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June, 2011

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Sydney Royal 2011


Five year old Keeley is unable to compete at Sydney Royal until she is 6yo but enjoyed riding Show Hunter Galloway, Marena Outback, and Pony, Marena Twilights, in the Exercise Arena - preparing for her debut next year.


Lil Mills on Amber Wish - 1st in Novice Pony Hack - Sydney 2011
Marena Amber Wish
won 1st in Novice Pony Hack ridden by Lil Mills who was successful on her at Canberra Royal also.

Bronte Talbot, Ellie Nicholls & Campbell Jones coming out of the arena after a Grand Parade

Karren & Bronte Talbot in the Pairs at Sydney 2011

Karen & Bronte Talbot on Marena Outback and Marena Twilights, competing in the Parent & Child Pairs - they continued the success they had at Canberra Royal in this event and were placed 5th.



The Hollows' Breezy Street won second in Led ANSA Mare



Nell Evans - fifth  in ASH Junior Judging State Final competition

Harriet Hooke riding Sandown Matinee Idol and Lindy riding Sandown Musical Note wait for the Lady's Galloway Hack



Charlie Hunt on Kolbeach Royal Print ready for the Ring.  Note the number of on-lookers team supporters.

L to R - Melissa Melton, Jarrod Ashbrooke & Nell Evans
- prize winners in the Show Horse Junior Judging competition on Sandown Matinee Idol, Marena Outback and Rocombole Jossie respectively.

Ellie Nicholls on Marena Outback, getting ready for her
Rider class

Marena Accolade - Reserve Champion at HOY 2002There are times when it seems that many well known horses pass on, we have had a few old favourites pass on and recently we heard the sad news that Marena Accolade had gone to greener pastures.  The much loved Marena Accolade, owned by Emma Rudder,  passed away on 9th June.  Our sympathy goes to Emma and her family and our gratitude also to them for giving Accolade such a wonderful life.

Accolade was an impressive horse big and bold, dappled grey, with seemingly endless movement.  His mother was Marena Elegance, a rich brown 16.2 mare with the same bold outlook of Accolade and his sire was Sun Puff (imp), who had very expansive movement, so it was no accident that Accolade’s movement was so dramatic.

We sold him to Mr Lloyd Scott with a number of other horses when he started his show team.  Mark Tarrant worked for Lloyd then and it seemed that Mark and Accolade did not see eye to eye and he became a bit of a maverick.

Emma Rudder who was then Emma Slack fell in love with him and bought him.  It was love at first sight for both of them and the horse became putty in her hands.  They went on to many successes in the showring and he spent the rest of his life in peace and luxury.

 How good is it for us to sell our horses and find, they not only have a successful career, but live with people who love and care for them.  Thank You, Emma.

Birthday Party – Happy Birthday Blaze Keller

We have special Birthday Parties here a Marena Stud.  Mostly the children have not ridden before or been led on a horse.  So we introduce them to the farm and the joys of riding a horse.

Blaze Keller brought five of her friends and they had a great time learning to handle, groom and saddle their horses, - a lot of patting went on!  The children had a riding lesson and were all in control riding their horses, walking and trotting by the end of their lesson.

Pictured at right is Blaze (on the far left) with her party guests and their instructors, Lindy & Mel and enthusiastic helpers, Ellie & Bronte.

Postponement of the Allan Wallen Clinic -  27th & 28th August, 2011
scheduled for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

We have had a lot of rain on the Central Coast and Lindy had booked an indoor arena so we could ride rain, hail or shine.  Unfortunately there has been so much rain that parking of all those big trucks and floats would put pressure on the fragile grass areas at this time of year.  So we will have to wait until after winter.
Click here to see the latest dates of our various Schools & Clinics.

Brett Jones who has attended each of Allan Wallen Clinics had wonderful success at the King of the Mountain competition at Murrurundi in May this year.  See more about Brett in the May News.

These Clinics are great confidence builders and are producing results in the competition already.  There is something for everyone to help you become a more competent rider no matter what your skill level is.  Come along and give it a try, your wont regret it.

Pictured at right are Campbell and Matilda Jones at their first School.

Marena Show

Saturday 16th July is the date for this year’s Marena Show which has become a looked forward to event on the yearly calendar.

This is a great Family Day to get together and a chance for all our pupils to put their learning to the test and have some great fun along the way.

There will be Ribbons, Champion and Reserve Champion Point Scores, Prizes and Trophy’s.  Please come, bring the Family and a Picnic lunch and enjoy this special day run for our pupils and their families. 

We thank our generous Sponsors for their continued support - Horseland, Saddle World and Stable-8, all of Tuggerah.

One Day and Three Day Schools will be held also in the School Holidays. 
Be quick if you have not booked yet so you can secure your favourite school horse.  Ring Lindy.

Lessons - July will be a busy month with lots of riding going on for the School Holidays, if you want private lessons you will need to book your times with Lindy.  Normal lesson times will apply when school resumes.


               Click here to see the latest dates of our various Schools & Clinics.

At left and right, the Wyong Creek kids (all go to Wyong Creek Public School), having a happy time in their lesson.

Other News

Success of our pupils always thrills us if it is in competition, school or life in general.

Brianna Johnson (at left) was the 13 years age Champion at Scone Inter-Schools competition, also 13yr Age Champion at Singleton Inter-School, then on the 28th & 29th May she won Reserve Champion on a count back from Champion at Mangrove Mountain Showjumping.  Well done Brianna!  Brianna attends regular lessons here and the Allan Wallen Clinics.  

Melissa Melton, (pictured right) has had some busy weekends at Sporting competitions over the last few weeks.  She won 3rd place open barrel race at Wee Waa Show Rodeo, 5th place novice barrel race at Branxton Rodeo  , and Champion, 1st place, Money & Feed race & 3rd place Voucher Race at Central Coast Sporting Horse Assoc.

Alex Keith has been riding with us for many years.  Alex commenced here as a beginner and has competed with us at Royal Show level.  All through her Uni Course she would turn up for a lesson or a Show and we were always glad to see her.  Alex has finished her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and passed with First Class Honours and a University medal - Alex was so excited, all the hard work finally paid off.

Congratulations to all the above pupils from everyone here at Marena we are all very proud of you and your accomplishments.

Zoe is not leaving, as reported before, but is cutting back on her working hours.  We were all so happy that she will still be with us and wish her a swift return to good health.

Globe Trotters

Bruce & I are going overseas at the end of June for 7 weeks, staying with friends, visiting horse shows and studs.

We have been visiting the UK since 1995 and have seen many changes in the horses there and make comparisons with the changes occurring in horses here in Australia.

The ponies in particular are interesting.  Australian ponies have improved enormously, whereas before there have always been some outstanding individual ponies now overall our ponies are excellent.  In earlier days, some of our Riding ponies lacked quality bone we now have some very beautiful Riding Ponies here that I think locals tend to undervalue.

Our general, all-purpose pony in the past was a very superior pony.  These were mostly cross-bred using Welsh, Australian Ponies, Arab, Stock Horses, and thoroughbreds – they were tough and resilient just like their countrymen.

The other thing that stood out for me at English shows was that all the body types we see here at an Agricultural Show were there in the English ring, but not in the big horses’ rings. In England big classes there are for Hunters and the horses are very big and heavy in bone and body.

It is quite different in the Australian ring where classes over 15 hds are dominated by thoroughbreds and more elegant finer types.  Another contrast is that the horses are shown in very fat condition where our horses are less fat and more muscled.

We are going to attend the wedding of the Marfleet’s son James and will stay with them in their lovely Tudor/Georgian home in rural Kent where they moved after leaving Australia.  Amanda and Kate are still extremely active showing their horses and have been very successful with Murrum Park Phantom and Oakland Park Phantom of the Opera – two of the horses they took home with them when they left Oz.  They also took “Norman”, their huge Russian Draft horse they had brought with then when they emigrated to Australia.  Norman was always of interest in the ring, being so different, but was also a talented and educated ridden horse.

Murrum Phantom, a grey galloway, has been Veteran of the Year twice and is out campaigning at present for a third win.  After a win in 2010 Windsor Horse Show Kate was complimented by the Queen, who knew that he had come from Australia.  Kate and Amanda both acknowledge that the time they showed in Australia has made them very competitive in the English Show ring.  We will do a feature on Kate Marfleet and her horses shortly.

Clay in Kentucky 2007

Another visit we will make is to Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks place in Wiltshire.  We stayed with them for six weeks in 2006 and saw how hard these two dedicated riders work to achieve the success they have.  They both won a Silver Medal for Australia at the Beijing Olympics and they are both working towards selection for the 2012 Olympics in London.

We hope to attend some Eventing Competitions and to see Clayton and Lucinda riding.

I will be interested to see their daughter Ellie, who is so very keen on riding.  When we were in UK last time, I had the pleasure of giving both Clay and Elle a lesson (Elle on Barley at right).

We will endeavour to put together a feature on Clay & Lucinda's development and success.

Boyd Excel (at right), who has made a big record for himself in Carriage Driving winning the World Champion multiple times and the British National Champion six times.  Last time we visited Boyd he took me driving the New Forrest where we saw the famed herds of these ponies in their natural habitat.

There are other Australians we want to catch up with too.  Kier Ferrie, one of our most dedicated pupils, is working and living in Cambridge, Harriet Hooke is having a gap year and is based in the north for a few months, and Kasey, our granddaughter and Peter’s daughter, has been overseas on a working holiday for about two years and is back in London at present.

Handling the 2010 Foals

Autumn is foal weaning time.  We do only minimum handling of our foals whilst they are on their mums, that is  when they are born and each month at worming time.  After they have settled down from weaning we handle them, catching, lifting their legs and teaching them to lead. 

Some of them are the first foals of our new stallions Kolbeach Royal Print and Kolbeach Scandal.  We are very thrilled with their attitudes and temperaments. 

We have 4 colts and 4 fillies from 2010, - 1 ASH colt by Browns Victory, 3 fillies and 1 colt by Kolbeach Royal Print, 1 colt and 1 filly by Kolbeach Scandal and a filly foal, the very last filly by our wonderful Marena Sky Chief.

Here are a couple of photos of the baby’s on first days of contact.

Lindy took the opportunity to commence teaching
Mel to handle youngsters the Marena way - lol.

Kolbeach Royal Print filly on her second day

Mel and Sky filly both at their first catching.


Melbourne Royal commences 24th September.  The Evans Family with Marena Macquarie and Marena Heritage will be there again this year and Sarah Hooke and her Canberra champion galloway mare , Sandown Musical Note are going to compete too.  Lindy will ride her and help the Evans with their horses and assist Nell in her quest to win the “Garryowen “Memorial Turnout Event   Lindy has been placed in this event every time she has competed, was 2nd twice and won the in 1988 on Marena Cabaret

Maureen is going to judge the Novice and Open Ponies, the Junior Turnouts and Leading Rein.

I will mind Luke and Keeley whilst Lindy is away and then I go to Melbourne when she gets home. I was to judge the Victorian Pony Show and Melbourne Summer Royal in January this year but had to have surgery for a lesion on my leg and was unable to go so I am looking forward to this time.


What a Shifter (Zing), by our stallion Shifting (dec.), owned by Gabi & Emma Hollows & Gabi's husband, John Balaz, and trained by Pam Webber won his race at Nowra on 7th July.  Emma was there to view the event and collect the ribbon.

Congratulations to all concerned.

At right - Zing being ridden by Pam, patted by Gabi.


The wedding was a huge success.  The theme James and Shelley adopted was that of swans, which are known to mate for life, so the wedding invitations, etc. and all the directions signs were written on swan cut outs.


The chosen church is very old, the window above the alter is the oldest stained glass window in the UK.  It was a beautiful solemn ceremony and James and Shelley's love and joy was obvious.  Bruce did a reading and said his much loved poem 'Friendship' to spontaneous applause.

As the couple left the church, the sun was shining brightly and the ancient church bells were ringing.


The guests arrived in buses and private cars, lots camped over night, or what was left of it.  The guests entering the garden were handed a glass of Pimms, Champagne or orange juice and then proceeded down the rose arbour to be greeted by the wedding party in true old fashioned style before they proceeded into the four acres of old English country gardens surrounding the home, a Kent Weldon Hall House, circa 1451.   


The huge white marquee was on the croquet lawn, draped inside with swathes of ivory fabric, with round tables and the beautiful flower arrangements in white swan vases.  The three course meal was served and was followed by the cutting of the wedding cake which was a cheese cake, that is, most unusual, a tiered cake made of wheels of different cheeses decorated with ivory and pink redbuds


James is a photographer and a set designer based in London.  Shelley is in the successful TV series Benidorm, which is shot in Spain, so most of the cast was here.  There were also lots of other talented people who sang well so the Karaoke was very professional.  (I decided not to sing)

Shelley and Kate's dresses were made by seamstress from the series and another friend did the flowers which would have been outstanding in the biggest hotels.  Professional friends of James put up the lights so the light show was spectacular with mirror-boards and smoke and haze.


The dancing was constant and enthusiastic followed by a burlesque cabaret specially written for the occasion by Shelley and James' arty friends.  Then 60 hardy souls trooped down to the lower field and singing around the bonfire until there was not much night left.  The remaining hardy people enjoyed a leisurely Brunch on the patio on a glorious Sunday morning before setting off for home.


Kerry Adby from Sydney also came over for the wedding; Bruce and I were honoured to have the wonderful experience of being part of this special occasion.


And, by the way, last week we went to Bruges in Belgium for the day, it was Freddy Marfleet's birthday.


Maureen Walker

in Kent England.

Good Luck to you all,
Maureen Walker

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