15 February 2015 -
All of the main Australian riders for the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016 will this year be getting their house in order and consciously building credibility with selection next year in mind. This is a fascinating process to watch and often occurs right under everyone’s noses but nobody sees it!...
Dates released for 2015 Auction of the Stars...
Monday morning at 2am on 30th May Boyd and Silva Martin's barn which housed some 11 horses burned to the ground. Boyd and Silva are based in the USA in Pennsylvania where they relocated to from Australia some 3 years ago. The barn that burned down belongs to another ex-Australian, Phillip Dutton, from whom Boyd leases these facilities. Living in the flat immediately above the barn is yet another Australian in Ryan Woods...
Bill Roycroft was a larger than life Crocodile Dundee. He fought for Australia in World War II, he returned home to become a dairy farmer in Western Victoria. Bill and his wife Mavis were great polocrosse players before becoming immersed in the world of three-day eventing. Bill was 45 years of age when he went to his first Olympics in Rome in 1960 where he broke his collar bone on the cross-country, re-mounted and finished the cross-country course before being rushed to hospital. Signed himself out the next day against doctors orders to ride a faultless show-jumping round and so secure an Olympic Team Gold Medal for Australia. Bill went on to compete in another 4 Olympics. All three sons Wayne, Barry and Clarke also rode for Australia at the Olympics. Bill was a brilliant story teller, had a laconic bush humour and was a natural innate horseman. Bill embraced everything that makes up an Australian legend. it was my great honour to have known him...
Well Sydney CDI 2011 was probably a show Heath would rather forget!
Firstly let me clarify the reason behind Heath and Regardez Moi's score of 59.2% in the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday night. We have received numerous emails and phone calls saying "the judges got it wrong!", well in fact in this instance even Heath will agree that the judges essentially got it right. I will insert a quote now directly from a reply Heath wrote to one of those emails. "I am still recovering from depression from last night but what you don’t realise is that it was all self-inflicted. In the freestyle there are a certain number of movements you just have to incorporate and that includes canter pirouettes both to the right and to the left. Regardez Moi is really good at pirouettes when behaving and I always do double pirouettes which are considered very difficult. Well last night I did a pretty good double pirouette to the right but completely forgot any pirouettes to the left. It doesn’t matter how much the judges liked me they had to give me a zero for that movement. That equates into a disaster of a score. Mind you it wasn’t my greatest test anyway but I do only have myself to blame. That really hurts."...
The following is the venture outlined in principle:
- One of the primary considerations for this Broodmare Business Venture is to network people of like minds and exchange top of the range bloodstock which will respond to passion and as a result contribute to the Australian coalface and future in the Olympic disciplines.
- I recognise that no matter how wonderful these horses are which I have developed over the last 25 years they are nothing more than farm animals unless I can find passionate partners for these individuals. Only then do these spectacular horses have something to offer Australia...
This year our annual Sydney “Auction of the Stars” is being held at the very beautiful and exclusive Sydney Polo Club which is located at Richmond, just some 50 odd minutes from Sydney Mascot airport. This year the auction is made up of 3 spectacular broodmares, 23 bred in the blue unbroken youngsters and 7 riding horses ranging from FEI schoolmasters to "on fire" young competition horses winning everything before them.
At the recent Australian National Dressage Championships Regardez Moi (with Heath in the saddle) won all four of the top classes (Inter 2, Grand Prix, Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand prix Special) to once again take the title of Australian National Grand Prix Champion for 2010/2011. Click here to check out The Horse Magazine's latest creation commemorating this great acheivement.
Rosa Cha W (Sire: Regardez Moi, Dam: Yasmin - Richmeed Medallion) is currently enjoying great success; winning her last start with 70.8%. Rosa Cha W is based with Boyd and Silva Martin and is trained and competed by Silva Martin. Silva sent the following comments about Rosa Cha W: "She is a little star over here. I love her. You guys should be very proud of your breeding!!" We wish Silva and Rosa Cha W a long and exciting future.
The Ryans Breeding Package offers the purchaser one service each year to any of the stallions owned / promoted by Ryans. The package continues for 4 years; up to and including the 2013/2014 season. Currently the list of available stallions includes Jive Magic (imp), Regardez Moi (imp), Fiji R (imp), Starnberg (imp), Promise R and Acid Jazz. There are solid plans for an addition to this list - right now the Ryans are searching Europe for another worldclass stallion!
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