has been some time since I updated our News – Bruce and I have been away a lot
and Peter, our web manager now works near Newman in WA and does not get home too
frequently and some times we are not here - so there is a lot to catch up on.
Two-Day School September '13
Keeley, Teela Borrowdale, Briana
Ella Evans & Lindy,
all being instructed by Harry.
Alexa Talbot on Glowmax
L-R: Lara Timmis, Alexa Talbot. Keeley Johnson,
Paris Lehman, Ella Starkey, Teela Borrowdale, Haley Davis, Kasey Davis,
Jacinta Boyd, Ella Evans.
Kristie's 2-week old bub,
Edward, in the shade.
Each School Holidays we have one- and two-day
Schools for riders - children and adults.
Our special one-day (Beginner) schools
introduce our pupils to these types of activities.
teach riding, care of the horse, saddling, catching, grooming,
psychology, mounted games and cross country jumping,
specifically at each rider's level of competence.
The Schools are a good opportunity for
regular riders to develop and
test their progression
and increase their confidence.
We have half-day sessions for Sport &
disadvantaged people and Birthday Parties.
We also run specialist Schools by visiting
Our aims are: Safety, improvement
Bookings are essential. See our
Events and Schools page.
Kristie & Sam's son,
Harry having some fun.
trip to Yango
At the end of September we visited the
3,000 acre property that we used to own, “Yango”. Situated in
the middle of the Yengo National Park, it is now owned by National Parks
and Wildlife. It was always an isolated property and although there is
a telephone now it still remains so. It is of special significance as
an Aboriginal sacred site and as an example of an outback cattle
station. There was a hidden spring of running water on Mt Yango that
the rangers had not been able to find so Bruce and I went out to show
Head Ranger Jeff Betteridge its whereabouts.
It is always a pleasure to visit the place where our family spent many
happy years. Later we were joined by the rest of the family and a few
friends for a wonderful weekend. The Evans family, Gary, Andrea, Will,
Nellie and their grandmother Anne came. Emma Hollows was home on a
visit from the US so she and Gabi Hollows joined us with Lindy, Luke and
Keeley too. We ate quite well with all those good cooks present,
sitting on the verandah with views up the valleys, watching the
kangaroos and wallaroos grazing in what used to the home horse paddock.
L-R: Emma Hollows,
Maureen, Bruce, Lindy, Keeley, Luke, Anne, Nell, Gabi Hollows, Andrea &
Garry Evans, with Mt Yango in the background, taken from the Finchley
paintings by the original Australians
in the caves at Yango.
cattle roam those verdant valleys any more, there is no stallion in the stable
and the cattle yards are silent, but faintly, I thought I heard some dogs bark.
However, the beauty and the solitude of the place still work their magic.
In the four wheel drive vehicles we explored the
valleys and the rugged hills, taking in the views from the magnificent Big
Yango, the sites of past settler’s huts and the ancient cave drawings and rock
carvings. Much time was spent telling Head Ranger Geoff Betteridge and our
visitors stories of the past exploits of our time there and stories related to
us by the original owner. This unique property has been owned by only three
families in its 150 years of white settlement - the Forbes, the Walkers and the
Bowens before it was sold back to the nation in
& Nell Evans, Emma Hollows, Garry Evans & Gabi near the caves.
property is available to rent by visitors through Parks and Wildlife, the
comfortable homestead is available and there are also several camping sites
available. To find out more about our old place click here:
Yango National Park
and search for Yengo.
trip to the Blue Mountains
For a short break Bruce
and I went up to the beautiful Leura township recently when the Garden Festival
was on. It was very dry and the gardens were suffering as the heat and the
winds were building up. We arrived home on the Tuesday night just before the
terrible fires that ravaged many townships on the Blue Mountains on that fateful
Thursday. These tragedies touched so many people in an ever widening ring. We
were saddened to hear the following week that a crop duster pilot, who was
helping water bomb the fires when conditions became too dangerous for the
helicopters, was killed when his small plane crashed. The young 43 year old man
with 3 children was the son of well-known Southern Highlands vet, Andrew Black,
whom I met many years ago when I was judging Adelaide Royal and who looks after
the Evans and the Hooke’s family horses.
sad story unfolded just before the fires when Harriet Hooke’s galloway mare,
Sandown Matinee Idol, who had finished a very successful show career and was
having her first foal by our stallion Kolbeach Royal Print. A most unusual
occurrence resulted when Idol produced a magnificent liver chestnut colt foal
with a blaze and 4 white stockings only to loose her own life. It is ironic
that it was Andrew Black who fought to save the Idol’s life. Andrew said he had
never seen that happen before so it was extremely bad luck for the Hooke family
and all our sympathy goes to them.
It was a
most upsetting day for everybody and all jumped in to help. Andrea Evans
supported Sarah and did all the driving in the mercy dash to the Vet Hospital at
Camden to try to save the mare and subsequently up to us with the foal for us to
care for him. A foster mother was found in the Hunter Valley and her owners
dropped everything to bring her to Marena Stud for the little chap who was barely 14 hours old. A few sleepless nights
and watchful days followed for Lindy but foster mother and son soon bonded.
Maisie is a wonderful mother and the colt is strong and advanced and thinks he
owns the world already, now 2 weeks old.
Royal Print is
pictured with his new mum & Lindy.
It seems the foal is not sure who is his mum.
Australian Stockhorse Society
After we arrived home
from Leura I attended a meeting of the ASH Judges Panel Bruce. We drove to
Scone with no signs of trouble only to be told on our arrival about the
devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains and near Newcastle that had closed
the Newcastle airport and the highway preventing other members of the Panel form
completing the journey. The last members arrived at 2.30 am the Friday morning!
Wilson, David Ross and I make up the team of three people who test the ASH Level
2 Judges and along with Joy Poole are developing the training and testing of
these judges. The Australian Stockhorse Judges’ Panel consists of 20 people and
handle all judging matters. At present the Panel is busy revising the National
Pattern Book for all competitions.
Nell's Hack, DP Jeremiah
All our clients’ new horses continue to perform well. The
Evans and the
Hooke’s horses were up here recently for lessons. Nell and Will have
quite a lot of horses to work at present.
Sarah Hooke is
also retiring her show mare Majestic to stud this year now she has a new young black gelding
Lone Pine Jackmen.
He is here at present having further
training and looking quite stunning.
Hollows who will be living in the US for a couple of years has decided to
send her show mare Breezy Street to stud. She is a registered ASH so we
are looking for a suitable ASH stallion at the moment. Her other mare Marena
Starflower with be mated again with Kolbeach Royal Print.
Gabi & Emma's 6yo gelding, What a Shifter (Zing) has just retired from racing &
has arrived here to let down and get ready for a new owner. Zing is a
handsome chap by our Thoroughbred stallion Shifting and is a half brother to
Will riding the Evans'
Marena Memory Lane (Shifting - Marena Memories)
Kristie’s baby boy, Edward,
just 6 weeks old in this picture, is growing so fast and he is learning the horse game
very early. The other day it amused me to see Kristie pushing him in the pram
with the breaking gear over her shoulder that she was taking down to Lindy in
the round yard.
It is a
busy time at the Stud with the stud season, foals being born (we are expecting
6), going to shows and training the young horses. We are preparing three two
year old geldings for sale and will have a couple of young ridden horses ready
at right is Marena Sunline with her new filly foal
Kolbeach Royal Print.
Amanda Marfleet is going to visit Australia in December as she is coming
over to support one of her past pupils competing at Werribee for the National
Horse of the Year.
be long before Christmas will be here so do not forget to book into the last
School before the teaching year ends.
Events and Schools page for dates.
The last day of lessons for
the year will be 19th December.
Lessons will be available during the School Holiday period from
GOOD NEWS - We are planning another Marena
Allen Wallen Clinic during January. Keep an eye on the Website and our
Newsletters for updates.
best wishes to you and lots of joy from your riding.
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