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September, 2006

The most exciting news we have had lately is that Clayton Freidericks won Silver in the Horse Trials at the World Games on Aachen, Germany on his exciting young horse, Ben-a-Long Time.  The Gold Medal winner in this event was Sara Phillips.

To top off the Fredericks' joy, Lucinda on Headley Britannia won the Horse Trials at Berkeley. When we were overseas we saw another Australian, Andrew Hoy win at Lexington, Kentucky in April and at Badminton, UK in May.  Andrew needed to win at Berkeley to capture the triple and receive 250,000.  Leading into the Showjumping he unfortunately had three rails down and finished fourth whilst Lucinda went clear to win the event.

During September, Clayton will defend his 2005 tittle in the World Cup.  We all wish him good luck that he wins the World Title again.

Kate on Murrim Park Phantom at Grand NationalKate Marfleet on Oak Park Phantom at Grand National

The Marfleet family have returned to England.  Katie has started at her new school and Amanda has come back to Australia to fly with her horses that she is taking to England. The two "Phantoms" are going and possibly Norman, Amanda's huge Russian Draft horse, that she bought from England when she arrived 71/2 years ago.


Kate has been very successful competing in Australia.

Kate is pictured on Oaklands Park Phantom of the Opera at left and on Murrim Park Phantom at right. Good Luck in the English Show Ring, Kate.

Emma Hollows
says Marena Starflower is enjoying her new home on Gabi Hollows' farm in the hills of Mogo, near Wisemans Ferry - ridden by Emma Hollows beside sister Ruth on their faithful mare, Dallas.

Fiona Craigo has just purchased one of our top galloway fillies.  Fiona saw this filly some months ago and has been persistent in her desire to purchase her.  Marena Nirvana, a liver chestnut, has gone to be broken in whilst Fiona is away overseas.

Will Evans has had a new hack for a couple of months , Marena Heritage, who is by Shifting from the National Supreme Champion and Sydney Royal Supreme Champion, Marena Accent.  Will's interest is in hack, riding classes and working classes.  He has just purchased a black ASH gelding that has worked as a station horse and had some competition experience.  Will plans to show him in ASH and Show Hunter classes.

Ladies School

We had a very successful Ladies School in May.  Pictured from L to R are:
Gittan Inglis - Gittan has moved to Grafton onto their new property - we will all miss her.
Kath Jones - back in the saddle after a little break, riding Marena Outback.
Janet Timmis - on that wonderful pony, Marena Sweet Kiss.  Janet regularly enjoys riding and goes to shows with us.  Both her children, Chris (racehorse trainer) and Brooke (lady Jockey) learnt to ride with us.
Gabi Hollows - riding Banjo - a very busy lady  who travels all over the world and Australia furthering her late husband, Fred Hollows' work with the Fred Hollows Foundation.  Gabi enjoys these precious moments with her horses.
Shirley Willis - a Triage Nurse at Gosford Hospital, Shirley relaxes with her riding lessons.  Shirley is on Blackie, whom we sadly lost in September.
Andrea Evans - of Moss Vale, riding Venture, takes time out between attending shows with her two children, Nellie and Will.
Jan Kadar - on Marena Stardom.  It was good to see Jan back on a horse again.  Her two children, Elissa and Steven rode with us for years before they left school.

The Ladies School was fun and their enthusiasm was infectious.  Votes were for another Ladies School very soon.

Vale - Marena Cabaret

Many competitors will be saddened by the news of Marena Cabaret's recent death .  Well known for his antics in the show ring, Marty, however carried Lindy to victory in Lady Rider Champions in Royal shows a record number of times, as well as winning at Royal Shows Hack and Led as well as Horse of the Year titles.

Lindy gave Marty to Yarramalong Valley neighbour, Meg Cox many years ago for her and her girls, Jasmine and Ester, to ride for pleasure.  Marty gave them many years of joy and they gave him a comfortable loving home for his retirement.

Marty was 26 years old when he died at the Cox' home, Fernbank, from a heart attack on the 15th July 2006.

Marty up to his usual tricks
Marty up to his usual tricks !
Photo by Ros Neave

Marty, 26, pictured above with
Lindy and Esther earlier this year -
His last visit to Marena Stud.

Lindy on Marty after winning the Garryowen
The pair made the cover of Horse Scene following their Garryowen win in 1988
Photo by Garry Jameison


Also lost to Marena Stud this year were three of our special broodmares:
Marena Captivate
- Royal Show Champion and mother of Anthony Hurley's Marena Freedom.  She did not leave us any fillies.
Marena Sundance - A wonderful Royal and HOY Champion, dam of Marena Brave Dance.  We have three of her fillies.
Marena Encore
- Full sister to Marena Cadence and Marena Legende.  She was not shown due to injury.  No fillies let to us.


Stallion News

Tiffany, a lovely black pony mare owned by Maurie and Jan Myers of Falls Creek, near Berrima, NSW, arrived to be mated with Cedar Lodge Konrad.  Tiffany is tiny, Riding Pony and Aust. Saddle Pony registered and is a very pretty mare.  Her mating to Konrad should produce a real gem.

Konrad foals are proving to be very classy types, break in well and make suitable children's ponies.  He is an Australian Stud Book Pony that is throwing Riding Pony types of real show quality.  We mate him to mare up to galloway size.

Gabi Hollows and Emma of Randwick bought a bay thoroughbred mare at the William Inglis sales and she produced a lovely chestnut filly in September.  She is to be joined to our thoroughbred stallion, Shifting.  A foal for showing or racing, Gabi?  Gabi has been known to enjoy both sports.

Shifting's progeny continue to delight us, they are all classic types, easy to train and are winning in the show  ring.

As a breeder it is a joy to find that your new stallion can and will carry on your breeding tradition of sensible, good moving horses that have quiet natures.

Sky Chief - Sonya Vaughan from Tallong, near Goulburn, brought Anna, her grey thoroughbred mare back to Marena Sky Chief.  Anna was mated to Sky in 2003 and Sonya was so impressed by the black filly foal that Anna had to come back.  The filly is apparently a very good looker and is going to grow into a big horse.

Sky is only 13.2hh but we have found that if the dam has large horse bloodlines, Sky's foals grow.  His progeny range from 12.2hh to 15.2hh.  Sky has just turned 23 (but he does not know it).  He has been a tremendous asset to us.  His progeny are unfailing in their ability to please their owners and his broodmares are passing on his looks and other good qualities.

Our Australian Stock Horse and Riding Pony stallion, Marena Legende, the brother of the sensational Marena Cadence, has not been sold yet.

It is urgent that we sell him due to our downsizing and his close relationship to the broodmares we have kept.  He is a very sound horse, a good foal getter and is easy to handle.

Maybe some small breeder would like a stallion of his quality - we are very happy to consider an offer if  he goes to a good home.  He breeds both Australian Stock Horses and Riding Ponies.  A lease, with an option to buy, is also a possibility.

Our son Peter has been working overseas on and off for the last couple of years.  Recently working in Gove, NT, he is now headed for Mauritius to commission another Power Station.  Peter puts our Web Site on the net so updates have to wait for him to be home on breaks, unless he teaches me to do it.  (Not very likely - Webmaster)

Lindy is off to Melbourne Royal to judge the Galloways and Junior Turnout Classes - she is looking forward to the challenge.


Good luck in the wonderful sport you have chosen.

Maureen Walker


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