So, be prepared for a very long blog!
Pictures and video from the stallion parade: They are still to come. I have to still buy them off Kate and then upload them. I have also to do the video...
Gardens: In the last couple of months I have managed to weed some of the vast garden and have been selectively pruning (read: cutting out lots of bushes and trees) to try to tidied the place up a bit. I am thinking of creating an online album and then posting the link to it here of before and after shots rather than cluttering up the stud blog with garden photos :-)
Tackshed: I finally got around to clearing out a shed with stuff that had been in there for 40 odd years. It is now my tack room and I am very proud of it. Its finally somewhere I can keep everything neat and tidy (and yes, it does actually stay neat and tidy!)
Breeding news: We have had an outside mare called Tussock arrive at the stud to be put in foal. She is a lovely mare and has very nice elevated, straight movement that should cross very nicely with Shell Fire. She has been served and is now awaiting a scan which should happen next week.
Here she is gazing across at Shell Fire (who nicely wore a track in the fence line after the heavy rain...)
Speaking of scanning, my partner Dave and his Dad, Malcolm have been building the scanning crush. It was a good excuse for Malcolm to use his 'new-secondhand' tractor. The photos below show the crush as it was 2 weeks ago. It now has its sides and gates on and is just awaiting a latch to be placed on the front gate (so yet another photo to go and get lol!)
Waikato's World Show: I entered Shell Fire in the Sporthorse and Arabian classes for Waikato A&P show that was held on the 31st Oct to 1st Nov.
I knew that he was not really going to place in the sporthorse classes due to his size and also due to his breed. They were mainly to see how he would behave as he is now required to not only breed mares but learn to 'work' as well.
The best day was on Sunday in the Arabian classes, as not only did Shell Fire take out Champion Stallion for the second year running, but he took home the Supreme Purebred Arabian award as well!
I will have to get around to updating the website with his results and photos. Will have to dedicate one night a week to it!
Our next show is Clevedon on the 14th November. Looking forward to this one as it is an A&P show I havent been to before. Shell Fire is entered into the Sporthorse stallion class (just for the hell of it) and then the Arabian stallion class.
Random news: It was a workmate's daughter's BDay today and I took Shell Fire along to be a 'Party Pony' for them. He was very well behaved and thought the clown Mica was most amusing.
Here are some photos of the day:
Lets see if I can try to keep this thing more updated!