Tuesday 28 May 2019

Sunday 24 March 2019

Am feeling sad and frustrated ...

as more and more studs close. It is gutting to see the continuing decline in purpose bred performance horse breeding programs in this country. Many buyers just don’t realise the true value of these progeny compared with others that are NOT bred for equestrian sports. 

You can always buy cheaper horses but are they going to end up being cheaper to keep and maintain? Are they going to fulfill your dreams and aspirations?

So, if you want to represent Australia, are you prepared to live overseas (away from friends and family)? change your nationality so that you can afford to ride with owners and sponsors? Because very soon, we won’t have the quality of horses that are good enough to be competitive on the world stage in equestrian disciplines.

Breeders put their heart and soul into their mission and sacrifice many ‘normal’ things like holidays, designer clothes, flash cars, health and beauty treatments, etc etc because it is actually NOT profitable to breed horses on an ongoing basis.

It is also physically demanding and emotionally tortuous as there are tough decisions to make every year with euthanising or trying to fix the injured or imperfect, but we do it because we want to make a difference, create a legacy and we believe we can improve the quality and standard of horses in Australia, so that riders can compete more successfully and represent Australia at international level.

There are no Olympic medals, accolades or awards for breeders of these horses, it is a project of passion rather commercial gain but with very little recognition or appreciation. Good luck to aspiring riders in the future because once all of mine are sold, I doubt if I’ll be breeding anymore again.

Tuesday 21 March 2017

We're back in business

Stage 1 one of the new property is nearly complete. It has involved countless hours of ramming and painting over a thousand fence posts; installing over 9kms kilometres of Horserail fencing; hanging over 120 gates; contracting hundreds of hours of earthmoving; shifting 1500 tonne of gravel and sand; installing 29 water troughs and relocating five buildings just as a start. My apologies for being a little distracted with all of this and not always communicating effectively.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Saturday 24 October 2015

A sad farewell to my property

So it's official and I'm finally getting a minute to let people know that I am relocating the entire property. Due to very tight timeframes, please excuse my lack of communication in the meantime. This video is to say 'Thank you' to all of you who have been part of the journey.

Finally, a moment to share what actually happened.

Saturday 3 October 2015

Vale ESB Irish Nimbus

He had many roles and became such a wonderful friend to so many people and will be greatly missed. Thank you buddy for your help, loyalty, reliability and companionship. I hope you RIP and will be forever grazing the 'long acre' oxo

Tuesday 2 June 2015

We are excited and proud to be the official sponsors of the new ESB Young Event Horse Challenge event at Melbourne International Three Day Event this weekend, because it encourages objective selection of the traits required for international quality eventer horses, regardless of colour, markings and fashionable bloodlines. Good luck everyone!

Sunday 24 May 2015

Truck junior update

She finally gets some signwriting!

Now to get back in the saddle and on the road :)

Monday 4 May 2015

Sorry, but we'll ...

... just have to keep you guessing for a bit longer :)

To celebrate our next chapter

ESB has become the official sponsor of the Melbourne International 3de
Young Event Horse Challenge for 4,5 and 6 year olds

Major announcement

We're in the groove and on the move!
Details coming soon :)

Thursday 23 April 2015

How time flies ...

... where does time go? Life is so crazy that trying to keep up with a regular blog is very obviously too hard! So, after another successful foaling season and seven more lovely ESB babies, I turned my attention back to competing. I was still struggling to get my Troopie (Landcruiser) sorted so that I had a proper towing vehicle. The local 4x4 business had taken it in August to replace the engine and I had paid them $6,000 but it still wasn't fixed. After much grief in trying to find a solution I have unfortunately had to place the matter with my solicitor.

In the meantime, I purchased 'Bessie' (now known as Truck Junior or TJ) and decided to restore her so that I could get the horses back on the road. Little did I know what I was taking on! Even with the help of true and trusted friends, it has taken me over two and a half months, working full time on her to bring her up to speed.

Here is the result:

Monday 20 October 2014

New ESB babies

ESB Golden Bonnie - a lovely view from my kitchen window :)

ESB Golden Ayr

Sunday 12 October 2014

ESB Irish Nimbus hiding after being found guilty of breaking into the feed area and demolishing what he could as well as tipping over a bucket of molasses.

Words cannot express what it means to have the old man home again. ESB Irish Endeavour has rallied after his illness and seems to be comfortable again. Thank you all so much for sending in your best wishes, it really helped!