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March, 2011

Canberra Royal 2011 - In Pictures!

Lindy 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 two Galloways.
Many of the photos in the collage below were taken by Julie Wilson.
Sarah Hooke, Lindy Walker & Pixie - Canberra Royal 2011

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 Marena Twilights,
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 about
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 Athanasoff

Sandown Musical Note (Pixie)
ridden and led by Lindy Walker
also won
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 Stallion class.

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 ground,
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 Lodge 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 Show.

Keeley has 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 Shetland pony.


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 Horse. 
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

Vale Glenmoore Highlights

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.

We purchased 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 and foals. 
At right, Three Generations - Glenmore Highlights, Marena Skylights and colt foal by Kolbeach Royal Print, Marena Royal Lights.


Good Luck to you all,
Maureen Walker

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