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Our students all did very well at Canberra Royal.
Team - Names from L
Riders - Will Evans, Nellie Evans, Nikki Melross, Harriet Hooke.
Standing Middle row - Bruce Walker, Lindy Walker, Melissa Melton, Sherine
Coffey, Sarah Hooke, Maeve Lawson holding Keeley Walker Johnson.
Standing Front row – Luke Walker Johnson, Alexa Coffey, Georgia Coffey.
was missing for this photo, no doubt off talking to one of her many show
friends. Also missing were Gary, Catherine and Lil Mills. This family had a
great show and Lil who won her rider class there last year was placed 3rd
in her new age group this year on her new pony, Royal Appointment of Beckworth
and Catherine won 1st with her palomino Peter Pan.
Jane Greentree was also to
compete, but was unable to come due to mechanical trouble. Taylor George also
was unable to attend due to work and Uni commitments.
mare, Sandown Matinee Idol, who is always successful at Shows, was Reserve Champion Arabian
Derivative Mare and was 2nd in her Ridden class and placed well in
several other classes.
a very good start to her first Royal with her new mare Liberty being place 3rd
in her Led ANSA and Thoroughbred mare classes and she was called in one of the
main hack classes also.
Twilights followed up her past Royal Show victories by winning again. She won
Reserve Champion Ridden APSB
- Lindy with Keeley and Daisy with Cynthia Jobe-Parker in the marshalling yard ready for
track - 4 year old Keeley riding Marena Amber Flare with her mother Lindy.
was paced 2nd in the Under 8 Years Riding Class to 7 year old Page
Peters led by her mother Amanda (Taylor)
Pairs - Nell and Will, Harriet and Nikki,
Lil and Ashley
At right: Will on
Marena Heritage, Nell on Marena Outback, Nikki on Toomba Royal Secret, and Harriet on
Sandown Matinee Idol.
& Nikki were placed 4th in the Senior Pair of Riders and Nell & Will
were placed 5th.
and Ashley Jobe-Parker won 3rd in the Junior Pairs also.
and Alexa’s pony Marena Amber Flare won his Led Australian Riding Pony and also
Led Australian Saddle Pony classes.
was placed 3rd in the ARP Child’s pony riding Flare - pictured at
Matinee Idol in her riding class - at right.
ASH Judging Competition -
Nell 1st and Nikki 4th
the Australian Stock Horse Junior Judging for the second year in a row and Nikki
was place 4th at her first attempt.
A win at
Canberra means that Nell will compete in the National Final at Sydney Royal in
Secret should be proud of themselves as they both put in a great effort in the
Stock horse classes. Competing in their first ASHLA (Australian Stock Horse Lady
Rider Turnout), placed 6th in the ASH Hack Mare.
some bad luck when her horse Marena Macquarie sustained a stone bruise on
the first day of the show and had to be scratched from all classes.
While his sister
Keeley was busy with the horses, Luke Walker Johnson (at right) found other
things to enjoy.
We all enjoyed
Canberra very much. It is probably the best Royal on the calendar for
competitor and family enjoyment. Our thanks to all the Horse Committee and
Good Luck to you all.
Quote of the Month
person not rowing is the one who has time to rock the boat”
News from March,
Twilights, a full sister to Supreme Champion, Marena Skylights,
was sold by us as a 2 y.o. Her dam was Glenmore Highlights and she is
by Marena Sky Chief. Twilights has had a very successful show career,
being Champion Ridden APSB at Sydney Royal 2008 and Reserve Champion Ridden
APSB at both Canberra and Sydney Royals in 2009. She has earned her
place in our
Gallery of Champions.
We wish her connection Good Luck to make it
three-in-a-row this year at the Royals.
Picture here being awarded her trophy at Sydney Royal 2008
Firmly believing that “Champions are bred from
Champions” we bred from only the best females. Our wonderful stallions over the
years have all sired Show Champions at the top end of the scale. Since 1974 we
have produced 248 Royal Show Champions.
We needed new stallions
but these were big shoes to fill, so where to find these mighty young
gentlemen? There was only one stud that came to mind - Kolbeach Stud at Ungarra
in South Australia. This Stud had assembled an impressive group of imported and
local mares, using proven imported stallions and the results certainly speak for
themselves both in Australia and England.
To join our senior
stallions we purchased the first Fernleigh Fine Print colt to be sold by
Angelina Penalurick, Chris and Vicky Lawrie’s Kolbeach and Holly’s Stud, and
another by Camargue Tribute (imp) - now deceased. Their pedigrees are
rich in the best riding pony legacy available, including renowned sires Keston
Tribune, Keston Royal Occasion (imp) and Fairley Rembrandt (UK) as well as those
two most influential of English mares, Holly of Spring and Ardenhall Royal
Royal Print: (at left) A
handsome 2 year old liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail is sure to
appeal, by outstanding stallion Fernleigh Fine Print, who routinely
produces class animals that win Supremes at top Shows. Kolbeach Royal
Print’s dam, Ardenhall Royal Secret (imp), “is not only
one of the most successful saddle
the UK has seen,”
but she has
produced major winners from different stallions. A great show mare and a great
broodmare - what better dam could our future sire have?
(at right) has the “look at me“
quality that makes this line so remarkable and
possesses some of the finest
bloodlines in this country. He resembles
his famous father, a prolific winner who
sired numerous winning ponies in the UK
and Australia, including such well-know
horses as Pendley Gold Cup (imp). His dam Holly of Spring
4 times Wembley winner considered to be one of the best ponies of all time”.
dam Helden Park Calendar Girl,
according to Chris Lawrie was a
delight to show, was Champion at Adelaide, Melbourne and Supreme Champion Led
and Ridden at Canberra in the one year.
If you want to see more
details or these and our other Stallions, click on the link -
Melissa Melton - We have a new rider
that we are really excited about and she shows a lot of natural aptitude as a
horse trainer as her photos show. A Member of Central Coast Sporting Horse
Association Melissa has been sporting for a ten years and would now like to move
into Showing so she has come to the right place.
Melissa attended Tocal Agricultural College
where she studied horse, cattle, sheep, and farm machinery management.
Specialising in horses as part of the Course, she had to break in one horse and
then train another horse that had been broken by a student the previous year. She
graduated her Certificate 3 Course with a Bronze Award, meaning she was 3rd
highest graduate in her Course.
July 2009 saw Melissa begin working for us.
She has been riding the show horses, the young horses and has had advanced
training with Lindy. As part of her programme, she helps with the Stud
work, caring for mares and foals, assisting Lindy with the covering of mares, as
well as preparing horses for show and sale.
Melissa attended her first Show with us at
Morisset in January 2010 to try her hand at Hacking. As all would guess, it was
not the horses she had been training on that she rode for her first entry into
the hacking ring! One of our clients was not well and Mel had to mount up and
ride a 15 hand thoroughbred that she had never ridden before. Welcome to the
Show world Mel - you must learn to expect the unexpected.
Pictured are Mel’s horses:
The grey is Silver, whom Mel has owned for 11years and has given her so much
pleasure and success. She retired him from competition last year.
The bay is Archie, whom Mel
has had for five and a half years and he is in his third year of competition.
On Sporting Days Mel competes in the morning
in 6 to 8 classes and wins at least 6-8 places. Then in the afternoon she
competes in 2 to 3 Open classes and wins on average 1 to 3 places. She is
Melissa will be accompanying us to Canberra
and Sydney Royals and will, without doubt, be an important and valued member of
See more of Melissa's pictures and
achievements in Our Riders.
- In our beautiful Yarramalong Valley they run a Scarecrow competition. Held for the second year in 2009
the competition ran from 5th to 20th September
At Marena Stud we decided we should join in the enthusiasm
shown by our valley’s fellow residents and show our competitive spirit.
However the "quick" idea turned into a hectic, full on, four day project for
As you might guess our Scarecrow was a horse
and rider. With great skills, imagination and fun Mum, Dad, Lindy, Luke and
started the building project, using all re-cycled materials.
started with a couple pieces of wood, then chicken wire (see picture at right)
and finally a covering of reclaimed Brushwood fencing materials. With
old truck clearance lights for the eyes, lino underlay for ears and lastly used soup
containers for hoofs - painted with horse hoof black, of course.
We then added an old bridle, saddle cloth,
girth, stirrup leathers and irons. At last it was time for the rider. Jodhpurs,
riding boots, shirt, vest, helmet and finally the head and face.
The building of our scarecrow was not made
from any drawn up plans or measurements. It was built purely by the
judgement of Maureen’s eye for a beautiful horse and correctness to detail.
With Bruce’s ability to be able to turn his hand to just about anything and make
and adapt any materials we feel it all came together fabulously.
We are proud also that the materials of our
scarecrow are all recycled and we hope to be able to use our horse for many
other projects in the future.
was invited to judge the Garryowen Trophy at Melbourne Royal 2009. This
event is the “Melbourne Cup” of on the show calendar and as it was the 75th
Anniversary of that event it was a privilege to officiate.
won the Garryowen
herself in 1988 on her
brown thoroughbred hack Marena Cabaret and also won the Esquire Trophy in
the same year - a very impressive double. She was also placed 2nd in
1990 (Marena Elegance) & 1984 (50th Jubilee event on Marena Viva) and 4th in
1986 (Neutral Bay).
Lindy has judged
the Galloway and Child Hack classes
at Melbourne before.
We competed at Melbourne for
many years but the long time away from the Stud to do Adelaide and Melbourne
became too much. We still continued to travel to Brisbane but when Lindy
was having her children we stopped going to Brisbane too, after 34 years
Several of the past winners were
there for the 75th Anniversary celebrations, as seen in the photo on the
Carioca - Maryanne and David
Smith of the Yarra Heights Stud, Yarramalong, have leased the very well
performed broodmare Caroola Carioca to Marena Stud to breed Australian
Stud Book pony foals by our senior stallion, Marena
Sky Chief. Carioca herself been a big show winner and has produced
several foals of Royal Show standard.
She is her twilight years but fortune has
smiled on the Stud and Carrie delivered a stunning chestnut filly by Sky Chief
in November 2009.
A strong healthy foal, she already believes she is a star - in the paddock with
Marena Amber Folly's brown filly foal (also by Sky) both vie for supremacy.
Photo at right shows Carrie in the paddock with her 4-day
old foal by Marena Sky Chief.
Fredericks - Clayton, Lucinda and their daughter, Ellie came home to
Perth for a well-earned break for Christmas after a very successful
year. Lucinda was awarded the Western Australia Rider of the Year at a
ceremony in Perth. Clayton was named Australian Rider of the Year by the
EFA in 2008 when Maureen and Bruce accepted the trophy on his behalf. He
won this award again the following year.
Southern Stars Saddlery,. Lindy is a sponsored representative for which supply saddles, bridles and other equipment
designed to Clayton's specifications. The saddles are very well crafted, designed to
maximum contact with the horse and put the rider in just the right position.
We are using the saddles designed for Dressage and Hacking. A Childs
saddle is also available.
Gala Salute -
Our handsome Warmblood
stallion Marena Gala Salute has started his Show Jumping career
in the capable hands of World Cup Show-jumping
rider Paul Athanasoff.
Paul is based at Dungog in
the beautiful Hunter Valley. We first met Paul many, many years ago. Both Paul
and his twin brother James have shown at Royal Show level for a long time and
won many Rider and Hacking Championships over the years. While James has stayed
with showing, Paul moved onto show jumping and might I say with great success.
was short listed for the 2008 Olympics, and also won the Australian leg of the
World Cup for Show Jumping with his Warmblood stallion
Nicholas. So we feel Gala Salute is in very capable hands and look forward to
seeing him competing very soon.
Paul has left for overseas
with Nicholas to prepare for the World Cup that is being held in
Geneva, Switzerland, April 2010.
Gala Salute is a home bred
stallion who is by Salute (imp) out of a Thoroughbred x Warmblood mare by Wesuw
(imp). Like us Paul is looking forward
to the development of this horse. Paul has had a long association with the
Marena Gala Salute
is one of nature's
gentlemen, as you can see by this picture of Keeley helping Lindy wash him.
Riders on the way
is now six years old and is in First Class at Wyong Creek School. Luke is
very mechanically minded and helps
Grandad on the tractor and up in the shed. He rides now and again when
the mood takes him (if there is some
excitement about ) and his favourite
riding time is on our Cross Country Course - See pic on the far Right.
(at Left & near Right) began riding when she was just three years old.
Maureen gave her her first lesson in May 2008, just before she and Bruce went
around Australia in their Motorhome. At home she rides Mark, his sister
Goldie and Bindy and joins in Lindy's lessons with other pupils. She rode in her
first School in July 2008, riding all morning on the flat and jumping Cross
Country in the afternoon.
Keeley is a
chip off the old block and wants to be on a pony at every opportunity. She rides
several of our school ponies but has yet to get her own show pony.
Maureen & Bruce, on a trip overseas in 2006,
were wandering through the antique shop lanes of Paris when they spied a statue
of a pony being ridden by a small child. It reminded Bruce of Maureen's
lifetime work of training, breeding ponies and teaching countless children to
ride. "It was a memorial to Maureen's lifework - we just had to buy it!"
began a long, and sometimes frustrating process, starting with negotiations for
purchase and shipping with no-one who could speak English, followed by the
unknown whereabouts of this precious statue for several months and finally the
arrival in December 2007. Constantly people wanted to open the box to make
sure the statue was there - after all the box may have just contained bricks!
However Maureen stood firm and no-one was to see it until it was mounted in a
a site in the homestead garden was chosen and work to create the surrounding
area commenced. A large flat rock on the property was selected for form
the base, was brought off the hill, cut to shape and installed. The task
of mounting the statue to the rock took some effort and finally the statue was
covered in the true tradition, ready for the big unveiling.
On Sunday 27th December the statue was
unveiled for all to see for the first time - with the ceremonial tug of a
rope, our son Peter revealed the statue for all to see.
A statue from France comes to rest on an
ancient Australian rock to symbolise that children all over the world enjoy
Good Luck to you all.
Quote of the Month
who think they can, and people who think they can’t have one thing in common –
they are both generally right.”