Growing up in Western Queensland I have been involved with horses all my life. Mustering, competing in Campdrafting and Sporting Events and helping my father break in horses for all the neighbouring properties and then taking them for training. As I rode around the paddocks I would dream of owning a Pony Stud… where I got that idea from I have no idea. I also found myself writing to Barolin Stud about their Ponies after seeing their advertisements in the Queensland Country Life.
I bought my first Australian Stud Pony from Robert and Jo Koremans – Rahane Sarah by Belmont Candy with a filly at foot by Fairway Orana named Coochin Dresden. Sarah was a wonderful kids pony teaching so many children to ride as did her foals.
My next purchase in 1981 was the lovely Welsh B mare Rahane Leura by Hever Lyric (imp). Leura was shown successfully and I also enjoyed great success with her foals. Euston Lyric was Supreme Welsh B at the Brisbane Royal as a 3yr. old and was later sold to Darwin. Euston Lisa and Euston Lilting were also shown with great success. Rahane Rebecca also by Hever Lyric (imp) was bought as a yearling and was the most wonderful pony and broodmare. Rebecca won so many championships led and under saddle when we were very much novices at Showing.
My first stallion was the successfully shown Owendale Cravat Welsh B by Croston Cufflink (imp) . Cravat left some lovely ponies, my most successful being Euston Lilting and Euston Expozay now in NZ as well as James Cove Minerva Rose.
In 1998 I purchased my next stallion (Rathowen Parody) as a weanling. He was by the very successful stallion Courtland Boy-Blue (imp UK) from Dalveen Gregory of the Rathowen Stud. “Pax” as he is known was a dream show stallion – Supreme Riding Pony at his first show The Toowoomba Royal as a yearling never beaten at the Brisbane Royal, Champion twice and Supreme once. He is now retired and producing wonderful ponies – led and now ridden. Their successes are too numerous to mention.
Our aim is to produce show Galloways and large ponies with wonderful temperaments. We are only a small stud as its my hobby not a commercial venture. I use Welsh B, T.B. and Riding pony mares.
We are going back into breeding more Section B Welsh Ponies and Partbred Welsh as they are easier for me to handle and break and have that wonderful nature. I am standing my home bred Welsh B colt Euston Popstar by Sianwood Sh-Boom (imp UK) this year.