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May, 2013

Glorious Autumn - Hasn’t the weather been sensational?

The first crop of our foals from the new Kolbeach stallions are heading towards 2 years of age – Marena Royal Rose, Marena Royal Lass, Marena Royal Ballet and Marena Sunrise are all fillies from our best female families.  Marena Royal Rose is a filly from Marena Windflower – winner of 5 Supreme Champions at Sydney Royal. We will break these youngsters in next year.

Also, as winter is approaching, we are about to wean the 2012 foals: –

Marena King of Hearts, a colt from Marena Heartbeat by Kolbeach Royal Print that we have decided to grow as a future sire.
Marena Royal Myth, a liver chestnut gelding from Kolbeach Fantasia.
Marena Amber Brave, a gelding, purchased at foot with Marena Amber Whispers at our Clearance Auction in December 2012 by Kristie and Sam Hatherly for their son Harry.
Marena Royal Star, a gelding from Gabi Hollows and daughter Emma’s mare Marena Starflower who is one of only 2 mares we have left by the mighty Sun Puff (imp).  Emma is home for a break; she and long time partner Bonnie are getting married before they return to America.  We are looking forward to attending this happy event.

It is such a big year for special occasions

Lots of birthdays and other big events.  Bruce and I turned 80, Gabi Hollows turned 60 and Emma is getting married.

Bruce, Lindy and I attended well know horse woman Judy Amory’s 90th Birthday, the pouring rain on that day did not dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.  Then the next day, luckily, in brilliant sunshine we attended the wedding of Kath Peterson and Peter Flynn in their beautiful garden at Coronation Park.

Earlier in the year we went to see the marvellous production of the stage play The War Horse and this month we are joining a group of our horsey friends to see Cavalia as a birthday surprise.

Unfortunately there have been some sad occasions too; we attended 4 funerals of friends in four week period – former pupil Steven Kadar, the Fire fighter killed in Victoria, Bryson Bensley, a long time friend from Goulburn, Col Westbrook from Cessnock Horse Transport and Don Tanner the latest, our friend and horse Chiropractor from Tamworth.

The New “All Stars” Saddle

Congratulations to Les and Lisa Starkey who bought the first of our new saddles that have just been released for their daughter Ella.

This saddle is an exciting project for us as it has always been difficult to buy a suitable saddle for small ponies and small children. 

Small ponies have usually been swamped with saddles too big for them which spoils the overall picture, is no help to a small rider’s position in the saddle and puts undue pressure on the pony’s back if ridden by a larger rider.

We have not forgotten the larger riders need saddles to help them achieve the correct position too and larger horses as well as ponies like comfort so we have had our saddles made in all sizes that sell at an affordable price.


Having taught riding all my life it has become apparent that the correct size and the position the saddle enables the rider to achieve, along with the horse’s comfort, is paramount. 

This is a handmade, boutique saddle especially designed to achieve these aims.

News of our Pupils

Paris Lehmann - Many years ago a Sydney couple, Malcolm and Alice Lehmann, answered one of our ads to buy a horse for their daughter Amanda.  The upshot of that meeting was that Marena Calypso found a loving home and we found some lifelong friends.  Now we have had another phone call from Alice, her son Ben and wife Anna want a pony for his daughter Paris.

Paris is a very keen rider who is longing for a horse.  She has been here and found her dream in the dappled grey mare Marena Sky Dance.  The family lives in Sydney and have a farm in the Blue Mountains where they spend the weekends.  Paris is having some lessons here and will attend the Three Day Schools, she is an enthusiastic pupil with a great attitude.

Jessie Cooper who bought Marena Karrella attends lessons here and is having a great time as she gets to know her new pony.  At her first show Jessie won first in the Novice Girl Rider at Gosford Show in May.  She is a member of Tall Timbers Pony Club and is doing well there too.

The Talbot Family will be looking for a new horse as the lovely black pony Blandford Midnight Edition has been sold; his is on his way to Kununurra where the show world is really taking off.  He has been an excellent pony for Alexa and she will be sad to see him go but it is time she moved onto a bigger horse.

Nell Evans has been showing the mare Geisha that she and Sarah Hooke bought at our Auction in December 2012 with much success.  Geisha is already showing that she has what it takes in the show ring.  Photo at right.

Nell’s other purchase from our auction Marena Victorious has just returned from breaker Michael Wilson.  Michael thinks he is a great horse and has a big future ahead of him. in the Australian Stockhorse and show hunter ring.

Amanda Jakins – It is good to see past Marena pupils still riding and having success in the show ring.  The Jakins girls, Chloe, Kate and Amanda were pupils here for many years.  Amanda won Champion Small Hack at Gosford Show recently.  Congratulations Amanda.


Show Results

Our last Show before the horses have their winter break was St Ives where the team won:

  • Supreme Led ASP & Champion Led Part Welsh Stallion - Kolbeach Royal Print

  • Champion Senior Rider - Bronte Talbot

  • Champion Gentleman Rider - Jared Mills

  • 1st Girl Rider - Keeley Walker Johnson

  • 1st Adults Galloway - Sandown Musical Note

Gosford Show results:

  • Champion Galloway 14 -15hh, Reserve Champion Led ASP & Reserve Champion Led ANSA - Sandown Musical Note

  • Champion Led ASP & Champion Led Part Welsh- Kolbeach Royal Print - pictured at right

  • 1st Open Pony n/e 11.2 - Marena Amber Wish - Alexa Talbot

  • 1st Open Show Hunter Pony 12.2 - 14hh - Marena Twilights

  • 1st Open Pony 13-13.2 - Blandford Midnight Edition - Alexa Talbot

  • 1st Child's Show Hunter Galloway 14-15hh - Stillbrook Dashing - Bronte Talbot

  • 1st Novice Rider u/12yrs - Jesse Cooper - Marena Karrella

  • 1st Rider 7 - 9yrs - Keeley Walker Johnson - Marena Twilights

  • 1st Rider 15 - 17yrs - Bronte Talbot

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For all at Marena Stud it has already been a big year but we have lots of things planned for the months ahead - look forward to the Schools, Sport and Recreation days and the Annual Marena Show in the weeks to come.
Maureen Walker

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