How lucky are Bruce and I? We are going to England again this year.
We leave on 26th June to fly to Mauritius where our son, Peter, has been working since September last year. We will stay with him for a week in that island paradise then fly on to London and down to Kent where we will stay will the Marfleets, who moved from Sydney to England in September, 2006.
Kate Marfleet has settled into life in England and has been riding Dressage and competing for a place in the British Junior Team. However the latest news we have is that Kate is going to ride for Australia in England and Europe. Good on you Kate! - And lots of luck.
This year we will be attending Competions and Shows with the Marfleets including Dressage on the Continent and the Royal Show at Stoneley. We are looking forward to shopping in the “town” of tents at these shows, with all sorts of merchandise from clothing to saddlery, gifts to furniture. I had a really good time there!
Whilst we are there we will spend some time with Clayton Fredericks and his family at Devizes in Wiltshire. Clay used to ride with us and was a very successful show competitor before he specialised in Horse Trials (Eventing). He has been living in England now for 13 years and has married an English lady, Lucinda; they both ride for Australia in International competition.
We had a wonderful time last year attending all the Horse Trials to watch Clay and Cinda ride, on the beautiful English Estates, these venues are a feast for the eyes.
Clay won the World Cup in 2005 and was second in the 2006 World Championships at Aachen to Sara Philips.
What a wonderful year “Team Fredericks” have had. In April, Clay (Pictured at left) flew his horse “Ben-Along Time” to Lexington, Kentucky, and won the Rolex Horse Trails with fellow Australian rider, Philip Dutton coming second. A week later Lucinda (pictured at right) won the Badminton Horse Trials. How is that AUSTRALIA?
We may be able to visit Fran and her mother Heidy in Switzerland whilst we are overseas. Fran lived in Australia for some time and rode with us and then we visited Switzerland in 2005 when she and Lucas married. As a wonderful surprise for me Fran arrived at Sydney Royal this year and spent two weeks with us. I would like to return the surprise.
Kath Jones went to England for three weeks to meet her daughter Rochelle who has been working and travelling around England and Europe for almost a year. Apparently Roie gave Kath quite a whirlwind tour and Kath is still catching her breath but full of all the excitement. Nelson has been winning for her even though she has been on holiday.
We are very pleased to welcome several new clients to Marena Stud. Alan and Sherrilie George and their daughter Taylor-Lee. They brought their much loved and trusted Glo Brook Georgie Boy to live here and have subsequently purchased Marena Fanfare from us. Taylor is very keen on her showing and dressage and won Champion Rider at Gosford Show recently. Taylor is doing her Higher School Certificate this year so riding may be a little limited but I am sure she will make it to most of the shows.
Shaun and Sherine Coffey and daughter, Georgia, bought the pony mare, Marena Stormy Lass, from Julie Jeppeson in Queensland. The pony is living here whilst Georgia is learning to ride this talented little mare. Stormy was sold as an unbroken 2 years old to a SA family. She was an excellent all round mount for them as well as competing at an advanced level jumping. When those children grew out of her she was sold to Therese Higgins in Toowoomba for daughter Brooke, and thence onto the Jeppesons in northern Qld. who has another pony of ours, Marena Conair. So here Stormy is, much travelled but back home again
Sarah and Harriet Hooke from Canberra have brought their Galloway Euston Playwright to live with us. Harriet goes to boarding school in Bowral and when she is very busy it is convenient for her to meet us at a Show to compete. Other times she will come up to Marena Stud for lessons and schools.
Another new arrival for training is Willowcroft Regal Heir, a Galloway that Brian Burgess has bought for his daughter Lucy. The family has recently purchased property in the Yarramalong Valley and their first big family time here was over the June long-weekend. They were caught in the middle of the big Central Coast floods. What an introduction to Yarramalong!! Never mind, things will be much better in the future as the Yarramalong Valley is the best place to live.
Anna Scanlon has a lovely young pony that is here growing up and learning to be a well-mannered pony to show when she is old enough. Anna had the Galloway, Wesswood Seduction, with us before and we showed her for Anna with great success. Seduction is now owned by a Victorian family.
Belinda Scanlon’s lovely young mare, Alkyra Elegance, is here for breaking in and education. “Elle” has had a very successful led show career so far, naturally Belinda is anxiously waiting to see her in the ring under saddle. Preliminary glimpses of her under saddle are exciting.
Janet Timmis bought a brown colt at our “Reach for the Stars” Auction in January, 2006 named Marena Valour. This pony is by Cedar Lodge Konrad from Marena Sun Folly. An attractive and elegant pony, he is developing into a nice looking stallion. Lindy has been showing him since the end of 2006 with Champions at each show.
Judith Robb bought a new pony for her son Daniel named Wind Chime, he is here for some training and Daniel is having lessons on him.
Gabi and Emma Hollows are enjoying setting up their horse breeding hobby. The girls were let loose at Inglis’ Thoroughbred sale last year and came home with a mare, in foal to Dolphin Street. In the Spring she foaled a stunning chestnut filly, whom Gabi named Breezy Street. “Lul” (the mare) is in foal to Shifting this year and has gone home to Mogo Creek Stud whilst Breezy is staying with us to be prepared for her future.
Gayna Harvey has started Santana Stud where she is breeding ponies specially suited for children to ride. She purchased Marena Elite and Marena Sun Folly at our “Reach for the Stars” Auction in January 2006. The mares have been back for service again this year to Marena Sky Chief and Cedar Lodge Konrad. Rod and Gayna’s daughter, Shilo has lessons here and has just begun to show. At her first show she wanted to exchange her red (second) ribbon for a pink one (encourager). It did not take her long to realise that blue is the best colour.
We accompanied D’Arcy Smith to the Australian Stock Horse Sale in Scone in March where we helped him purchase two mares with foals at foot and one in-foal mare to start his ASH stud.
Doing well at shows
Jared Ashbrooke continues to develop as a rider and is concentrating on learning the art of training horses with a view for his future career. He is developing very nicely under the careful tutelage of Lindy Walker two days a week and has riding lessons on two other days
To everybody’s delight Jared won Champion Boy and then Supreme Rider of the Show at St Ives Ag. Show recently as Jared is a hard working and dedicated lad who works to fund his horses.
Nell and Will Evans continue their success in the show ring and had a marvellous weekend at the ASH National Championships in May. Nell, with Marena Memories won two Champions and a Reserve.
Will has had great success in judging competitions this year, winning second in the ASH National Junior Judging competition. Will also won first place in same competition at Canberra Royal. It seems young Will may have a good eye for a horse.
Everyone asks us about Luke and Keeley riding would you believe it we seem too busy to teach them! A new resolution I will teach them to ride when I get home from my trip. They both are very comfortable with the horses and Keeley loves them and plays constantly with all her various horse toys. She always helps get the horses and put them away and often rides Goldmark. Luke is a real farm boy and loves the tractors and other machinery - he even helped with the worming Marena Maxina last month. Keeley turned two on 27th April and Luke four on 15th June.
Our Webmaster, Peter, has been working in Mauritius and so has been unable to update the site regularly. Following that assignment, he will be working in Singapore on a very tightly programmed job so he may be a trifle busy there also.....
Good luck at the shows and kindest regards
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