Roseagle Spring Surprise
Contact: Steve & Elizabeth Tomlinson, Glendonbrook NSW 2330 Australia
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The next six months were spent commencing her educa and like most youngsters she wasn't always easy. We took her along to a number of shows in-hand where she almost always won in the galloway, RP & ASP rings. Our confidence in her was confirmed when at her first show under saddle she won Champion Newcomer Riding Pony at Maitland Show in 2005.
Sara takes up the story of Dotti ....
Roseagle Supring Surprise, or Dorothy as she was christened as a youngster, was purchased from George Howe of Nawarrah Park Stud in Victoria. George had purchased her from Roseagle Stud as a 2 yr old and put her into the paddock to fill out and mature. Green broken then returned to the paddock Dorothy was advertised in Horse Deals in 2004. I had been searching for a suitable galloway for over 12 months and requested a video from George, who along with her sister megan have become close friends, and from this video decided to purchase the little rose grey mare.
On arrival, looking absolutely beautiful we were thrilled with our decision with the only exception being it appeared we had a 'pony' not a galloway.Thankfully the measuring stick proved us wrong, she was in fact a galloway, albeit it just, so we were ready to take on the world!
In Autumn of 2005, after attending a show where a storm hit and turned the day very wet Dotti showed signs of a cough. She was being treated by a vet when weeks later, with no signs of improvement, her imune system totally collapsed and she then endured a serve bout of colic from a reaction to the prescribed cough medicine. Rushed to Newcastle for surgery, which thankfully was adverted at the last minute after she showed slight improvement, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and in a critical condition which saw her spend 10 days at the clinic.
Thankfully she pulled through and proceeded to spend the
remainder of her Newcomer year in the paddock recuperating with
continued intense treatment.
She was put back into work in preparation for the Riding Pony
National in March but as luck would have it she pulled a tendon
sheath in her front fore leg resulting in another eight weeks confined
to her box.
Arriving at the National with only 2 weeks work under her belt she
decided to flip herself in the hose bay the evening prior - to this day
she has the scar across her rump to honour that error. Nonetheless,
on debut in an indoor arena and after dropping her head in her
exerberance she managed to finish third in the NSW State Final.
A misunderstanding on our part of the NSW & National Newcomer
rules saw her miss the National Final that same day.
During that same year HOTY and majority of major competitions had to withdrawn from due to ongoing health concerns and varying complications - it was to to a very frustrating time. Due to her compromised immune system we soon learned Dotti was unable to be shown to often or travelled to far, more than two shows in any one month would see her health regress. To make things that little more challenging Dotti was never a very good eater and consumed even less water when away from home.
With the arrival of 2007 we were attending more regular events, those that didn't involve to much travel or long periods away from home, and Dorothy was really hitting her straps attaining 10 open wins (including broadsashes) in ten consecutively outings.
At Sydney Royal that year, her first Royal Show under saddle, she took out her Novice Galloway event and went on to be sashed Best Novice Galloway, she also placed 3rd in her open,, 2nd in the ladies, 4th in her galloway mare led class and 3rd in her ASP led. She was also called in first in her ridden ASP class before her ultimate fear in life appeared in the shape of a VICEROY!!
A spell after Sydney and she was back in work and heading out to her first show for the season in what was to be 'her year' when the call came to lockdown the property - EI had arrived in NSW!
Sydney Royal Horse Classic was run in 2008 at the last minute and without the benefit of show ring conditioning under their belts horses headed off to compete for the first time in 7 months. Dorothy was called in first off the cirlce in her Open which was again brought undone by her untamble attitude towards harness but managed to place 2nd in the ladies galloway. Later that year she was sashed Top 10 at the SHC HOTY and Top 5 at the Hack & Rider Spectacular.
After a long heartfelt decision it was decided Autumn 2009 would be Dotti's last in the showring as ongoing illness complications were taking their toll. With a new pony in the wings it was time for our girl to become a mum. She was sashed Reserve & Champion Galloway respectively at her last two outings prior to Sydney.
Dotti is now enjoying life in the paddock at home before heading north to Carlingford Park to join the broodmares.
The success of our lovely grey mare has been an enormous team effort - to my dad Don whose expertise, time and effort kept Dorothy alive on more than one occassion. His dedication in ensuring her bloods were done on a monthly basis and ensuring she received whatever she needed. Dad's vigilance in maintaining her ongoing health coupled with the invaluable support by our vets and farrier ensured Dorothy was able to successfully compete for as long as she did.
To my mum, and best friend, Colleen who partnered Dotti at most of her outings after my showring nerves became to much. From her hours spent tending her every need on a day to day basis, to the hours spent discussing our next strategies- thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks also to Lorelle Mercer for her support ensuring our memories are forever fresh in the way of her lovely photos journalling Dotti's career.
And so, in the coming years as we tackle our next proteges' careers we also plan to enjoy many years of Dotti's babies and can't wait to debut her first in 2014!!!
Sara and her beloved Dorothy.
After a late introduction to the show ring at the age of six, and despite further delays due to illness and EI, Dorothy has excelled at the highest level. Consistently taking Champion Galloway, Riding Pony and Aust Saddle Pony broadsashes it was an absolute thrill for her owners, Sara and Collen Robb, when her success really came to fruition with the Best Novice Galloway sash at Sydney Royal in 2007.
A superb moving grandaughter of Rotherwood Footlight (imp), Dotti has since placed regularly at Royal show level and been sashed Top 10 at HOTY level. A consistent force to contend with on the show circuit it is with mixed emotions for her connections that Dorothy joins the mares at stud here at Carlingford Park where she will be joined to Westlake National Anthem in spring 2009.
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