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Marena Goldleaf in a training session

Leanne Button - Her happy smiling face tells it all.  She came to Marena Stud for lessons when she was 12 years.  She rode Marena Windflower and Marena Skylights at Sydney Royal.  At Blacktown Show she rode Marena Venture to win Champion Senior Rider.  Leanne then "went Bush" and worked for Jill and Rob Grant for some time.  She came back to work for us in 2007 and has been a valued member of our show team since then.



Morningside Stepalong at Sydney Royal 2009


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On Euston Playwrite at Marena Stud

Leanne riding Marena Flare - Reserve Champion Hack at Newcastle 2008


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Ben Maytom - Ben is is continuing his winning run in Campdrafting but still has time to saddle up for his riding classes.

2006 - At Sydney Royal, Ben was second in his Riding Class to Jared Ashbrooke and won Reserve Champion Boy Rider.  A country boy in the best Australian tradition, he works hard to improve his riding techniques to enable him to perform better in such diverse equestrian activities.

2005 - Ben won Eastern Zone Junior Champion Campdraft Rider for the 2004-2005 season when he only competed for 6 months of the point season before he went up to the next age group.  He has also been asked to represent the ABCRA over in Western Australia for 2 weeks in November.  Ben also won 6 Campdrafts in 2 months and was placed in the top five placing in Novice and Open Campdrafts.  He won Champion Boy Rider at Wingham, Gloucester and Stroud shows just before and after Sydney Royal show where he won 3rd in his rider class on a borrowed horse and 4th in his Turnout on Sky - one of our show/campdrafters.   Ben also won the two under 18years Campdrafts at Sydney Royal as well.

In 12 months (2003-2004) in Riding and Hack classes, Ben has won 14 firsts, 12 Champions & Supremes.

2003 - At his first Royal at Canberra he was fourth in his riding class and at Sydney was second in his class & Reserve Champion Jnr Boy Rider.  At Brisbane Royal he was 2nd in both his Rider and his Turnout classes.  In these classes his handicap was a broken thumb sustained in a fall in a Campdraft 2 weeks before.

In Campdrafting & Sporting from February 2003 to February 2004 Ben won 22 times with 5 Champion Point Scores as well as many placings including 11 seconds in Campdrafts with scores between 80 & 84.

His riding position & techniques learned for the Show ring regularly draw favourable comments at the various Rodeos he attends.


Jodi Maytom - sister to Ben, Jodi began to ride with us when she was 7 years old. With her country lifestyle has been on a horse since she was tiny.  She and Ben accompany their father, Michael, and mother, Sharon, to all the Shows and Rodeos where the whole family competes.  Jodi is quite capable of riding difficult or young horses.

2006 - At Sydney Royal, Jodi rode very well to win Reserve Champion Girl Rider to Brooke Higgins.

2005 - Jodi also did well, she has won 2 drafts and was placed in top five at the past 6 Campdrafts.  She didn't ride in her Turnout at Sydney because didn't have a horse, she placed 3rd in the ASH draft at Sydney Royal and place 4th in the teams draft with Ben and her mother, Sharon.  She won Champion Rider at her last 4 shows and Champion Galloway Hack and 3 Champion Show Hunter Pony awards as well. 

From February 2003 to February 2004 she has won at Shows in Riding and Hack classes, 32 first places, 18 Champions and 3 Supremes including Supreme Lady Rider at Gloucester Show 2003.

Canberra Royal 2003 was her first Royal and she won her Riding class.  At Sydney she was placed 7th on a borrowed horse and at Brisbane Royal she was second in both her Riding and Turnout classes and was placed in five classes.

Jodi also competes in Campdrafting & Sporting Events with success.  She won first in a Junior Draft under 13 yrs with a score of 85.  Her wins include 15 firsts and 5 Championship Point Scores.

She finished 22nd in the Australia-wide ABCRA Junior Draft competition for 2003, in her first year of Campdrafting when she was only 8 years old.

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Brook H Jumping at Darling Downs Showjumping Championships July 2003
Brooke, 8 yrs old on Marena Stormy Lass at Darling Downs Showjumping Championships July, 2003

Brook Higgins - from Toowoomba, Queensland

At Sydney Royal 2006, Brooke won 1st in her Girl Rider Class  and went on to be Champion Girl Rider.  She also won 1st in her Turnout Class and with mother Therese she won the Parent & Child, a class that they won at Brisbane also.

A special congratulations to Brooke Higgins of Queensland who leased our pony Marena Sweet Kiss and who did so well at 2003 Brisbane Royal winning 7 ribbons including 3 first places.  Brooke also won her riding class at the Queensland Horse of the Year 2003.

She is competing very successfully in jumping and Pony Club on Marena Stormy Lass.

Both of these Marena Ponies are by the wonderful child's pony stallion, Marena Sky Chief.  They are also both Australian Pony Stud Book ponies.

 In the New Year she will be showing her new pony, Marena Amber Flare.  Brooke will compete at the Grand National in her Rider class & following that at Sydney Royal.

Ingrid (Bugsie) Darlington - 14 years of Palmdale began riding with us when she was 7 years.  Bugsie has enjoyed lots of showring success riding many of our Marena horses from small ponies to big galloways.  Her sisters Sabrina and Vanessa also trained with us and showed with success.


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Buggsie on Marena Showgirl
Pictured here riding
Marena Showgirl


Sarah McMillan at Australian Youth Showjumping Champs 2003 (Nowra)
Sarah & Thunder at Australian Youth Jumping  Festival 2003 (Nowra)

Sarah McMillan - It has been a quite extraordinary year for 9 year old. Sarah who at the Australian Youth Jumping Festival in September 2003 won the Pony Grand Prix under 18 years on her pony Thunder and on her other pony Classic Art was 2nd in the Child Grand Prix under 14 years.  At the NSW Titles in October Sarah was first on Classic Art.  A marvellous result for a nine year old.  Her Showjumping family, John and Cath McMillan must be very proud of her.

Sarah has also become very keen on Showing and has been attending Shows with Lindy and our team of horses for nearly two years.  In 2003 she has been riding Marena Blue Skies, Marena Skylights, Marena Windflower and Marena Sweet Kiss in riding classes, Pony Hacks, Show Hunters and all the breed classes with great success winning Champions and Reserve Champions.  We find Sarah a very dedicated pupil and we are sure she has a big future.

Sarah first came to us for instruction and did a Three day School when she was only 5 years old.

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Carlie on Marena Sweet Kiss - 2006

Carlie on Marena Sweet Kiss - 2006


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Carlie Lind - Carlie first came to us on one of our Sport and Rec. Days several years ago.  She is a devoted member of our team and can be depended upon always to be there to help. 

Carlie continues to show with us and is a great help on the Stud during the School Holidays.

Carlie used to ride the faithful Marena Sweet Kiss who has started so many children off in their show careers.

Carlie has now graduated to riding our galloway, Marena Outback.

Carlie is pictured at left winning her Novice Girl Rider on Marena Sweet Kiss.

She went to Canberra Royal 2010 with us but was unable to go the 2011 event because of lack of stabling for her horse.

Carlie & Lindy at Singleton Show 2010,
Reserve and Champion Galloway Hack respectively

Riding Marena Outback - September 2009
Riding Marena Outback - Sept 2009

Carlie riding her new horse Glencoe Double Take


Astaire at Morisset 2010
Astaire at Morisset 2010, ridden by Jane

Jane Greentree - (nee Newcombe) Jane was only a little girl in late1983  when she first came for lessons after her Dad bought a grey pony Marena Quickfire from us .  We have never lost touch with Jane.

Jane graduated from Orange Ag College.  She is married to Jason and has a son, Beejay.

Jane has lovely new horse, Newdale Astaire, who was a well known Racehorse "Can We Dance" that has now started out well winning Supreme Led and Hacking classes at the local shows.  Jane and Fred (Astaire) head to Canberra Royal this year (2010) for their first Royal and the to Sydney for the Led TB.


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Jane holding Newdale Astaire - Champion at Morisset 2009

Jane with Newdale Astaire,
Champion Led at Morisset 2009


Nikki patting her friend, Secret
Nikki & Secret are such good friends

Nikki on Secret - Resv. Champ at St Ives
Nikki on Toomba Royal Secret
Reserve Champion at St Ives 09

Nikki Melross - Pictured left on Marena Fanfare at Canberra Royal 2006.  Nikki accompanies us to Sydney and Canberra Royals.

Nikki is a keen rider and wishes to expand her competition goals towards Stock Horse and Western classes as well as hacking.

Pictured at top right riding Marena Outback in November, 2008.

We gave her the last mare from our miniature line that we have bred for 43 years, Marena Buttons and Bows who is enjoying a lovely retirement with Nikki.

Nikki has ridden dozens of our horses over the years but realised her dream when she purchased ASH mare Toomba Royal Secret in 2009, she was placed at ASH Nationals at Tamworth.

Nikki who is doing her H S C this year  won her Novice lady Rider at Castle Hill Show.

Nikki is a particularly loyal and active member of our Team regularly helping with the horses and junior riders.  Her determination to improve herself is a good example to all.

We wish Nilkki lots of luck with her new horse.

Canberra Royal 2009 - Nikki won first in Junior Hunter Class on Marena Outback.

Nikki on Fanfare at St Ives '05
Marena Fanfare


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Nikki Mellros riding Marena Outback, Nov. 2008
Marena Outback at Bulahdelah in 2008

Nikki and Marena Sandpiper
Nikki with Marena Sandpiper

Nikki on "Secret" at Newcastle '09
Nikki on Secret at Newcastle '09


Shilo at Blacktown, Sept 08
Riding My Haven Cover Girl
at Blacktown Show, September, 2008

Shilo at Gosford, May 08

Shilo Harvey - had lessons at Marena Stud until the end of 2008.

Shilo was one of the last beginner children that Maureen Walker taught before she took a break from regular teaching and was later taught by Lindy.

To start with Shilo had lessons on our school horses.  Later her parents, Rod and Gayna Harvey purchased a beautiful pony for her, My Haven Cover Girl.  Lindy found this pony in Victoria just as the Equine Influenza in 2007 stopped all movement of horses, so "Missy" did not arrive until April 2008.

That Spring Show season saw an incredible improvement in Shilo - she and he new pony were very successful.

Among their many wins....

At Blacktown Show in September, 08, Shilo won her novice Rider under 12 years, when she had only just turned seven!  She also won her Rider Class at Castle Hill in October and Smartest on Parade at the NSW HOY.

Missy won Champion Show Hunter n/e 14hh in August at St Ives and at Bulahdelah in November she was Supreme Led Horse of the show.

Shilo who turned 7 in September, 2008, discontinued her lessons with us at the end of that year, and since then she has continued her riding with success.  Good luck, Shilo.

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Right: Shilo on Marena Sweet Kiss in the Leading Rein at Gosford Show, May, 2007.

Left: Shilo & Gayna in the Leading Rein at Gosford Show, May 2008, a year later.

Shilo, Smartest on Parade, HOY 08
Winner of Smartest on Parade at
NSW Hack Council
Horse of the Year, October, 2008

Shilo at Gosford, May 07


Maeve Lawson on Liberty
Maeve riding Lady Liberty in November 2008


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Maeve Lawson - has a new Thoroughbred mare, Lady Liberty - Focus has been retired.  Maeve did her HSC in 2008 and so did not ride from after Sydney Royal  that year until after her exams.

Her new horse has had previous show experience. Their first show was Bulahdelah, Nov. 2008 where she won first in both Lady Rider and Open Hack.

At Morisset, January, 2009, Liberty won first and Champion Hack, first and Res. Champion Led ANSA whilst Maeve was first in the Adult Rider.

At 9 shows in 2009 Liberty won 6 Champions , led and ridden.

This year Maeve started at Macquarie Uni. doing Law but intends to continue with  showing Liberty.

Lady Liberty - Photo by Lorelle Mercer

Maeve Lawson on her mount, Focus
Maeve on Focus who has now retired


Kath with her new "Boy"

Kath with the New Boy, Apptrak Lord Nelson at Canberra Royal 2006.


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Kath Jones - Her young Warmblood gelding, Lord Nelson competed on the first day of Canberra Royal 2006 and thrilled us as his "star quality" shone brightly  from ring centre.  He was green and a bit bewildered by the "big time" but held fast to win 3rd in the Sport Horse Gelding for his handler, Lindy.

At Blacktown Show, Nelson had a very successful time winning Champion Warmblood against a strong turn-up of Warmbloods and was also first in the ANSA Gelding.

Nelson at Canberra 06 - Sport Horse
Lord Nelson pictured with Lindy Walker at Canberra Royal 2006.

Kath & Vashti
Kath with the very successful Vashti in 2003

Warmblood mare ,Vashti won top in the State for Hacking.  Vashti went from Bronze to Gold in one year.  But that was not all; she was also Runner-up in the State for the Led section.


Danial Robbs at Hawkesbury 2004
Photo courtesy of Quickpix

Daniel Robb (at left) is from Wyee, is 10 years old and has been riding for only 2 years.  On board his horse Vernon Valarion at Gosford Show recently Daniel won 1st in his Boy Rider and 3rd in Open Pony Hack n/e 12hh.  Pictured at Hawkesbury Show 2004 they won Reserve Champion Boy Rider and Reserve Champion Hack (pictured left).

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Dana Anderson - of Holgate is 19 years old has finished her schooling and just joined the workforce, however she is still as keen as ever on her horses and still manages to ride them. At Sydney Royal 2004 showing Dust and Dreams Dana won 1st in ASH Mare, Champion ASH Mare and then Supreme ASH Exhibit.  She also won supreme ASH at Brisbane Royal 2004.

Dana Anderson on Dust & Dreams - ASH

Dana on Dust & Dreams in a ridden Australian Stock Horse class.


Morningside Stepalong
at Morisset Show 2010

Champion Rider at  St Ives 2009
on Marena Amber Flare

Georgia Coffey - Began riding lessons at Marena Riding Academy, with her sister, Alexa in November 2006 to learn Show Riding. They were previously attending Pony Club.

Georgia has shown great potential and has progressed quickly to become a very competitive rider. At shows Georgia rides Marena Stormy Lass, Marena Heartbeat, Marena Amber Flare and her new pony, Morningside Stepalong in Hack and Rider classes, winning many firsts and champions.

4th M, R & Eq O9 & U12- Sydney 2009

4th Mount, rider & Equipment O9 & U12 on Marena Amber Flare 

Sydney Royal 2009


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Georgia Coffey & Flare at St Ives, Nov. 08
Georgia and Marena Amber Flare
had a good day
at St Ives in November, 2008.

Georgia on Idol at Morisset
Georgia - Champion Girl Rider - Morisset  2010 on Harriet Hooke's Sandown Matinee Idol


Alexa Coffey & Pearl at Gosford 2008

Alexa with Mayflower Paspaley (Pearl)

Alexa Coffey has an excellent black pony mare, Mayflower Paspaley. At their first show together Alexa won her Novice Rider under 13 yrs. She has progressed so well she now has a new pony to show in 2009, Marena Amber Flare. He is a son of triple Grand National winner, Marena Amber Folly.

The Coffeys have moved to a farm in the Yarramalong Valley close to Marena Stud so Alexa is improving her skills by riding many of our horses from the Shetland Victoria, to a hack, Marena Venture.


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Alexa - First Rider Morisset 08

Alexa - First Rider Morisset

Photo by Newdale Equine Services

Alexa riding at Marena Stud - October 08

Alexa having a lesson on
Marena Amber Flare at Marena Stud

Alexa & Flare at St Ives
Marena Amber Flare - Champion Led Pony at St Ives

Alexa - First Rider on Marena Flare
Alexa - First Rider on Marena Amber Flare


Marena Faith arriving home to Marena Stud
Marena Faith arriving back home
to Marena Stud
in Feb.2010

Olivia Salt - Commenced riding with us as a beginner in 2006.  Olivia has ridden many of our experienced School horses giving her the opportunity to ride different types of horses before she bought her own.  2010 saw Olivia's dream come true with purchase of one of our own home bred mares Marena Faith from Maddy De Marco.

We sold Faith to Sue Lyons of Qld. originally.  Since then she has had a couple of owners as well as having a foal.  It was very nice to welcome her back.   She has always lived up to her name as she is very faithful to her owners.

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Maddy De Marco, riding Faith in Dressage Test
Photo by Phillip Atkinson Photography


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