So long EI horse movement freeze!
The shows are back on and the Manorvale team is off and running.
Our first show after the EI lay-off was Henty A & P in February.
Feeling more than a little rusty, it was decided to have an easy day of it by taking just one horse - our yearling colt, Manorvale Royal Show (Manorvale Finale x Everon Park Tamiel).
On his first outing since the RP Foal Show back in May, a thoroughly excited "Earl" seemed keen to hand out free services to the passing showjumpers, but got his act together in the end to win Champion Led Arabian Derivative.
Two weeks later it was on to our local ag show, the Jerilderie Summer Fair.
A more composed M. Royal Show was champion arabian derivative, champion riding pony and supreme champion led exhibit under 14 hands.
The grand champion led exhibit of the show saw him up against his stablemate, Manorvale Keeper, who had taken out supreme led exhibit over 14 hands.
Victory went to Royal Show, capably shown by David Quayle.
In March the Manorvale team travelled south to the postponed Melbourne Royal Summer Horse Show Under UK judge Jillian Perkins, Manorvale Diamond Diva (Willowcroft Regal Emblem x Creswell Diamond Fantasy) was the winner of the 3yo Riding Pony filly class, Kolbeach Fleur (Fernleigh Fine Print x Helden Park Fantasia) was 3rd in the large height 2yo RP filly and Manorvale Royal Show was second in a quality line-up in the large height 1yo RP colt class.
Diva and Royal Show then backed up in the strongly supported Arabian Riding Pony events on the last day of the show.
Both ponies showed extremely well and were rewarded with the reserve champion mare or filly and stallion or colt, respectively.
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Janelle Salway, of the Wilgo Stud, Bega NSW, sent through this photo of their lovely colt by Manorvale County Royal.
The Salways couldn't be happier with this upstanding bay is out of Bamborough Evita. and have reserved him as future stallion prospect.
Manorvale Royal Show.

Other News ...
Manorvale Diamond Diva
Comings and goings ...
February saw us saying goodbye to Sarah Brown, who departed Manorvale Stables to start a Graphic design course in Albury-Wodonga.
Sarah was with us 12 months and was very much a favourite with our son Tex, who at 22 months old is already a bit of ladies man!
We wish Sarah every success in her studies and look forward to her professional advice on how to make our website much more schmick!
With Sydney Royal just around the corner we are very pleased to welcome Heidi Glass to the Manorvale team.
Heidi hails from Dubbo, NSW, and although her background is very much in showing hacks and ponies she has just returned from 12 months working with cutting horses in Arkansas, USA.
Since her arrival Heidi has already had the fun of backing Manorvale Diamond Diva and tuning up our Riding Pony sire, Manorvale Finale, in preparation for the ridden stallion class at Sydney Royal.
All told we have four exhibits going to Sydney - M. Keeper in the hacks and M. Finale, M. Diamond Diva and M. Royal Show in the Riding Ponies.
It was extremely disappointing to see the RAS has programmed the Riding Pony and Arabian Derivative classes at exactly the same time.
Given the majority of RPs are also registered derivatives there are a lot of exhibitors who will have to miss out on one or the other events.
Despite our requests the RAS have said they will NOT reschedule the classes to avoided clashes AND they are unlikely to refund entry fees for the missed classes.
How nice of the RAS NSW ...
 considering on top of all the normal Royal Show expenses we have spent over $1000 on compulsory vaccinating and microchipping of our entries and now we have to miss classes due to their scheduling!