Youngstock Backed! - C.Coalsmudge (Jack) and C.Coalminer ( Flynn) have both recently been backed. Georgia was very excited to beable to have a ride on 3yr old Jack at just his 4th ride under saddle, such is his awesome temperament and attitude. Even managed a few strides of trot!!. While Jack is not overly big, Georgia enjoyed riding him and is really looking forward to producing him under saddle. Jack is due home after Christmas and will be heading to pony club camp for three days in early January. Will hopefully get some photos up soon. Flynn has developed into a nice type and is starting to go well despite his late start.
New Broodmare - we have added the lovely TB mare, Sonic Star (Gidget) to our broodmare team. Gidget is a lovely mare with excellent bloodlines (Centaine) and has previously produced two typey warmblood foals after a brief racing career. Gidget has been classified by the Holstein Assoc scoring well and is currently visiting Coalmans Touch, so fingers crossed for a foal next spring!!
Sold Horse Updates: We love to keep in contact with the horses we have sold on, and are very lucky in that we can thanks to the generousity of their new owners who keep us informed. Of course with the power of the internet now it is easy to follow the careers of horses but it is really special to get regular email updates on a personal level. We wish them all much continued success in their chosen disciplines. The following updates truely prove that these lovely irish horses are very versatile all rounders!!
Coleraine Coaltown - we have been following the eventing career of Rain and Jess over the years and this year they have really been on fire. They have had all top ten finishes at all their intermediate and two star starts this season and are currently on the new Super League points table. Huge congratulations to Jess who is now seeing the much deserved rewards for all her hard work producing Rain to be the star he is!!
Rothery London - and we have heard from Jane that Lundy has been very successfull in the show ring, with some excellent results and a possible trip to the HOY show coming up!!
Croftlea Padraig - more great news has come in from Ray that Paddy is now starting to produce some excellent dressage scores. Ray has carefully produced Paddy slowly due to his huge size, and now is starting to reap the rewards, scoring their first elementary dressage points and getting some excellent percentages. They are now starting to school the higher movements and his power and size are really proving to be an advantage now.
Coleraine Glenryan and Blue being presented the Supreme Irish Sash
Huge success for us at this years Canterbury Horse and Pony Breeders show !! We prepared and showed our lovely two 2yr olds - the colt Ryan
(C. Glenryan) and the gelding Jack (C. Coalsmudge). Both boys were fantastic to prepare and were very well behaved at their first every outing.
We were stunned and absolutely delighted when Ryan swept all before him, winning his 2yr old colt class, taking Champion Irish Youngstock and then standing Supreme Irish. He also won the South Island Champion Irish Title. Needless to say it was all very exciting and we are extremely proud of him.
Our daughter Georgia handled and showed Jack at her (and his) first every inhand show, and you could really see the partnership the two have formed during his preparation, as he was probably the best behaved horse in the section!! His size perhaps let him down, but he still gained third place in his 2yr old gelding class after a faultless workout, and also third place in a large Best Paced Irish Youngstock class.
See more photos of the boys on the our horses page.
Georgia and Jack winning 3rd in Irish 2yr old Gelding:
We are delighted to announce that Elle has sold to a lovely home - Cherie Taylor in Takaka. Elle has settled in well and Cherie is really enjoying her. Cherie is a fan of the irish horses and we are delighted to have been able to sell her Elle.
Elle has been away being schooled by friend Hannah since November. Hannah has been working Elle and introducing her to many new things, including jumping. Hannah has done a fantastic job with Elle and she is working softly and round and has also started jumping small jumps including cross country banks and ditches!! Hannah has now headed off to Massey to train to be a vet and Elle has returned home to us. Georgia and I are now fighting over who is going to ride her!! Hannah bought Elle up to the recent Breeders Show which was Hannahs first inhand showing experience. They got 3rd in a strong Irish Mare 4years and over class and also got a well deserved 4th in the teenage handler class. In this they scored very well, only being a couple of marks behind the winner. Have a look at Elles photo album on the photo gallery page for lots of new photos like the two below of her and Hannah recently.
After a couple of years absence from the Canterbury Horse and Pony Breeders Show, we took along Coleraine Coalfire (Elle) who performed impeccably, winning her three year old Irish Class and going on to take Reserve Champion Irish Youngstock. Elle was a pleasure to prepare and show and was dropped at Kaylene McCormicks on the way home to be backed.
Ryan and Jack were finally weaned (rather late!!) and are now doing very well. They are relishing the balance of hill and flat paddock they are growing up on and are two very sure footed, well balanced, super moving young colts. Ryan also proved that he has the makings of an awesome jumper, as he managed to get out of the cattle yards at weaning over the full height of the yard, leaving Jack inside. We are presuming he jumped as the gate was shut and there is no other way out. This showed real ability as he would only have had a couple of meters run up and it would surely be close to 5 ft high!! Oh the skill and determination of the Irish!!
Well it was with much excitement that we welcomed the safe arrival on December the 10th 2007 of Ryan, our long awaited purebred foal out of Banrion by Coalmans Touch. I spent the night with Banrion watching over her and with our help Ryan arrived in the early hours of the morning. We were also delighted with the safe arrival of yet another Coalmans Touch foal from Noumea - a chestnut colt, Jack. Initially disappointed at the arrival of a chestnut filly (it was very very early morning!!), closer inspection revealed that it was infact a colt and a rather nice one at that!!
Well it was with much excitement that we welcomed the safe arrival on December the 10th 2007 of Ryan, our long awaited purebred foal out of Banrion by Coalmans Touch. I spent the night with Banrion watching over her and with our help Ryan arrived in the early hours of the morning.
We were also delighted with the safe arrival of yet another Coalmans Touch foal from Noumea - a chestnut colt, Jack. Initially disappointed at the arrival of a chestnut filly (it was very very early morning!!), closer inspection revealed that it was infact a colt and a rather nice one at that!!