for sale and will have a couple of young ridden horses ready soon.

Pictured at right is Marena Sunline with her new filly foal
by Kolbeach Royal Print

Amanda Marfleet is going to visit Australia in December as she is coming over to support one of her past pupils competing at Werribee for the National Horse of the Year.


It wont be long before Christmas will be here so do not forget to book into the last School before the teaching year ends
Go to
our Upcoming Events and Schools page for dates. 

The last day of lessons for the year will be 19th December.  Lessons will be available during the School Holiday period from

GOOD NEWS - We are planning another Marena Allen Wallen Clinic during January.  Keep an eye on the Website and our Newsletters for updates.

 

All our best wishes to you and lots of joy from your riding.

Maureen Walker

 

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