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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: From the Editor Special Feature: Promoting your Horse, Part 1 Editorial: Tough as the Australian outback... Endurance Educational Camp Stud Profile: Marconi Pony Stud Vale: Orashan First Impressions: How to get that winning edge, Part 2 Event Report: National Arabian Stud Horse Show Ask The Experts: Floating horses long distance Event Report: Top of the Range Whatever happened to: Avondale Thumbleina Open Day: Sheridan Park Arabians Endurance Report: Cedar Ridge Endurance Ride Event Report: National Capital Horse Show Article: Facebook vs Your Own Website Endurance Report: NSW State Endurance Championships Article: The Legal Course - Leasing Open Day: Future Farms Arabians Event Report: Yarra Valley Championships Youth Spotlight: Maddi Rhodes Walk down memory lane

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‘Sheridan Park A’azz’ Aazad Amir (usa) x Sheridan Park Faridah This beautiful bay colt is owned by Karen Sheridan of Sheridan Park Arabians. Read more on Sheridan Park Arabians in our report on their Open Day inside this issue. Winner of our December Cover competition. Photo: Karen Sheridan.


fromtheeditor Thank you so much for opening up the third issue of The Arabian Horse Online magazine. The team here have been overwhelmed with the response the magazine has had, especially in the way of editorial contributions and suggestions. And again, our readers did not disappoint the October issue exceeded 50,000 views! For this issue, we ran a Cover competition, which was advertised on the Blog ( We put the call out for foal images, and 39 were received! Two representatives of the magazine shortlisted the entries to 10 - and these entries were judged by a different 4 representatives, and it wasnt easy. The ten finalists were shown on our Facebook group (, and many agreed that it would have been a hard task. Nevertheless, the winning image as I am sure you will agree, is stunning! Given the success of this competition, we will be running another in the near future. Keep an eye on the Blog. The Blog has continued to be popular - and has been most up to date information on what is happening in the Arabian Horse Industry. With current news and regulation changes, as well as show, competition and event information. Our advertising representatives are on standby waiting to take your enquiry for the next issue - out February 2011. This issue will cover the East Coast Arabian Championships. The second part of our special feature ‘Promoting Your Horse’ will cover PHOTOGRAPHY and we welcome advertising enquiries from Photographers around Australia. Photographers can get a location based listing for just $49.00. Please see the website (or the back of this issue) for representative contact information. Don’t forget - next issue deadline 30 January 2011. Advertisement and Editorial enquiries/suggestions welcome! Also a special advertising offer for SALE HORSES - get your ad in, and if it doesnt sell from the February issue, you can run the same ad in the April issue for half price! Catch you in the blog.....



Welcome to the first part of our feature on Promoting your horse. Marketing is a very important part of promoting your horse - whether you are advertising your horse for sale or, if you are showcasing a stallion standing at stud. Todays consumer is smart, and they have a good memory! So unfortunately, a substandard advertisement or a poor photo choice, can not only mean the difference between your potential buyer dealing with you or your competitor today, it can also stay with you for future prospective sales and/or stud seasons to come. This issue we asked Michelle Johnson of A.O.V. Productions to share her advice about VIDEO.

PROMOTING YOUR HORSE FOR SALE Many of us now adays have a camera at home which we film our beloved animals with. To do a for sale dvd from a home movie can take alot of time to make it just perfect if you are not proficient with editing skills. A horse for sale presentation needs to be exciting, and make the viewer want to see more. There is nothing more boring than watching a horse go around and around doing the same things for a long period of time. Music and effects and an opening sequence will grab the viewers attention. Show the horse at its best prepared as though it is to be shown with the rider/handler dressed in clean attire as well. When I film horses for sale I would normally film the horse being stood up, walking and trotting towards and away from the camera and also side on on both reins. A close up of legs is also recommended especially when buyers are some miles away and interested in the horse, they want to see everything. If the horse is a competition horse I would then have the horse saddled and film it under saddle in walk, trot and canter on both reins. This does not have to be for a long period of time as long as it is flowing and correct. After all of this we would unsaddle the horse brush it clean and run it free in a nice paddock if available so that the horses free movement can be seen. When I produce a For Sale DVD I also add photos from past performances and text overlay detailing the horses main achievements. A for sale presentation should be no longer than approx 10mins and if produced correctly you would normally get the desired result of a sale just from taking the time to produce something that you can watch over and over again and everyone enjoys - especially your potential buyer. The added advantage of having a professionally produced dvd of a horse for sale is that you also have a beautiful keepsake dvd of that special horse that you have decided to part with.


PROMOTING YOUR STALLION AT STUD Most stallion owners tend to spend a fair bit of money advertising their stallion in full colour in glossy magazines and stud directories, and no doubt this is a fantastic way to promote your stallion. However, an excellent way to ensure more value to your advertising dollar is to produce a dvd of that stallion so that potential clients can see the stallion moving or performing at its best. Now adays many mares are artificially inseminated from stallions all over the world which makes breeding the ultimate horse a more affordable dream. The only way these mare owners could see that stallions presence, movement and even temperament, would be via a DVD or the internet. To produce a stallion at stud DVD I film it the same as if it was being sold. Presentation is important as well as conformation and movement. You need a spectacular introduction to grab the viewer straight away and make your stallion stand out from the rest of the dvd’s that they may have to watch before they choose the stallion that suits them. A dvd is a fantastic marketing tool and if done correctly will reap you rewards with service fees booked. In promoting your stallion on DVD, add still shots, records of performances, animated pedigrees as well as photos or footage of successful progeny if available. Make sure that your stallion is washed, trimmed up and looking a million dollars - the best time to film is normally around the spring time when they are fired up and strutting their stuff. If you are thinking of perhaps spending the money and having a professional dvd made of your stallion make sure you leave yourself time to have the DVD produced so you can promote it as being available when you advertise your stallion in the magazines during stud season. If you have a professional DVD produced you can buy the rights and get them copied in bulk for mailouts to prospective clients. I have produced Stallion DVDs that the clients own with full production music so you can publicly broadcast your dvd at any trade fair etc. The more exposure your stallion receives the more stud fees you are likely to have booked.

About A.O.V. Productions Michelle Johnson has been filming horses in Western Australia since 1994. She has an excellent record of successful horse sales from her For Sale DVD’s. Stallion DVDs are a wonderful marketing tool and many clients keep coming back to have their new stallions filmed and promoted this way. A stallion dvd, depending on its complexity, can be around the same price as one service fee so you would reap your investment back from just having one mare booking. A.O.V. Productions also produces many keepsake videos each year from clients across Australia that have loads of footage and photos but just want it all put together for a keepsake DVD of their special horse. Michelle has been the Videographer for the National Show Horse and Rider Championships in Victoria since 2006. A.O.V. Productions is available to film at most major events.


Tough as the Australian Outback … comfy as your favourite, worn Akubra and so easy to handle. To many of us, our pick-up, or Ute as we Aussies prefer to call our four-wheeled friend, is more than just one of our most flexible and valuable working tools. It’s our mate. We have to be able to rely on it and know it’s easy to handle and that it’s safe. More often than not, we entrust it to transport or tow very valuable cargo, including our treasured horses. We want our Ute to be the most powerful, the strongest, the sturdiest, most secure vehicle there is. It should have loads of features, allow us to luxuriate in comfort and, in today’s day and age, also be economical and kind to the environment. Then take a look at the new 2011 Chevy Silverado! It’s the most powerful heavy-duty ever made. It has more power, more torque, a higher payload and trailering than the equivalent F-Series Ford and Dodge Rams. You want numbers? Feast your eyes on these: 296KW/1037n.m. - Durumax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel Engine – Allison 6 speed transmission - max. towing capacity 9843kg – a payload of up to 3010kg, a 136L tank with a range of up to 1094km. The 2011 Silverado has more than an 11% improvement in highway fuel economy over the previous generation. The Duramax runs cleaner with a 60% reduction in NOx emissions from the previous model. It’s even bio diesel compatible. This big beauty is truly stronger than an Ox but almost as quiet as a mouse compared to its predecessor. The all new chassis has a high-strength, fully boxed steel frame with 5x the tortional regidity over the previous model. The suspension received a complete overhaul with bigger, stronger components engineered to handle increased loads and improve ride quality. Whether you’re towing a big trailer, horse float, a huge 5th Wheeler Caravan, or even half a house, the Silverado will handle the job, and you won’t even feel it in your comfy cabin. The 2011 Silverado makes driving heavy trucks easy and safe with its new exhaust brake system, Trailer Sway Control (SRW only), Hill Start Assist (SRW only), auto grade braking and bigger, stronger brakes with Intelligent Brake Assist.


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Written by Amy Curran Marconi Stud is a small stud situated within the stunning West Gippsland scenery, south east of Melbourne in the township of Garfield. A family run stud, managed by Lisa O’Neill and her husband Simon, Marconi is dedicated to breeding ponies with good temperaments, conformation, looks and movement suitable for children and adults to enjoy whether it be for show or pleasure. Marconi Stud has bred some amazing ponies that have been successful at the highest levels of showing both within Victoria and nationally – including the Australian National Arabian Championships, Horse Of the Year events and State Riding Pony Shows. Perhaps the most renowned ‘Marconi Pony’ is the amazing little buckskin mare, Pearl Of Marconi. I had heard about this pony many times and finally got the chance to see her in the flesh at the 2010 Australian National Arabian Championships. What a super star. Her performances have included: 2009 Australian National Champion Led Arabian Riding Pony Filly 3-4 years, 2010 Australian National Reserve Champion Ridden Arabian Riding Pony Mare and 2010 Australian National Reserve Champion Led Arabian Riding Pony Filly 3-4 years. She is also a Dual Royal Show Supreme, Barastoc Horse Of The Year Supreme, as well as having won many more Champion awards across Victoria – and this little mare is barely 5 years old!

The Stallion Marconi Matrix was also bred by Lisa O’Neill and her family at the Stud, and he now resides in New South Wales with his new owner Vanessa O’Donnell at her Willinda Stud. At the 2010 Australian National Arabian Championships with Vanessa, he was awarded Australian National Champion Arabian Derivative Stallion under Saddle (under 14hh). He also won the East Coast Champion Derivative Pony Stallion under saddle the week before. These are just two fine examples of the quality ponies that Marconi Stud produces. With an impressive lineup of Stallions, success is sure to continue in the future - Weston Park Mercury, Marconi Encore and the up and coming sire, Mallawa Park Sh’Boom. Mallawa Park Sh’Boom was bred by Marconi Stud and is already a Multi-Supreme champion colt. He is a registered Arabian Pony, and also holds Part Welsh, Australian pony and Pinto registrations. The 2010 foal crop has started to arrive, and are further testament to the breeding program of Lisa, her family, and their sires and dams. If you would like to know more about Marconi Stud, please visit their website at




Creating your lasting first impression takes a lot of preparation, time and effort. You want that judge to think “Wow!” as soon as you enter and remember that feeling that they had of your entrance right up until it comes to the final decision. Not to simply forget you as soon as the next competitor steps in. Last issue, we took a look at the effective preparation and application of makeup with the valuable insight of Cameron Bonney. But, what about the rest of the body? You can have a beautifully presented face, so make sure that you complete the rest of the picture. Cameron also insists that “there are no short cuts to a healthy skin and shining coat. Clipping the hair off in Spring or Summer strips the coats natural oils and can sometimes take weeks to eventually resemble the original coat colour. You have to deal with a change of coat colour, dry skin and uneven regrowth. There is no secret to gaining that silky, shiny, natural coat. It is achieved through appropriate nutrition and good old fashioned elbow grease! Body clipping in the warmer months, does have its merits however, especially with grey horses. It removes the dirty, immature colour and defines their muscle tone.” There are also not many variances between Purebreds and Derivatives, Saddle horses or Halter horses apart from the final products that are used on the day of competition. Everybody looks for that shiny, healthy coat regardless of what they are competing in. And a healthy coat will enhance the appearance of your horses condition, its hindquarter, topline and overall muscle tone. It can also signify the internal health of your animal. Even when we are feeling a little under the weather, our hair loses is glossiness and vibrance. It’s the same for our four legged companions.

If your feeding program offers the correct nutrition for your horses energy outputs, then this should be evident through its coat. In addition to this, your consistent hard work will ensure fine and glossy hair. Daily grooming, including the use of a curry comb, stimulates the hair follicles, removes the dead hairs and promotes oil production. It also helps to keep your horses skin clean. Try not to shampoo your horse too often as this also tends to strip the essential oils from the coat. In saying that, naturally if your horse works up a sweat after being exercised, it is best if you at least remove the sweat through a quick wash down or hose. In the warmer months, I like to give my horses some time in the paddock without rugs. Sunlight delivers vitamin D and also helps with oil production. It is also a good chance for them to roll and scratch and be dirty! If you want to avoid your horses coat bleaching in the sun, then choose to give them this time in the early morning. All other times in the paddock, they wear a well fitting combo rug set. White rugs (although they don’t stay that colour for long) reflect the sunlight and help to keep my horses cool during the day, especially during summer. I also ensure they have plenty of shade during this time, whether they choose to use it or not. If your horse sweats under their rug during the day, this can also bleach out a darker coat. Once you have a healthy, shiny coat, there is not much that you will have to do at the show - apart from the general wash the day before or morning of the show. Using a lot of hair products to produce a shine will only attract dirt. For Purebreds, a fine mist of mink oil or Ultra over the body accompanied with a sheepskin mitt to smooth it over should be adequate to give their coat that extra gloss. For saddle horses, I tend to avoid using oil based sprays on their coat. Simply because the saddle events can take a while, there are normally a lot of horses going around at the same time, stirring up dust and their coats can wind up looking like a lamington by the time the event is over! A mist of show sheen whilst they are still wet after their wash (avoiding the saddle area) is normally enough to repel dust on the day of the show. I do use an oil based spray on tails to enhance their shine. Likewise, I also ensure that I have a sheepskin mitt handy to give them a wipe over between events. If you put in the extra effort throughout the weeks leading up to your competitions, then there is less required on the day of your shows. Healthy coats are of a huge benefit when it comes to doing quarter markers on your Derivatives and Saddle horses... stay tuned for tips on these in the future!

2010 brought a very different feel to the Nationals, with all rings being moved outside. For spectators it was very convenient to be able to watch both rings running side by side. Unfortunately it meant the night time entertainment was run before dark, so those camping on site were left to create their own evening entertainment! The judges were Cindy Reich (USA), David Marshall (NZ), Colleen Rutherford (Qld), Caroline Hooper (NZ), Gary Weir (Qld), Jackie Long & Brother Peter MacKintosh. The first day of competition included dressage, junior purebreds and a multitude of derivative classes, topped off with the Camelot and Jess Greenhalgh Challenges. The Champion Yearling Colt was Atuned MI a stunning colt bred by Mulawa, by Magnum Forty Four out of Mulawa Alexa, with Reserve going to Burren-dah Valentino Bey (IID US) by DA Valentino out of Kouvey Ole. The filly winner was Gameelah KA, by Craveff out of Bint Georgie Girl, owned by Krishlah Arabians. Reserve was Romance MI, by Magnum Forty Four out of Rimaraa (US).The Yearling Gelding class was taken out by Cruze KA, by Craveff out of Breathless, with Reserve going to Remark MI, Fame Maker R out of Rimaraa (US). The yearling colt & filly classes consisted of good entries of 17 and 20 horses respectively, and were lovely classes to watch. Certainly some stars of the future. Junior Champions and Reserves included; Junior Colt - Anastazi MI, with Reserve - Cedarwood Lodge Hy Rolla. Junior Filly - LLC Briana (US), was an absolute standout, and Reserve - Klassical Harmony MI. Junior Gelding – Mustangs Magnum Force, Reserve – High Calibre. The Junior derivatives were up next and some results included Champion Arabian Stockhorse Junior – Gossip Girl, with Parisian Blue in Reserve. The Champion Arabian Warmblood Junior was So’Sandro. The juniors were followed by the Senior Derivatives and Nicole Tremains Heste Arabique Impressed In Bronze continued his winning ways to take Champion Partbred. Photos this page (from top): 1 - Owendale Lemon Twist, Katharine Farrell 2 - Trincada Strike, Trincada Arabians 3 - Tempest in a Teacup, Kevin Cantwell 4 - Jackafella Montana Gold, Lisa Goodall


In Ring 2, Colleen Rutherford judged the Amateur Led Junior Arabians and Adiva took the Championship. The colt class was won by Kylie Ridge with her spritely and stunning colt Fairview Dream Maker. The 3 yo Ridden classes were held in this ring, judged by Caroline Hooper, and the Championship went to the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the Derivative Colt or Gelding class – Burrendah Jessie James and Parisian Blue. Many of the entries in the previous classes backed up for the Camelot Challenge – a led and ridden class for 3 year olds. The placegetter received medallions thanks to Camelot Rugs, with a rug going to the winner. The winner was Future Farms & Temar Arabians Prince CharmingFF. Parisian Blue also placed 3rd in the very strong lineup. The Gibson sisters had a very good afternoon with Kim Gibson winning the Arabian Snaffle Bit Maturity with her Simeon Shulhan, and Courtney Gibson riding Kaarinee to Champion Quarab undersaddle for Samantha Gibson. Courtney then hopped onto her own Gold N Wings, to take out the Jess Greenhalgh Memorial Challenge for Purebreds. A great day for Crown Lodge Show Horses! Mulawa Bronze Wings placed second in this class with a lovely workout under saddle. The Derivative Jess Greenhalgh Challenge was won by Emily Rees with Burren-Dah Serendipity.

River Oak Prominence – Viv Motbey

National Arabian Stud Horse Show ‘continued. .

Friday brought a little damp weather, but still the opportunity to watch some beautiful horses. Klass competed in the Arabian/Derivative Working Stockhorse, to win from Glo-Brook Legend. A very entertaining class, and very versatile horses. The Arabian Ridden by an Amateur was Argowan Margherita, ridden by Lana Babazogli, and Reserve Makeher Jazz - K Smith. An afternoon break was followed by the costume classes. Holding these classes before the eagerly awaited Breeder’s Sweepstakes really created a crowd for them, a crowd that got very involved! Georgia Latchford really went for it on Katie Smith’s gelding Nazeel to win the Youth Show Costume, and was a crowd favourite as she galloped the arena to the accompanying cheering and hollering! Viv Motbey turned her hand to both Native and Show Costume with some superb costumes and took out the Championship. Then came the Breeders Sweepstakes, an interesting initiative from NSW AHA. Prize money for the purebred class exceeded $4000 for 1st place. This class is linked to the yearly Stallion Auctions held by NSW AHA, and there were many people interested in joining in next year to be eligible for the class in the future and the great prize money. A very excited Katie Smith was called forward with her beautiful filly Jezzire, by Fire Alert out of Jezzabeel. Jezzire was more excited about having her beloved mate Miss Emenience being allowed into the ring to entice her to stand for the photos than the prizes! The Derivative section was won by the delightful Burren-Dah Jorjina Foxx, owned by Jill Gregson from Burren-Dah Stud.

Klass - Mulawa Arabians.

Heste Arabique Impressed In Bronze – Yandilla Arabians


The show continued on Saturday with one highlight being Trincada Strike winning Champion Arabian Pony Stallion from his son Cool Breeze Starstruck. Mulawa’s ridden horses continued their wins with Mulawa Bronze Wings winning the Arabian Show Hunter Championship & their mare Alchemia taking Reserve. The Arabian Saddle classes were also held on Saturday and the three Champions were bred by Mulawa. Alchimia won the Mare Championship ridden by Annette Lowe, Gold N Wings with Courtney Gibson the stallion, from Mulawa Bronze Wings and Daniella Dierks. And the Gelding Championship was won by Sovereign Wings & Daniella Dierks from Bullion & Emma Adams. On a personal note I was delighted to have our own Inshallah Inspiration in the Championship lineup at his first show under saddle after winning the Purebred Gelding ne 15hh class, ridden by Kristian Akehurst. The S. A Maxwell Sash was held in the afternoon with fourteen entries and won by Annagrae So Dazzling owned by the Bisset family. The Baskhan Memorial Sash had twenty eight entries, with the eventual winner being Sovereign Wings, ridden so elegantly by Daniella Dierks. The last day of show brought the spectators out with the lovely weather and the ‘big boys’, the purebred stallions taking centre stage. Firstly the Amateur Led Arabians were held with the Championship lineup featuring the stallion, mare and gelding winners – Karbon shown by Ian Mepham, Bremervale Fortune Queen shown by Karinn Panuccio, and Inshallah Inspiration shown by Ricky Carver. Karbon was called forward for the Champion, and Inshallah Inspiration for Reserve. The open purebred classes followed & Bullion was shown by Doyle Dertell for Emma Adams, to win Champion Purebred Gelding, at his last show before he headed to QLD. River Oak Prominence took Reserve. The Mare Championship was won by Mulawa Karismaa, and Bachante First Romance took Reserve. The winners of the Stallion classes lined up for a tense face-off as Cindy Reich inspected her winning stallions. Finally RHR Heir of Marwan was called forward for Champion. Greg Andrews showed ‘Heir’ to his win, a true show stallion who certainly knows when he is in the ring. Ghazal Ibn Estopa took Reserve Champion, shown by Anthony Geyteman. It will be interesting to see what 2011 brings for this show as it evolves. Photos this page (from top): 1 - Myluka Jaleel, Naomi Germain 2 - Paulgren Park Phoenix, Paulgren Park 3 - Gold n Wings, Courtney Gibson 4 - Yearling Purebred Breeders Sweepstakes winner and runner up – Jezzire, KR Show Horses and Angels Gift MI, Mulawa Arabians 5 - Judges Gary Weir, David Marshall, and Brother Peter Mackintosh enjoyed the judging of the Supreme Saddle Horse of the Show



They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true. I never wanted memories, I only wanted you. A million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane. I'd walk the path to Heaven and bring you back again.

A tragic loss of a beautiful young sire. Our thoughts are with Arabec Pintos. May his progeny do him proud.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided within this article and publication is for information purposes only. This informaton does not constitute legal advice, or reflect the opinions or views of The Arabian Horse Online Magazine or its representatives. KERRY CHAPMAN, GLENIPH ARABIANS We have done many long distance trips, such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Toowoomba for big shows that go on for a few days, but really anything over 300kms requires a bit more planning than just hooking up the float and hopping in the car and going. We always planned our trips very well, regarding the weather and time spent on the road, where to stop every few hours and where to stop overnight. We always travelled during the day as we found it much less stressful on the driver and the horses. At night there is usually an endless stream of trucks on the road who seem to be in a hurry to get to their destinations and who are not too considerate of horse floats. We have had a few very nasty and scary experiences with trucks whilst towing over the years. We found angle floats are better for the horses and we did most of our shows in either a four horse or five horse gooseneck, fully enclosed. The biggest thing we found was to consider each horses individual needs whilst travelling. We learnt who needed to travel up the front, who travelled best next to whom and who needed to come off first, so therefore went on last. Little things like these made those long trips much more enjoyable for us all. We were always mindful of the fact we wanted the horses to arrive safe and happy. Being mindful of how much rest each horse needed once arriving and before competing was another thing to consider. We had one mare who would spend the following day after travelling laying down resting so she needed a few days to recover before the show began. We always arrived 2-3 days prior to the show and tried never to be in a rush. We would stop every few hours and check the horses and have a short break and we always stayed overnight to break up the very long trips, all this was planned and booked in advance. We took warm and cool rugs as you never knew what weather you would strike. I remember one trip leaving Bargo on a very pleasant warm morning, arriving at Tamworth late that afternoon and it was bitterly cold, so out came all the winter rugs and then we arrived the following day in Brisbane to a stinking hot, humid day. We didn’t float the horses in rugs as we found it best not to have any dramas during the trip due to clothing problems. The horses all had full hay nets to travel with, some ate a lot some didn’t, they were tied fairly loosely so they could move their heads up and down and all our floats were fully enclosed inside, with full body mesh dividers and rubber to the floor between every horse. We did miles and miles of floating long distances to shows and I don’t ever remember having any problems with the horses, a few blown fan belts and vehicle troubles but all in all a great time !

FIA HASKO-STEWART, BLAKE’S HEAVEN ENDURANCE HORSES Long distance in relation to travelling horses really relates to the time the horse is on the float, rather than the distance. Horses are built to move and standing for long periods is bad for their metabolism, especially if they cannot lower their heads. Bracing against movement in the float or truck is also tiring. Float trips of up to 3 hours are fairly easy on experienced horse travelers. Trips of 4 to 5 hours are more demanding but manageable, depending on what the horse will have to do at the other end. Over this distance/time a rest stop is highly recommended. This means on a long trip - 9 hours or more on a day – several breaks will be needed. To get your horse/s off safely during a long trip you need a spot which is large enough to enable you to park safely away from fast traffic, a source of water, and preferably, grass under foot. The horses will want to stretch their necks, walk around (a small trot is good to loosen up), have a drink and a wee. If they can have a moment to graze it will relax them. Finding the right place or places to stop may mean asking horsie friends that use the same route, asking on an internet chat list, and/or looking at a detailed map. For longer, overnight trips, it is essential to plan in advance where you will stay. Most country towns have showgrounds where it is possible to camp the night but sometimes these are locked. A phone call to the local council to get permission and ensure the grounds are unlocked is essential. There are also a small number of “horse motels” and other horse friendly accommodation scattered along the major highways. There is a directory of these places on My biggest tip on travelling horses is to never ever forget that the horses are in the back. So many people think that because their car can do a certain speed up and down and round corners, it is okay for the horses. The main issue is curves and roundabouts where the camber (slope) of the road tips the float to the outside, making it hard for the horses to keep their balance. It only takes one incident of going too fast round a bend or roundabout for the horse to lose its confidence and start to scramble. We always hang large plastic buckets in the front of the floats and fill these with hay so the horses have something to munch on during the trip to keep their hindguts happy. Floats with head dividers make everything easier and prevent the horses biting each other during the trip (which can throw the float off balance). Horses can get hot if the float is fully enclosed, so think ahead about the weather. The easiest way to regulate temperature is to put on only light rugs and open or close the pop up vents if it gets cold or wet.

NICOLE GASSNER, NIARLA ARABIANS Living in the Gold Coast Hinterland Qld every year I tend to make the trip of around 800 Klms to Sydney for either the East Coast or Australian Championships sometimes both and have been doing this for many years now. On the way to Sydney I do it in one trip. Leaving early in the morning as I prefer to travel during the day, mainly for safety reasons. If something happens it is easier to have things repaired when everything is open. Also, being broken down on the road at night could be dangerous. Travelling the horses these distances I always fill the float with shavings as some horses will not urinate on rubber floors but will in shavings. The horses are tied loosely so they can get their heads down to drain their nasal passages. Stopping every few hours is a must and water is offered to them in a bucket, hay nets are provided and kept topped up regularly. Good air circulation is important and I do not enclose the back of the float. Windows and air vents are opened unless it is raining heavily. I do not have any rugs on the horses as I find this can make them to hot, nor do I use float boots as these can sometimes make their legs swell. Basically the horses travel bare and I find this keeps them cool and comfortable. In the event of a tyre puncture on the float I always try and go to the bigger tyre places like Bob Jane etc, as they can jack the float up without having to take the horses off which can be a nightmare in a small service station trying to hold horses while they repair the tyre. I have never had a problem travelling the horses this way and they generally arrive looking the same as they did when loaded in the morning. If one hasn’t been drinking much on the trip I will give them some Electrolytes and always carry these with me.



Asking for local knowledge or routes via social networking sites like facebook helps to avoid any potentialy dangerous roads. Many roads may look great on a map yet are hazardous with a float on.

Ensure any memberships for motoring groups i.e. RACQ, NRMA are paid up. It is also a good idea to phone prior to leaving to find out if they cover your float for breakdowns or only the towing vehicle.

If travelling into NSW from Qld it is necessary to stop at the tick gates - bookings are required by phoning Kirra DPI. Your horses may also need waybills or to be sprayed if travelling they are travelling from tick free to ticky sections of Qld for longer stays... a quick call to your local DPI can ensure you do not end up with a large fine.

Horses being transported into WA need liver fluke treatment.

Always travel with a well stocked first aid kit including spare halters and leads. Always have extra drinking water plus extra hay in case of breakdowns.

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The 2010 Top of the Range Arabian event marked its 31st Anniversary on the 23rd and 24th of October. The show was held at Toowoomba showgrounds over 2 sunny days and was once again a success due to the hard work of the Downs Arabian Club Committee. Club President, Richard Sharman, was thrilled with the healthy exhibit numbers, which were up from last year and the overall running of the show was great. Our International Judge, Verena Egli was impressed with the quality of the horses. The youth classes were well supported and the derivative classes were a highlight with some magnificent horses. We look forward to doing it all again next year!


By Amy Curran How does one begin to describe the life of a mare so amazing? A tiny little mare that won the hearts of her breeders, owners, trainers and at the same time, created a huge following from such humble beginnings. Avondale Thumbleina was bred by Pam Morris of Avondale Stud. Pam also bred her dam ‘Fiery Creek Gidget’. I asked Pam about the day Thumbleina came into the world: “I was shearing in the woolshed, it was a shocking day. Wild winds, and a bitterly cold wind. In between shears I took a break and noticed Gidget (Fiery Creek Gidget) slowly trying to get to her feet out in the paddock. She was not due to foal for another three and a half weeks, but this looked like it could be it! I rushed to her side, and found a tiny little baby. I picked her up and carried her to the stables, while Gidget trotted along behind me through the horrible wind. We got into the stables and as I took a better look at her, I decided to call her ‘Thumbleina’ – a name just the right size for her.” Pam recalls that from the time she was born she was an ‘exquisite little thing’. She never went through a ‘funny’ stage of growth, she always looked gorgeous. She was bright, intelligent and very capable. Thumbleina was purchased by Thelma Nichols (nee Nielsen) as a filly. Thelma adored her, and gave her every opportunity with the best trainers, riders and care. Thelma remembers “She was a super little mare, very much held her on opinion on things, she was very clever! She had that ‘something’ you look for in a show horse.” “She was a funny little girl, when she was being washed she would curl her tongue around in a very strange way! Ralvon Pilgrim (her grandsire) did it too, so did Trincada Strike.” Thumbleina always lived at home with Thelma, and she would transport her to all of her training sessions and shows. Thelma didn’t want her little mare to ever be too far away. Richard Sharman showed Thumbleina at the beginning of her career, then Sean Chapman took over. Sean now owns her son ‘Cool Breeze Starstruck’. Jill Rickard was Thumbleinas’ rider and used to say “you have to always be one step ahead of this mare!” Jill would talk about how she was like a big horse to ride, with her big strides and willingness.


Thelma owned Thumbleina for most of her life, and she became a very successful show horse, and broodmare. Her Australian Championship titles covered Dressage, Harness, Led and Ridden. Mulawa Arabian Stud was an operation that Thelma always admired. She loved the way they cared for and treated their horses, and when Thumbleina was 16 years old, Thelma leased her to Mulawa. A super home was so important to Thelma, and the Farrell Family cared for Thumbleina as she deserved, and soon became her new owners. I spoke to Greg Farrell of Mulawa Arabian Stud, who had such fond memories of Thumbleina: “She was a wonderful pony, very good to deal with and handle, never a fuss. She was a great mother and had four foals for us. They were all amazing quality, with good temperaments and super movement. Mulawa Ballerina (Magnum 44) became an Australian Champion and was sold to Donna Taff and Deanne Azzopardi. Mulawa Magnolia (Magnum 44) is now owned by the Medsvecsky family near the ACT and is competing successfully at halter, soon to be broken in. For The Moment (Magnum 44) has also had a successful show career already, and is now owned by Peter and Ashley Meagher. He is a super mover, and very elegant. Thumbleina’s last foal, Mulawa Prophecy (Klass), is very ‘pony’ in type. She has an amazing temperament like her mother and is also a fantastic mover.” Thumbleina had seven foals in total, and all are gracing the show ring today. Before moving to Mulawa, Thumbleina was served by Trincada Strike twice and Cool Breeze Starstruck and Cool Breeze Charm resulted. She was also served by Syon Royal Portrait, and the Arabian riding pony Cool Breeze Springtime was born. Avondale Thumbleina was laid to rest in Jaunary 2009. She lived a huge life - multi Australian Champions, three amazing homes who loved her and treated her like royalty, and a legacy of progeny that now have the show ring at their hooves. Rest In Peace Avondale Thumbleina (October 1988 – January 2009)

On Saturday the 13th of November, Sheridan Park Arabians had an Open Day to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. First up was the studs senior stallion, Abraxas Amir (imp US) (ET Crown Prince x AH Abraxas). We saw four sides of Amir during the parade, he was presented at liberty, then under saddle doing dressage, then as a stockhorse and lastly in show costume. All beautifully ridden by his rider Christine Kowald. The stud’s foundation mare, Taywoona Rose of Falee (Qarah Sami x Taminga Filu +M), now 26 years old, was presented with her son Sheridan Park Kariim (by Karda Mordo Mir) who was the first foal born at Sheridan Park. Kariim, now a 20yo has been a successful endurance horse and is now owned by Jess Aistrope. Falee’s grand-daughters SP Felena (Abraxas Amir x SP Egyptian Falame (dec) and SP Faridah (Ali Kamar* x SP Egyptian Falame) along with Faridah’s progeny SP Faanya (2007), SP Kaison (2008) both by Amir and her 2010 foal SP A’azz by Aazad Amir were also paraded. Ashouri (Simeon Stav x Abiebi*) the foundation mare of Karen’s Straight Egyptian program, was not at all keen to put on any sort of display but her son Aazad Amir (by Abraxas Amir*) made up for her serenity with his exuberance. New to Karen’s SE program are two stunning mares currently on lease from Saba Arabians. The beautiful Abraxas Habielaa (imp US) (ET Crown Prince x BA Halamet) and Sataara (imp US) (Imtaarif x AK El Sanaa) both were more than happy to put on a little show for the guests. Other SE’s presented were Nafeessa SEI (Shalin Al Saba x Simeon Silpa) and Simeon Seon (Asfour* (dec) x Simeon Setami (NZ) and Kuhaylan Nakala (Simeon Samal x Kuhaylan Nakeeda) along with her progeny SP Taahira Dawn (2008), SP Shamir (2009) and SP Eros (2010) all by Abraxas Amir*. Also paraded were the beautiful Egyptian related mares Sabtah A Serenade (Simeon Seren x Staunton Karamish) and her daughters SP Viktoria (by TR Viktor) and SP Symphony (by Abraxas Amir*). Completing the family was SP Viktoria’s eyecatching daughter SP Aaria (2008) by Abraxas Amir. The maternal half sisters Saarbrena (by Imperial Madaar*) and Sarida (by Simeon Sadik) out of Simeon Shirah were paraded with their progeny, Saabrena’s son SP Sa’eed (2007) by Abraxas Amir and Sarida’s exquisite 2010 filly SP Sarina also by Amir. Sheridan Park pride themselves on having horses with wonderful movement and seeing Ralvon Signature (Ralvon Job x Ralvon Sierra) in action is something I highly recommend. This mare has the kind of trot that gives you goosebumps. The lovely Barabas* mare Sar Mahzette (out of Moniet) followed and she also showed off her amazing trot. Sheridan Park also has a number of derivatives. Amir’s 2008 quarab filly SP Twilight (out of Freckles Elly) as well as his 2010 Arabian Riding pony son out of Sanlirra Snugglepott. The Sheridan families riding horses Bevolin Heatwave and Stephanie were also presented to the crowd. The parade ended with the guests being invited to pat and cuddle with the 2010 foal crop and a sausage sizzle and drinks with an opportunity to wander the paddocks and see any of the paraded horses again at their leisure. Karen was not short of helpers and we were all proud to be there to help her celebrate 20 years of breeding Arabians and derivatives, I am sure the name Sheridan Park will still be going strong 20 years from now.

Cedar Ridge Endurance Ride The Cedar Ridge Endurance Ride was held on Sunday 28 November 2010, at the historic Native Dog Station at Oberon, NSW. The weather was a little wet, however thats what endurance is all about isnt it? Get out there in all weather and have a good time! FINAL RIDE DIVISION PLACINGS - 80km: HEAVYWEIGHT 1/ Chris Magnabosco, ‘Magna Jiba’ (4:54:38) 2/ Neil Clarkson, ‘Espirit Sherwood’ (6:11:31) 3/ Joanne Aldwell, ‘Coolahlee Park Saraba’ (6:25:48) MIDDLEWEIGHT 1/ Thomas Hermann, ‘TTH Headliner’ (5:23:38) 2/ Melissa Atwell, ‘Red Legend’ (6:07:22) 3/ Tina Walker, ‘Cromarty Park Zataal’ (6:21:02) LIGHTWEIGHT 1/ Fia Hasko-Stewart, ‘Blakes Heaven Bombora’ (5:12:53) 2/ Adelina Gibson, ‘Wantley Kaliph’ (5:13:21) 3/ Janine Bigeni, ‘Rhiannons Dakota’ (6:21:06) JUNIOR 1/ Shantel Nagle, ‘Coolinda Park Louisville’ (7:42:37) 2/ Olivia de Gruchy, ‘Jupiter Mikena’ (7:55:29) 3/ India Hutchinson, ‘Bank on the Bay’ (8:03:35)


FINAL RIDE DIVISION PLACINGS - 120km ** 1 day OPEN 1/ Karen Alderton, ‘Qena Catt-Dancer’ (9:08:18) 2/ Talea Hasko-Stewart, ‘Blakes Heaven Venus’ (9:26:26) 3/ Blake Freeman, ‘Jalustre’ (9:34:05) YOUTH 1/ Nichole Whitehead, ‘Oso Lexus’ (7:56:58)

COMPLETION STATISTICS - 120km ** 1 day Total Riders 15, Total Completions 8 COMPLETION STATISTICS - 80km * 1 day Total Riders 16, Total Completions 2 COMPLETION STATISTICS - 80km Total Riders 49, Total Completions 43 COMPLETION STATISTICS - 40km Training Total Riders 25, Total Completions 21 COMPLETION STATISTICS - 20km Social Total Riders 7, Total Completions 3

Main photo: Amy Curran Inset photos: Jo Arblaster, Animal Focus


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National Capital Horse Show

Report by Carlie Beer | Photos by Suz Worsley-Deacon (

The National Capital Horse Show was held the weekend of 26th – 28th of November. Another weekend of showing meant many backed up from the Nationals in Sydney and other shows, leading to some very tired faces. A great atmosphere at this show, nice and relaxed, and a great meeting place for competitors from many states. Dressage was held during Friday, with perfect weather. Many were looking to the skies waiting for the show to put on some real ‘Canberra’ weather, but it usually waits until the last day of competition! Friday evening was the Junior Ridden Challenge, open to all breeds. The delightful little Arabian pony Burren-Dah Nemo, by Ralvon Clint from Burren-Dah Star Trinket won the Challenge, from some very tough competition. The Senior halter was held simultaneously with the Junior Ridden Challenge, which gave spectators around the ground, and also under the marquee in the centre of the showground plenty to watch whilst enjoying the barbeque put on by Future Farms. The winner of the Senior led was Cool Breeze Starstruck led by owner Sean Chapman, although it was a very close contest with Burren-Dah Serendipity coming 2nd only on a countback as the scores were tied. It had been eight years since the scores of a Challenge had been tied. Yvonne Barlow from Natham Arabians sang some tunes for the spectators also, creating a bit of a party atmosphere under that marquee! Yvonne was even heard over the loud speaker in the stables, as everyone sang along while prepping their horses for the challenges. Vanessa Amorosi just doesn’t sing Mr Mysterious like Yvonne does! Ring 1 was the purebred Arabian ring and on Saturday held the led classes under judge Christina Wale from Sweden. The Senior Led Purebred Arabian Champion Gelding was Inshallah Inspiration, by Tommie out of Inshallah Impulse led by Kristian Akehurst for Re-Ality Arabians, with Lac-La-Biche Son of A Rose, by Talisman Rose Bahri in Reserve. The Mare winner was Audrey JCA (Imp USA), by Falcon BHF (US) out of Von Herte Only One (Brazil) and was capably led by young Cody Dertell. A fine lineup of grey and chestnut stallions presented to the judge, which resulted in Ghazal Ibn Estopa, by Estasan Ibn Estopa from Windella Silver Sequin taking out the Championship with Anthony Geyteman. The amazing temperament of Ghazal Ibn Estopa is a testament to his breeding and upbringing, as due to the hectic schedule of his handler, he spent some time waiting for classes being held by a variety of helpers of varying experience. He is certainly a horse that just takes everything in his stride. The Supreme Senior Championship was contested between Anthony Geyteman with Ghazal Ibn Estopa, and Cody Dertell with Audrey JCA, with the title and garland going to Ghazal Ibn Estopa. Both horses are brilliant examples of Arabian type, and certainly temperament. The Junior classes followed with Champion Colt won by DBA C’Zar (Imp USA) by Eden C out of LV Markelle, the three year old winner, and Reserve won by the Yearling Class winner – Fairview Dream Maker by Al Kha-Zar out of Fairview Just A Dream. Junior Gelding was won by the amazing Cruze KA, with the yearling winning over the older horses (two and three year olds) to take the Championship. This trend continued in the filly classes, again the Yearling took the Championship, this time Gameelah KA for a double for Krishlah Arabians. The Supreme Junior Championship saw the tiny Gameelah KA contest the title against DBA C’Zar, with the judge picking Gameelah KA as her choice. The two Championship winning Geldings returned to the ring for the Grand Champion Purebred Arabian Gelding title, with the winner being Cruze KA. The two Supreme Champion winners, the Senior and Junior were then given the title of Grand Champion Led Purebred Arabian Exhibit to contend for and Ghazal Ibn Estopa was chosen for the top honour. This show has a very good purebred program with many garlands and titles on offer. The Amateur classes were won by Inshallah Inspiration and Ricky Carver in the Gelding class, Fairview Silver Inspire and Kylie Ridge in the Mare or Filly class, and Paro Kai Shaklan and Karen Pullen in the Stallion or Colt class who then went on to win the Champion title. Over in the Derivative section Parisian Blue, by Bannerman Blue out of Koolrasta Park Paris took out the Arabian Stockhorse Championship. Annagrae So Dazzling, by Aloha Bobby Dazzler out of ESP Sedonie, the Arabian Warmblood Championship. Champion Arabian Pony Filly was Tarleen Park Zena, with Reserve Bellah Khepri. The Champion Arabian Pony Colt was Burren-Dah On Fire, with Tarleen Park Ignition in Reserve. Kepeka Kaiser won the Partbred Colt Championship, with Lac-La-Biche Metallique winning the Partbred Stallion Championship from Niche Shadows painted Man. There were so many rings running and coordinated, it is a credit to the committee, so many in fact that it was hard to keep track of results. But they must be commended on fitting in so many classes over the two days and not dragging it out any longer for the competitors. Saturday night included the Senior Ridden Challenge and the Junior Halter Challenge. Burren-Dah Jorjina Foxx was the judges choice as winner of the Junior Challenge. The Senior Ridden Challenge was also hotly contested with many lovely workouts. It was the crowd favourite of the tiny Mondiso Park Watch Me and rider, whom managed to win. Alas, many were woken early on Sunday morning to the dreaded sound of rain falling heavily on float roofs, truck windows and tent walls. Kim Cox braved the weather to judge the purebred ridden classes. The Novice Championship was up first – Champion was Prince CharmingFF and Reserve was Sienna Makin’ Luv Not Warr. Champion Ridden Stallion was Prince CharmingFF, Champion Ridden Mare was Wishes, and Champion Ridden Gelding was River Oak Prominence. The Supreme went to Prince CharmingFF. All riders were thoroughly wet through, and sloshed through mud and growing rivers, so must be commended. Here was the weather we had been expecting!


Amaki’s Impersonator ridden by Leanne McConville

Audrey H JCA (imp USA) shown to Champion Mare by Cody Dertell

Winner of the Junior Ridden Challenge Burren-dah Nemo, Ashbolt & Lord

Champion Arabian Stallion & Supreme Arabian - Ghazal Ibn Estopa, Fairview Arabian Stud and Vision Show Training Tokyo Joe & Jenny Campbell

Champion Arabian Stallion under saddle - Prince CharmingFF, Future Farms Inshallah Inspiration – Re-Ality Arabians & KC Stables

Senior Ridden Challenge winner Mondiso Park Watch Me & Teleah Lindsay, with judges Sandra James, Lisa Le Provost, and Gail Iskra


Why do I need a website, when I can set up a Facebook page for free?


Good question and one asked often. They are two entirely different things!

WEBSITE: Your website can reflect who you are, what you do, and where you are going. A website has no limits. You can list your sale horses (with images, videos and up to date information), you can show off your Stallions at Stud, or you can sell items through an automated e-commerce system (online store). It’s a 100% personalised display of the image you want to project, and how. And, so much easier to find! With the right domain (website) name (personalised just for you) your clients will be able to ‘google’ or ‘bing’ you in no time at all.

FACEBOOK: Facebook is what is called a ‘networking site’. Facebook was designed to connect people, and enable them to share information and form contacts (networks). Twitter is much the same on a simpler scale. You can upload images and share information, yet the cons are many: 1. Only people who use Facebook can view your Page – limiting your audience and potential clients/customers. The largest group of Facebook users is the 25-34 age group* – is that your target audience? 2. Your Facebook page looks exactly like every other persons Facebook page. First impression - a whole screen of professionally designed content or a small profile picture amongst a lot of mall print? 3.

Search Engines will generally rank a website higher than a Facebook page.

Ask yourself, would you purchase a $10,000 horse from a Facebook page or, worse still, a free website with pop up ads about online casinos? Or would you be more likely to consider that horse, if it was showcased on a website in a professional way that showed attention, care and detail?

Your website is a professional business tool, designed to catch the eye of your clients and display what you want them to know about you (in your professional capacity) and your business. Facebook is well known as ‘social networking’ and there are elements of Facebook that you don’t control i.e. comments from others (Bob Smith saw this horse go silly at a show). Many workplaces today (and most Government workplaces) block social networking sites. Picture the client who likes to browse during their lunchtime – they won’t find Facebook but they’ll find your website.

Ok, we have talked about the differences of both – so how can they work together? Facebooks strongest point is its members, it is a social networking website after all! So use these members and get them to your website! You can join Facebook and in a short time be connected to hundreds of other people who share your interests. I have witnessed a Facebook experiment done – an unknown ‘identity’ joined Facebook, and started requesting friends with similar interests. After a few days most of these had accepted the friendship. Then, hundreds of friend requests starting coming in for this ‘identity’ to be friends with them! Within one month this ‘identity’ had over 500 friends. That’s 500 friends you can tell when you update your website. *Facebook demographic statistic courtesy of Ignite Social Media Statistical Report 2010.


NSW STATE ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2 - 4 October 2010 Report courtesy of the Cowra Guardian Photos: Jo Arblaster, Animal Focus (


The weather Gods were having their fun with us last weekend, with warmth, then wind, then rain, warm again, then a wonderful sunny day when final presentations occurred! The Lachlan Endurance Riders Club held this prestigious ride for the third time, with the others in 1995 and 1997; with us taking on the National Championships Tom Quilty Gold Cup back in 2003 at Canowindra.

This year saw 71 horse and rider combinations take on this challenging 160kms course around the lovely hills of Woodstock, and with 40 being successful to the veterinarians satisfaction, this gave us a completion rate of 54 per cent which is about usual for a 160kms ride. We had four Queenslanders come down to take on our top riders, and the two that finished were equal fifth with our local rider Kylie Jonkers on her Arabian stallion Girilambone Comet. Kylie won the Lachlan Fertilizers Rural $100 voucher for first local as well as a lovely wool kersey rug donated by Lachlan Steel and Industrial Supplies. The new NSW State Champion is Jeff Adams from Moruya on the South Coast riding his lovely Arabian gelding Takoi Jacky Chan in a time of 11 hours and six minute for this challenging course. Jeff and Jacky Chan have been the bridesmaids for several years now in both 2009 and 2008 and also at this year’s Tom Quilty National Championships at Manilla, so it was great to see them dominate the field this year. Jacky Chan’s magnificent dressage workout for Best Conditioned Horse was a crowd favourite and the vets deemed them Best Conditioned, winning the Jon-de-le Arabians Wool kersey rug as well as their first placed rug donated by Dixon Smith Equestrian. In second place was first timer Cathy Walton and her gelding Danny from Kurrajong, a mere minute behind this experienced duo, receiving the rug donated by Steel, Walsh and Murphy of Cowra. Third was Victorian Castlebar rider Kristie Taprell on Castlebar Doolittle, only 20 minutes later winning the Kintamani Arabians wool kersey rug donated by the Lindsays of Cowra.


Madeleine Whyte ‘Kelkette Park Deity’ 1st Junior 160km

Rod Mitchell ‘A 7th HeavloywheaigNaja’ ht 160km

In the Heavyweight section Roy Barsby of Elong Elong was victorious on his homebred gelding Dumaresque Montgomery in 11.52 winning the Holmwood and Cowra Wreckers kersey rug. Second was Con Bouzianis from Penrith on his homebred Arabian Conderosa Silver in 14.40 winning the Landmark Cowra rug; then third was Ian Dreghorn from Roseville on Mountain Breeze Jack the Ripper in 15.44 winning the Moss Rock Endurance, USA rug; Conderosa Silver was Best conditioned Heavyweight winning the Jon-de-le Arabians rug. Fourth Heavyweight was Stuart Hitchcock of Kurrajong riding his stallion Ralvon Courier in 15.52 for his 15th NSW State Championship buckle. Stuart won the Suncrest Arabians wool rug; and fifth was Neil Clarkson from Glenhaven riding his Stallion Espirit Sherwood in 16.34 winning the Ellis and Sons Cowra rug. In the Lightweight section the winner was Carol Layton from Wakefield riding her Arabian gelding Omani Mr Sqiggle in 11.50, winning the Cowra Tyre and Brake Centre wool kersey rug; Second was Tracey Lee Feltrin riding Oso Lexus in 11.54 from Bright in Victoria; winning the Allan Gray & Co. rug; Third Lightweight was Janine Bigeni from Bobs Farm riding Webbs Creek Rising Fast in 11.58 won the Wickwood Performance Arabians rug; Fourth placed Fia Hasko-Stewart from Canberra rode Blake’s Heaven Bombora to win the Cowra Meat Processors wool kersey rug; and her daughter Adeline Gibson rode Blake’s Heaven Dubonet to place fifth and win the Garrallan P/L from Cowra rug. Oso Lexus was the Best Conditioned Lightweight horse winning the Jon-de-le Arabians rug. The Specialized saddle donated by Dianne Luker and Kim Wilde of Blayney was a lucky draw from all entrants in the 160kms and a very excited Jennifer Rodgers from Oakdale was the winner. A special thank you to all the helpers who came out of the woodwork to assist over the weekend, it was very much appreciated as it is a very labour intensive sport with course stewards, vet pencillers, office, masses of timing stewards etc. These workers are well looked after by our club caterer Allison LeMesurier and her merry band of helpers. Also a special thank you to all the Woodstock landowners that were kind enough to allow our course to proceed through their lovely properties. The countryside looked an absolute picture for our visitors and most have declared they will return.

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ock Stuart HitCchocurier’ ‘Ralvon eight 160km 4th Heavyw

Elaine Kirby ‘Excessabelle’ 1st Middleweight 80km


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Yarra Valley Arabian Championships Avondale Cruise (photo:Trevor Bellchambers) 20th November 2010, Werribee Equestrian Centre, Victoria. Major results: Grand Champion Purebred Entire : Avondale Cruise / Westacres, T & J Bellchambers Grand Champion Purebred Gelding: Aces Wild / Nerida Morrish Grand Champion Purebred Female: Shaylen Park Bint Allah / Shaylen Park Supreme Purebred: Shaylen Park Bint Allah / Shaylen Park Grand Champion Derivative Entire: Memphista/ Ajay Arabian Ponies Grand Champion Derivative Gelding: Strathford Giovanni / Meagan Bult Grand Champion Derivative Female: Akora Fine Art / Akora Arabians Supreme Derivative: Memphista / Ajay Arabian Ponies Supreme Amateur Owner Purebred: Aces Wild/ Nerida Morrish Supreme Amateur Owner Derivative : Akora Fine Art /Akora Arabians Supreme Ridden Amateur Owner: Salah Mareekha /Jacqui Kilpatrick Grand Champion Western Pleasure: Halimas Desert Shaklan/ Sarah Huxtable Grand Champion Ridden Derivative: Renlim Park Tobias / Elouise Lando Grand Champion Ridden Purebred: Salah Mareekha / Jacqui Kilpatrick Supreme Champion Ridden Exhibit: Salah Mareekha / Jacqui Kilpatrick

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Produced by the Victorian Arabian Horse Association Inc. in celebration of the Ruby Anniversary of the Victorian Arabian Horse Classic (to be held 8-9 January 2011). To win, just answer the following question: What is the full name of the mare who was featured in ‘Whatever Happened to...’ this issue? And, who was her grand sire? Email your answer to

AN ‘ARABIAN HORSE ONLINE MAGAZINE’ EMBROIDERED SHIRT IN YOUR SIZE All you have to do for this one is email your name and postal address to One lucky person will be chosen at random! See the advertisement for pictures of the shirts in this issue.

The above two competitions close 30 January 2010 - winners announced next issue. More giveaways next issue - including a Custom Made Arabian Halter!


Book 1 and Book 2 in the ‘Daughters of the Wind’ series by Carmel Rowley.



The Arabian Horse Online - December 2010  
The Arabian Horse Online - December 2010  

A bi-monthly online magazine for Arabian and Arabian Derivative horse enthusiasts in Australia, and for the world to read!