Sunday, November 8, 2009

So much to update and so little time...

Yes I know, I promised to keep this blog updated.... time just seems to get away from me!

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!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Stallion Parade

The day dawned a bit overcast and as I struggled to get myself out of bed at 5:30am, I was relieved that I had packed up the float and set up the the day before as all I had to worry about was catching Shell Fire and loading him into the float.

By 6:30am I was on the road. It took me an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge. It also took me the best part of an hour to finish getting the area set up! Big thanks goes to Narelle for plaiting Shell Fire's mane and tail. Narelle did a fantastic job (and yes Narelle, the plaits were hard to get out!).

Here are some photos that I took of the display I had around the stable.

I will hopefully get around to editing and uploading the video taken from the parade over the next couple of nights.

Kate Peddie again took some wonderful photos. I will be using those as well once I get hold of them :-)

Next mission is re-backing Shell Fire and starting to get him ready for his career under saddle.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Only 4 days to go!!

Not long now till the stallion parade and I have been flat out getting a basic website up and running as well as organising business cards.

Thanks to Kate from Geegee Photography I have some lovely photos of both of the horses. I have used three of Shell Fire for the stallion parade poster. Just spent the last 5 hours creating it.
It's very basic. The longest part is cutting out the images and organising the poster.

Here it is. Probably best to click on it to open it in another window to read it properly!

I have yet to organise getting this printed.... and I have my flyers to design and print out too!!

I have the basic set up for my 'Arabian Tent' theme organised. Just have to spend the Saturday down there setting it up.

Anyhow, I must go to bed. Need sleep!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Another week gone by...

Yet another week has flown on by. Feels like I have hardly been able to get anything done with the horses as we are still unpacking the last of the boxes from moving.

I have managed to work both the horses this week about three times each which isnt too bad all things considered.

The house is almost finished. Still have a few boxes to go, but I am running out of room. I have yet to also set up my tack shed properly. It is all just dumped in various piles at present in the garage!

During the light rain that happened today, I did manage to take some photos.

This is the view from out lounge area:

These are just some of the massive gardens that we have around the house area. Last picture is of the Vegetable garden.

Our passionfruit vine and mint garden (yes the mint has taken over!):

The other side of the house and the gardens and pond leading down to the driveway:

And looking back up to the house halfway along the path:

And back down the path to the driveway, and then looking right to the (disgusting) pond):

The path from the driveway looking back up to the house:

Looking down the driveway to the road:

Looking up the driveway:

The ponies in the rain (had to include one of them!):

I am hoping that I can get my website finished this week and get all the bits and pieces done for the Stallion Parade on the weekend... Its going to be a stupidly busy week methinks...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Finally we have internet and I am able to start afresh with a new blog that I am determined to keep up to date with the goings on at SG Stud.

We moved into our house and 10acres over the weekend - unfortunately it was raining so I didnt want to risk getting my camera wet so no pictures sorry!

The move in went pretty smoothly. Got most of the furniture into the house and all the appliances set up. Just a few more boxes left for this weekends mission. Its mostly bits and pieces that were stored in our garage at the last house in town.

I am still finding it hard to believe that after all this time I finally am able to wake up and have my horses right outside. I can come home and spend every tiny bit of daylight out and about with them.

The horses moved very well. I was a little concerned putting Shell Fire and Ishtar onto the float together, but Shell Fire was a complete gentleman even though I am pretty darn sure that Ishtar is coming into season. I am glad that I did have Shell Fire on the float as Ishtar took a while to load. Just her cautious nature :-)

I am now thinking of how to strip graze their paddocks as Shell Fire has had free rein and is getting rather rotund... Not a good look for the stallion parade coming up!

I worked him for the first time since last season tonight. He is needing the work both mentally and physically. I too am all set to get up early and head to the gym. Need to loose 10kg myself. Figure if I am making my pony fit and loose weight, I really should too. Only fair!

So here it is, first blog. I am hoping to get out and about and take some photos this weekend of the place.