ALL THE LATEST BABY NEWS ...
Beauparc Serenade foaled an adorable filly by Manorvale Finale on November 3.
Just as dainty as can be, she has been named Manorvale Swan Song or Dot at home.
Dot is Manorvale's third and last foal for the season and what a super group of youngsters they are.
We couldn't be more thrilled with them.
They say good galloways are impossible to find but it looks like we have two of them on the ground this season!
Manorvale Royal Show's first offspring, Manorvale Blue and Royal (out of Helden Park Fantasia) is growing up into the most superb galloway prospect.
With his extravagant movement and correctness Willy could easily be stallion material.
Manorvale County Royal's filly out of Kolbeach Questions is also looking likely to mature galloway height.
Manorvale Royal Request (aka Lucy) is very refined with her father's movement and super turn of front.
Other foaling news for our clients is just as exciting.
Libbi Greshner has four super County Royal foals, all showing super pretty heads and long fronts.
Debbie Thies from Double TT Stud has a ripping colt by County Royal out of the very successful show mare Double TT The Dream.
Sophie Scott has had a very exciting season, with an embryo transfer filly by Manorvale Finale out her super show hunter pony Morningside Daybreak and a frozen semen filly out of that mare by Rotherwood Peter Pan (UK).
Down in Tasmania Chiemene and Claire Deavin have a lovely County Royal daughter out of Pop's Cheer.
Jo Parry in NSW has sent news of a frozen AI colt by Lemonshill Top Note.
We look forward to posting photos of these new arrivals on the website soon.
COUNTY ROYAL RETURNS TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE
Yes it's true!
After almost nine years in retirement Manorvale County Royal has made a comeback to competition.
Despite being 15 years old, Mappa was looking a picture this season.
When a visitor commented how they had never seen him and had not realised how beautiful he was in the flesh, the idea of getting him out in public again was sown.
Manorvale's longtime show rider, Tim Hadlow, had been lobbying for a County Royal comeback for years.
As a little boy Tim often had riding lessons on Mappa but was too young to ride him in the showring.
When the entries for the 2009 National Arab Show were extended I asked Tim if he would be be available to take the ride there.
"Are you kidding? Of course I will!" was the answer.
The test run for before the Nationals was the Echuca Ag on November 7 - Mappa's first show since the 2001 Sydney Royal!
From the minute he was plaited up the night before the old boy knew exactly what was going on.
At the showgrounds he stood like a lamb, tied up along the other saddle horses we had taken.
In the official Riding Pony qualifying ring Mappa stood reserve champion senior led show pony to the lovely Royalwood Song of Spring, and then went on to be judge reserve champion ridden show pony!
Two weeks later it was on to the Arab Nationals in Sydney, where at last Tim got his chance to ride Mappa in competition.
The pair looked and worked a treat, winning the ridden Arabian Riding Pony stallion over a field that included the highly decorated Willowcroft Regal Emblem (sire of our Diamond Diva).
Another highlight was placing 3rd in the prestigious Baskhan Trophy for ridden stallions and geldings.
Thanks must also go to Georgie Wadsworth, who rode Mappa so beautifully in Thursday night's Jess Greenhalgh Challenge.
He certainly seemed to enjoy every minute in the spotlight - intently watching every other horse work out in his classes!