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May, 2011

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King of the Ranges - 2011

Brett Jones - Fresh from Sydney Royal Brett Jones competed in the Annual King of the Ranges Competition at Murrurundi recently.

The “King of the Ranges” Event was run over 3 days in crisp autumn weather at Murrurundi with the final on 1st May 2011.  It is a great spectacle and lots of good fun in the  traditional Australian bushman’s way.  This year there was 61 competitors.

Here are the details of the different activities competitors have to face in the King of the Ranges:
Preliminary Events:
Packhorse - Pack a pack saddle (must use your riding horse as packhorse) lead it around a course and unpack.
Horse Shoeing - Shoe a front and a back foot of a horse.
Stock Handling - Take three head of cattle around a course using a dog.
Whip Cracking - Crack 10 targets (some while jumping), use a sword and collect two rings and burst two balloons, all at a canter.
Bareback Obstacle Course.
Cross Country - 20 obstacles including logs, ditches, tyres, gates, etc over 2 km (to be done in stock saddle.

The Top 10 Competitors then do a Brumby Catch and a Buckjump - in their own stock saddle.  Brett didn't catch the brumby but Falcon put in a good effort.  He rode time in the buckjump section and ended up 4th Overall after going into the Finals in 7th place.

Brett won Best Presented (Falcon was still shiny from Sydney Royal!).

The next Allan Wallen Clinic at Marena Riding Academy is 2-3 July - Check our Upcoming Events for details

Brett Jones at KoR '11 - Buck Jumping -2
Big congratulations for an excellent effort by Brett who is one of the very keen riders at our Allan Wallen Clinics.  I was very busy at Sydney Royal trying to convince him to go in the Gentleman Rider Class, but I guess he prefers Buckjumping.

Brett Jones at KoR '11 - Brumby Catch Brett Jones at KoR '11 - Buck Jumping -1

Brett Jones at KoR '11 - Buck Jumping -3

Sydney Royal 2011 - Under Construction


Lil Mills on Amber Wish - 1st in Novice Pony Hack - Sydney 2011

At left -
Marena Amber Wish
won 1st in Novice Pony Hack ridden by Lil Mills who was successful on her at Canberra Royal also.
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. 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 their success in this event at Canberra Royal and placed 5th.

Marena Sky Chief 20 Years Old

Vale Marena Sky Chief

We recently lost one of our favourite horses, Marena Sky Chief.

He won Champion Stallion at the NSW Australian Saddle Pony Show at 21 years of age.

Supreme Champion at Brisbane Royal 1993 and Champion Ridden Stallion at Melbourne Royal and Canberra Royals.

Click here to see our Tribute to Marena Sky Chief,, one of nature's gentlemen.


Good Luck to you all,
Maureen Walker

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"I liken my life to a mountain climb.  If you don't enjoy the climb, how important can the top be?"  - Country singer, Kenny Rogers.

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