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Gabi & Emma Hollows   Harriet Hooke   Talbot Family   Keeley Walker Johnson   Nell Evans   Will Evans  
Melissa Melton  
Ellie Nichols   Maddy Hodgetts  Janet Timmis   Lil Mills  
Jared Ashbrooke   Amy Potter

Click here for info on the following Pupils who rode with us previously

Leanne Button   Ben Maytom   Jodi Maytom   Brook Higgins   Ingrid (Bugsie) Darlington   Sarah McMillan   Carlie Lind   Jane Greentree  
Nikki Melross   Shilo Harvey   Maeve Lawson   Olivia Salt   Kath Jones   Daniel Robb   Dana Anderson   Georgia Coffey   Alexa Coffey  

The Hollows' Breezy Street won second in Led ANSA Mare at Sydney Royal 2011.

Gabi & Emma Hollows are enjoying their time at the shows with their chestnut Thoroughbred mare, Breezy Street, by Dolphin Street, from What a Twister (paddock name Lul) who is the dam of successful racehorse, Don't Tell Pat.

They are also watching their foal from Lul who is in training with Pam Webber at Warwick Farm.  What a Shifter (better known as Zing) is by our successful thoroughbred stallion, Shifting, who is now deceased.  Shifting had a very successful career as a racehorse winning 7 races and as a showhorse winning Champion TB & ANSA Stallions at Sydney Royal and Supreme at Brisbane Royal.

At Nowra on 7th July 2011, Zing came from the back of the pack, 8 wide on the turn to win by one & half lengths - what an effort!

Marena Starflower, one of the last mares by Sun Puff (imp) is in foal to one of our new stallions, Kolbeach Royal Print.  Gabi & Emma are looking forward to spring and their new foal.


At Left -  Emma holding Breezy Street and

At Right - Zing winning at Nowra 2011.


Left - L-R - Emma, Gabi, Keeley Walker Johnson & Lindy Walker - Four generations of Maureen's pupils.
Centre - Emma on Flec at her first Three-Day School with Maureen.
Right - Emma with her Stockhorse mare, Sonny, with Maureen..

Gabi Hollows with Zing at his first race day.

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Harriet on Idol at Canberra Royal 2011

Idol - Supreme Led of Show
Frenchs Forrest 2008

Harriet with Nell Evans

Harriet on Idol - HOY 2009
Harriet riding Idol  NSW HOY 2009
Picture by courtesy of Alicia Birch

Harriet Hooke - The Hooke family has a very good show at Canberra Royal 2011 with their two horses, Idol and Sandown Musical Note, who are half sisters, winning a total of 12 ribbons.  Musical Note won Best Novice Galloway, Champion Led Galloway Mare, Novice and Open Galloway Hack and more...

Harriet joined our team in April 2007.  After a short time Sandown Matinee Idol was  purchased for Harriet to continue her riding career.  As Harriet lives in Canberra and boards at  Frensham School at Mittagong, regular riding is not an option for her.  As Harriet wished to continue her riding , her parents, Mitch and Sarah, decided to ask us to assist with professional schooling and showing when Harriet was unavailable to ride.

Delayed by EI, Idol's first outing with us was Sydney Royal 2008.  As true Champions do, she took it in her stride, placing in several her classes as a four year old.  Since then Harriet and Idol have gone from strength to strength.  Winning at top level as well as at Agricultural Shows.

2009 - At Shows during '09 season Harriet and Idol won over 30 firsts and 17 Championships.

NSW HC HOY - Top 10 Galloway of the Year (placed 3rd over all)

NSW Riding Pony Show - Champion Ridden Show Pony, Champion Double Registered Pony, Champion Rider 12-15 yrs.

Canberra Royal - Champion Led ASP Exhibit, Reserve Champion Ridden ASP, 2nd Child's Galloway, 1st Local Galloway.

Pacific Coast - Top 10 Galloway,

NSW HC HOY - 1st Led Galloway mare.

Sydney Royal - 2nd Arabian Derivative Mare, 3rd ASP Mare.

2008 -In the spring  Sandown Matinee Idol won 20  Champions from September to mid November.


Latest News:  Sarah Hooke has bought a new TB mare "Majestic" who is in training with us and will commence showing this spring.

Majestic ridden by Lindy Walker at her first show,
won first in Novice Hack at Penrith August 2011.

Sandown Musical Note
Best Novice Galloway Hack at Canberra 2011
Ridden by Lindy Walker
Sandown Matinee Idol
Sandown Matinee Idol - what a lovely headIdol at Morisset 2009
Idol at Morisset 2009



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Talbot Family - Karren , Jay and their two girls, Bronte (Left) and Alexa (Below right) moved to Wyong Creek two years ago.  They have been having lessons with us on our horses since then and started to show in 2010 on our horses.

They have since bought horses to fill the new stable they built on their property - Galloway, Stillbrook Dashing and a pony, Blandford Midnight Edition (Mr Darcy).

At Canberra Royal 2011 they had their first Royal Show experience.  Karren rode Marena Outback and Bronte rode Marena Trade Winds.  Together they they were placed 5th in the Parent & Child Pairs.

Bronte paired with Ellie Nichols for a 3rd in the Pair of Riders. 

Karren with her beloved Marena Goldleaf

Bronte Talbot on Mr Darcy at Morisset 2011
Bronte Talbot riding Alexa's pony Mr Darcy
Morisset Show 2011

Bronte on Stillbrook Dashing practising for her first Dressage Test,
which she won in August '11.
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Karren & Bronte Talbot - Pairs at Canberra '11
Karren & Bronte Talbot in the Pairs event
at Canberra Royal 2011

Keeley joined the older riders in the Two-day
Clinic with Alan Wallen in Jan '11.

Keeley during her first first Riding Class win
Gosford Ag. Show 2009.

Keeley at 3 years, riding Marena Goldmark
at our Marena Show - 2008.


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Keeley Walker Johnson

Keeley is following in the tradition of her grandmother, Maureen Walker, and mother, Lindy Walker.  All three began riding at three years.  Lindy & Maureen won their first Riding ribbon at Wyong Agricultural show, aged four years, whilst Keeley won her first riding ribbon at the same age at Gosford Show. 

Now Keeley has gone one better - winning her first blue ribbon at a Royal Show aged only five years - At Canberra Royal 2011 she won Rider under 7 years to be Led.

At Canberra 2012, Keeley won third in her Open Rider class, her first solo effort at a Royal!





A new generation of Show Riders
Keeley Walker Johnson at the head of the line-up in her Riding Class, Canberra Royal 2011. 
2nd was Oscar Hallis with mother, Sally (nee McFadgen),
3rd to Coco Gunther, mother Tony (nee Crompton),
and 4th was Dale Plum's daughter, Poppi.

Keeley, who is now 6 years has ridden 9 different horses since she first began to ride starting with Goldmark, then Gold Dust,  Victoria, Sun Star, Bindi, Merlin, Outback, Trade Winds, Twilights without being led.

At Canberra Royal '11, in her Riding Class.

At Canberra Royal 2011, won her Riding Class.

At Canberra Royal '11, on one of our new
Stallions Kolbeach Royal Print

Winner ASH Junior Judging Canberra 2009

Winner of ASH Junior Judging Competition
 at Canberra 2009 & 2010.


Nell NSW HOY 08
Nell on her new hack, Marena Macquarie at NSW Hack Council HOY 2008 where she won Rider of the Year 17-21 years.

First Childs Hack - Memories at Sydney 06Nell Evans - of Robertson, NSW continues her love of showing horses with her Thoroughbred gelding, Marena Macquarie.  Her two mares, Marena Memories and Thompsons Destiny have been retired to stud.

Memories produced a stunning brown filly by our Thoroughbred stallion, Shifting.

Nell did her Higher School Certificate in 2008 and was able to continue showing throughout that year. 

A gap-year in 2009 gave her time to indulge her love of horses and garden design and do a run of the Western NSW shows.  Nell and her horses won several first places and Champions during this run.

2010 - Nell started at University of Canberra to study a double degree of Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Science.  Nell has a promising future in this field as she was awarded the University of  New South Wales Faculty of the Built Environment Young Designers Award for her HSC Major Project.  Nell was also 2nd in the State of her Design and Technology for exam  placing and her award winning project.

2010 - Morisset - Marena Macquarie - 1st Open Hack and Champion Hack & 1st Led ANSA.

2009 - Newcastle - 1st and Res. Champion Lady Rider at one of her first outings as a Lady Rider.

Canberra Royal - Won ASH Junior Judging competition and so qualified for the National Final at Sydney Royal 2010.

Sydney Royal - Macquarie won 2nd Led Thoroughbred Gelding

Macquarie won Champion Hack at St Ives and Moss Vale.

Nell made Top 10 Rider at both Pacific Coast and EFA HOY and also won many Firsts and Champions at Ag. Shows.

2008 - NSW HOY - Rider of the Year 17-21 yrs on Marena Macquarie.

Macquarie won seven firsts and five Reserve Champion in his first year out.

2007 - Was Marena Memories' last year of showing - she won 10 Championships, two 2nds at Sydney Royal and two Champions and a Reserve at the ASH National Championships at Camden.

Sydney Royal - Nell won 1st in Mount, Rider & Equipment and 3rd in her Riding class 15 & U17.

Click here for more details and some history of Nell and her horses

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Lindy holding Marena Macquarie  - 2nd Led Thoroughbred Gelding - Std 09

Marena Macquarie - Second in Led Thoroughbred Gelding Sydney 2009 - Led  by Lindy Walker.

Nell from Sydney Morning Herald feature
Nell giving a cuddle to her Champion
Show Hunter, Thompson's Destiny
at Sydney Royal 2005
Photo by Sydney Morning Herald

First in Gents Turnout - Sydney 2009

First in Gents Turnout - Sydney 2009

Will on Heritage - NSW HOY 2008

Will on Marena Heritage - NSW HOY 2008

Will on Heritage at Canberra 2009

Will on Heritage, 3rd at Canberra 2009


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Will being a lairWill Evans - is a very unusual young man who likes the tough sports of Water Skiing, Wakeboarding and Barefoot along with many other interests including motorbike riding in Endurance Trials in the Snowy Mountains.

Will is equally at home on his Australian Stock Horse, Marena Heritage in working classes or dressed up in the Gentleman Rider.

Will works  in cabinet-making.  He enjoys making fine furniture and boutique water skis in his spare time and was recently featured in the Highland Magazine (Dec-Jan).

2010 started off in fine style for Will at Morisset Show with four places in Rider, ASH led & ridden and Show Hunter classes.

2009 - Canberra Royal - Won Pair of Riders with sister Nell and 4th in his Riding class.

 Heritage won 2nd Open Show Hunter

Sydney Royal - First in Mount, Rider & Equipment and 3rd in Riding class.

Pacific Coast - In Top 10 Riders.  Heritage was in Top 10 Show Hunters.

Will won several of his Riding classes at '09 Agricultural Shows whilst Heritage had many wins in ASH & ANSA classes.

On the Western run of shows in September '09 he won many Champions with Marena Heritage in Gent Rider, Ridden Open Hacks, Show Hunter and Stockhorse classes.

2008 - Top 10 EFA Rider of the Year.

Sydney Royal - 3rd in Mount, Rider & Equipment and 5th in Gent Rider.

Betty Tupper - Heritage won First and Champion Led ASH Gelding.

At Agricultural Shows during '08, Heritage won several Firsts and many Seconds in  Open Hack and Show Hunter classes.

2007 - Canberra Royal - Won ASH Junior Judging competition and also 2nd in ASH Associate Judging at ASH National Championships at Camden.

Will & Nell - Canberra 2009 - First Pair of Riders

Will & Nell - Canberra 2009 - First Pair of Riders

Will working Marena Heritage in
Ridden ASH -  Canberra 2009

Will on Marena Heritage - Champion Show Hunter - Newcastle 2009

Will on Marena Heritage -
Champion Show Hunter - Newcastle 2009

Will working Heritage at EFA HOY 2008

Working Marena Heritage at EFA HOY 2008
Photo by Lorelle Mercer

Mel at her First Hack Show
Mel riding Marena Flare
at her first show in the Hack ring

Melissa Melton - Joined our team in July 2009 after replying to an Ad in the Local Newspaper.  Though not an experienced Show rider Melissa has had a load of  life's learning with horses and is very willing to take on board as much as she can. 

Melissa attended Tocal Agricultural Collage completing the  course.  Since July Melissa has ridden lots of different horses and ponies here at Marena from the Breaker to the well educated Show Horse. 

In January this year Mel rode at her first Show ever and won several firsts, then the following weekend won her Novice Adult rider on Marena Goldleaf. 

 We are all very excited to have Mel with us and think that she can make a name for herself in the showing world.



Photos at Bottom:
- Right - Melissa Barrel Racing on Silver.
- Left -
Mel has an empathy with all horses that she has contact with, as shown here with her horse, Silver.


Click here to read Melissa's story in our News


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Mel and Sky filly both at their first catching


Ellie on Marena WindflowerEllie's first First Gosford 2002

She commenced in the leading rein classes at Gosford Show 2002 and won her first ribbon on Marena Windflower (pictured above).

Ellie Nichols - Reach for the Stars



Canberra Royal 2006

Ellie rode at her first Royal Show in Canberra 2006.  The pocket rocket rode in the 7 & under 9 years Girls Riding class of 43 riders and she ended up in the final ten.  Well done Ellie!


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Ellie Nicholls -  Ellie's family had moved away and in 2010 returned to the district to live.  Ellie quickly returned to Marena Stud and commenced show riding again.  She accompanied us to Canberra Royal in 2011 and won two fifth ribbons - one with Bronte Talbot in Pair of Riders and one in the Pony Hack Class on Marena Trade Winds.

We call her the "Pocket Rocket" because she is so small and always wants to go further, i.e. "Reach for the Stars".

Ellie started ridding with us in 2001.

By 2005 she had progressed to riding Marena Sweet Kiss and won Champion Beginner Rider at her first outing as a sole rider.  She is pictured at centre right when she won Champion Ridden Australian Stud Pony on Marena Sweet Kiss at Frenchs Forrest in October 2005.


2011 - Ellie Nicholls on Marena Trade Wind during a recent School waiting her turn to jump cross country.  Trade was Champion Ridden Show Hunter NSW RP Show 2010.

Ellie on Marena Trade Winds at the Alan Wallen Clinic - Jan '11
Ellie Frenchs Forrest October 2005

Ellie on Moondust at Morisset 05
Above Ellie is riding Marena Moondust at Morisset Show 2005.

Maddy Hodgetts - Maddy's parents, John and Sharon, purchased Tocal Agile for her in December 2009.  Agile being a Stock horse also gives Maddy the opportunity to not only compete in the  Hacking but ASH classes as well.

Maddy - on a Champion art Gosford Show 2009
Maddy on Champion, Marena Outback at Gosford Show 2009

Maddy & Mum at Gosford 2009
Maddy and her Mum, Sharon,
at Gosford 2009

Maddy loves her new horse
Maddy loves her new horse, Tocal Agile

Maddy riding Agile during our Allan Wallen Clinic in April 2011

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Maddy on Agile at Singleton Show 2010

Janet and Allengreen Delight

Lindy leading Valour at Sydney Royal 20009
Marena Valour at Sydney Royal 2009
Photo by Lorelle Mercer

Janet Timmis - Janet first brought her son Chris and then her daughter Brooke for Riding lessons.  They are both grown up now and have successful careers in the Racing industry - Chris a trainer and Brooke a lady jockey.


It was then time for Janet to commence her lessons.  With increased interest she started Ariel Stud and purchased a Cedar Lodge Konrad colt, Marena Valour, and filly, Marena Karella at our "End of an Era Sale" in 2006.  Lindy trained and showed Marena Valour with success at Ag Shows including placings at Sydney Royal in 2009.

Since then Janet has started her own show career riding her APSB pony,  Allengreen Delight.  Winning and placing at several big Ag Shows towards the end of last year.  Janet has had a good start to 2010, winning the Intermediate Show Hunter Pony and 2nd in the Open at Morisset Ag.  Well done Janet, that just proves you are never to old to learn something new.






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Allengreen Delight

Marena Valour - wet winter coat
Marena Valour as a 2yo colt - mid winter

Lil at Canberra 2011, riding
Royal Appointment of Beckworth

Lil Mills - At Canberra Royal 2011

Lil riding Marena Amber Wish in her Pony Hack class at Canberra Royal 2001. 
They were awarded second in the Open Pony Hack ne. 11.2hh



Canberra 2011 photos by Julie Wilson

Lil's mother, Catherine, on her palomino Galloway Westlake Peter Pan,
again at Canberra 2011

Lil - First in her Rider - Canberra Royal
First in her Riding class - Canberra Royal 2009

Champion Junior Handler
All Welsh Show '09

Lil Mills has been riding since she was young and has had lots of fun at Pony Club but then became ambitious to try the Show world.  We expect big things from Lil in the future - Lil was Champion Girl Rider at Gosford in 2008.

Her Dad, Garry Mills is a keen Show and Campdraft rider from the Hunter Valley.   Gary worked for us years ago and her mother Catherine was taught by us at Tall Timbers Pony Club.  They live at Jerry's Plains  and bring Lil down here for lessons, which means they are making a big effort on Lilís part.

The Mills bought Lil's new horse, Beckworth Royal Appointment June 2009 and with him she has continued her success .

Lil has had a great year in 2009:-
  Reserve Champion Jnr Rider Morisset Show  
  Champion Jnr Rider Maitland Show
  Canberra Royal - 1st girl rider 7 to 9 yrs
                           - 1st pony club rider 7 to 9 yrs
                           - Ring Masters award
  Sydney Royal - 2nd Girl Rider 7 to 9yrs
                        - 3rd Open Pony n/e 11.2hh

Amongst Lil's other achievements:
Top Ten Rider Hack Council HOY 2008 & 09
NSW All Welsh Show 2008 - Champion Open Pony n/e 12.2hh
NSW All Welsh Show Champion - First Ridden Leading  Rein  2008 & 09
NSW Riding Pony Show 2009- Champion rider & Champion Jnr Handler
Singleton Show 2009 -  Reserve Champion Jnr. Rider
Dungog Show 2009 - Champion Pony Hack

Lil rode Marena Amber Wish at Canberra '11 and was placed 2nd in the Open Pony Hack not ex. 11.2hh.

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Lil Mills
Lil & alby
Champion Junior Handler & Champion Rider under 12
NSW Riding Pony Show 2009

Sydney Royal 2011
Jared Ashbrooke 3rd prize winner in the Show Horse Junior Judging competition on
Marena Outback

Marena Outback
Jared's horse, Marena Outback,
at his first show, Morisset 2005.

Jared Ashbrooke - Sydney Royal 2006 - 1st in Riding Class and Reserve Champion Boy Rider. Canberra Royal 2006 - Jared rode Marena Fanfare (pictured right) and was placed second in his Boy Rider 15 & under 17 years.  A very keen rider and diligent worker, Jared will accompany our team to Sydney Royal 2006.

2005 - Jared won several Champion and Reserve Champion Boy riders during the year.

Jared commenced competing at shows with us and rode at Sydney Royal 2004 for the first time.  He has a new horse Marena Outback,  that he will be competing on in the Spring (pictured).  Jared is very dedicated and should have a good career in the show ring.  So far he has won Champion Boy Rider at Frenchs Forrest & Castle Hill and Reserve Champ. at Singleton 2004.


Jared won his Rider class at Bathurst Royal in 2011.



Bathurst Royal 2011

The Ashbrooke Family's Royal was successful.

 Jared won his rider class at Bathurst Royal  2011 and  Tailah pictured left won Champion  Small pony on her new pony Quail.  This was very exciting as this was her first show.

Tailah won her  rider class as well.
Their sister Tamikah and and her horse Harry are also showing successfully

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Jared on Fanfare at Canberra 2006

Jared riding Marena Fanfare
at Canberra Royal 2006

Jared 3rd in his Ridding Class
at Sydney Royal 2007

Amy Porter on Dusty

Amy Potter

Photo of Amy on Dusty (Marena Outback).


"Thanks for your help and instruction in getting me to the rider I am today, I couldnít have done it without you and winning that ribbon yesterday was a dream come true!  Mum and Dad couldnít believe that I came home with a ribbon from my first show." - Amy - September 2009

Amy Porter works for Channel 9 now and has just finished her Bachelor of Science Degree.  Well done Amy.

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