May 15, 2008.
Introducing our new acquisition 'Westlake National Anthem'
This week we welcomed the stunning young colt 'Westlake National Anthem' (Neon) to Carlingford Park where he will be campaigned in 2008 alongside Carlingford Park Sweet Embrace, and later under saddle, before taking up stud duties here in the Hunter Valley.
By the impeccably bred Rosedale Tempting (Fairley Tempest imp x Colbeach Simone imp) out of the ever charming Heatherbrae Never Forget, a daughter of the HOTY & Royal winning mare Heatherbrae Nara & by Rothwell Toytown, this youngster boasts a pedigree to compliment the mares we have chosen to retain whilst demonstrating the conformation and temperament required of an up and coming star. We thank Ben and James of Westlake Stud for allowing this gorgeous little chap to join our stud and we eagerly await his show ring debut in the future.
Detailed information will be uploaded on our 'Stallions' page in the coming week.
Last weekend saw Dale Plumb visit the Hunter Valley for a two day school which we attended with our galloway CP Theatrical. Dale schooled Thea for her lessons before I was convinced to jump aboard after many years out of the saddle. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride under Dale's guidance although I certainly did pay for it for sometime after.
With Thea working so kindly for Dale, proving her worth as a suitable child's mount in the meantime, we are looking forward to attending his school again in July with Theatrical and possibily CP High Society.
March 14, 2008.
Rosedale Tempting Colt Awarded Champion Colt at Melbourne Summer Royal
It was pleasing to be informed by Christine Comley (Rosedale Stud) this afternoon of the superbly successful debut of Rosedale Tempting's (dam Colbeach Simone imp) progeny Rosedale Concerto with the bay yearling being awarded Champion Riding Pony Colt at this week's deferred Melbourne Summer Royal. It was also a wonderful coup for the stud to take out the Champion Filly award with Rosedale Simone (dam: Colbeach Simon imp) exhibited in partnership with Bree and Nick Petrie.
February 8, 2008.
Much has happened since our last update and it is hard to believe the holidays are over and the kids back at school, it's even harder to believe our youngest is in high school already. It is certainly very pleasing, and somewhat of a relief, that our industry is heading in the right direction towards a return to pre-EI activities. Early February saw the first show in NSW's Purple Zone brilliantly organised and run by the Hawkesbury & Hills District committee which was well attended by enthusiastic showies on a very hot and steamy day. It was great seeing old friends again, everyone smiling and happy to be back doing what we love.
With our young galloway being accepted into Sydney Royal we took the opportunity to get her some much needed experience before the daunting atmosphere of her first royal show. Whilst slightly unsettled early she soon got down to business and performed well to win the Open Galloway 14-14.2hh after which we decided to call it a day, finishing on some very nice work.
Australia Day long weekend saw me embark on a trip to Christchurch for the NZ Grand National Horse Show with my sister who was officiating at the 10th Anniversary event. A contingent of Aussie judges, stewards and chaperones including Darren Telford & Greg Geary (Whitmere Stud), Riding Pony Stud Book Society Chairperson Leonie Walsh (Brookville Stud), Jackie & Lindsay Long (Ivery Park Stud), Raymond Butler & Glen Gillan (Karlana Stud), Ann Smiley (Lynlea Stud) and my sister Rebecca Brown (Hillview Thoroughbred). The New Zealand organisers certainly know how to put on an event with in excess of $60,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The hospitality shown to the group of Australians was overwhelming and we all enjoyed a wonderful time, sharing many laughs together over the four days.
During the show, and in the absence of NSW Shows, I was able to fulfill my Riding Pony Probationary Judging committments. I'd like to thank Ray Butler and Darren Telford for assisting in this repsect and my appreciation goes out to the committee for granting me the opportunity of doing so at their Grand National Show. I look forward to officiating at Riding Pony events in the future.
Satine at the breaker
Our gorgeous filly Carlingford Park Socialite (Satine) has recently returned home from the breaker and is now being prepared for her in-hand events at Sydney Royal. Whilst it will be still quite sometime before she makes an appearance under saddle at a show early indications are that, like her mother, she is quite special indeed.
December 22, 2007.
Finally, a horsey weekend!
Last weekend saw a visit to the stud by Lorelle Mercer who took some great shots of not only the ponies and galloways we currently have for sale, but also a large number of great family portraits.
Whilst it was certainly a very long day, and to say Lorelle has patience of gold is a gross understatement, many laughs were enjoyed throughtout the day. The results were very pleasing and it will no doubt take sometime to sort through the piles of proofs Lorelle sent to us within a few days of her visit. Lorelle's service was A1 and we can certainly recommend her to anyone considering not only a stud visit but also for those long overdue candid family shots.
Perhaps we may even brave posting a few portraits early in the new year.
An emormous thank you to Sara Robb (of Mossman Park) without whom we would never have managed. She not only rode Theatrical for our photos but also worked like a trojan throughout Saturday and Sunday to help achieve the sucessful results.
Steve sends his special thanks Sara for saving him from what he .sees as a fate worse than death - a total horse orientated day!
I couldn'thave spent a more enjoyable birthday weekend, thanks everyone involved!
Ourendearing little Isobel who wins the heart of all who meet her.
December 2, 2007.
With the arrival of Sabrina's (CP High Society) colt in the early hours of this morning we now have our six Rosedale Tempting foals safely on the ground - 4 colts and 2 fillies. We are more than thrilled with the foals our mares produced by Simon and look forward to seeing them in the show ring in the years to come. Whilst we will be retaining a number of the foals the majority will be offered for sale to show homes as weanlings. Please feel free to contact us for more information. We will post photos of the babies when Lorelle Mercer visits to photograph the foals, yearlings and saddle stock to be offered for sale. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
November 30, 2007.
Foaling news from one of our grand old dams - Vision of Spring
Conratulations to Lee Hawkey of Bathurst who now owns one of our grand old dams Rathowen Vision of Spring who produced a sweet palomino filly last week by Royal Show Champion Cherrington Montana. Lee did confess to wishing against all hope for the resulting outcome and she is suitably over the moon with little 'Lady Mishah Roshare'. Already the of multi Royal Show Champoins Fizzy is still producing wonderfully at the age of 18 years young. We look forward to seeing Lee and Mishah in the showring in the future.
November 16, 2007.
Vaccinations ... finally!
We were very grateful to finally receive our first vaccinations this morning. All horses coped well with their microchip and vaccination injections and within an hour all horses and relevant paperwork were skillfully in hand. Apparently they will receive their second shots in 4 to 6 weeks and to say it is a relief to at last have some protection against this dreadful epidemic after months of frustration, confusion and worry is a mild understatement, particularly as our foals are arriving now. Our local vets were excellent in chasing and administering the vaccines and for those still waiting I can only suggest stay on the tails of the DPI, make sure they hear you!
November 10, 2007.
'Surprise' (Royalwood Songbird) surprises us again!
Our aptly named 'Surprise' has managed to catch us unawares again, producing a gorgeous (and surprisingly big) bay filly sometime in the early hours of yesterday morning. Not due for another 11 days and with no udder to speak of I casually ventured out to do the morning rounds where I found an additional four very long legs and a pair of big doey eyes starring back at me. Her early entry into the world appears to run in the family, Surprise herself made an early arrival by 10 days, catching Royalwood by surprise (hence her name), she then produce Sabrina (CP High Society) 10 days early, and now another early arrival. Thankfully, Satine (CP Socialite) wasn't in a hurry and at least stayed in utero until her due date.
Perhaps due to the inclement weather Surprise decided to retreat to the comfort of the stable to foal and thankfully both mother and daughter are going great guns. Sienna, or Carlingford Park Sweet Embrance, has a striking large white star and two small hind socks with sweet turned in ears. We will endeavour to post photos after she has time to fill out.