All my childhood years were surrounded by the show scene. On leaving school in 1975 my first job was as a strapper and track work rider for David Campbell, one of the kindest gentlemen in the horse industry. He is a genuine human being and a talented horseman and artist and is also a very dear family friend.
Over the years and through many different disciplines in the horse industry I was fortunate, like many people, to have a few very special experiences with some wonderfully talented horses.
In 1978 I trained and showed an Arabian stallion "Santarabia Ronava". Every week-end we were off to the shows up and down the East coast, including every Sydney Royal and National for 10 years. We also did promotional work for Calton Breweries, as "Santarabia Ronava" better known as "Chookie", was a beer guzzler. Calton United Breweries sponsored us to make appearances at major events.
A few years had passed and a friend told me about some thoroughbred foals that had been bred at the University of Sydney and were being sold off as weanlings and suggested I go and have a look. There, standing under a tree on his own I spotted this little black colt, the asking price was $300.00 - SOLD! He wasn’t fashionably bred, being by Nero Prince, a winner of 9 races 6 in succession out of an unraced mare. I named him "King of Cavaliero" and what a lovely stallion he was. He won 9 races, had 23 second places and 6 thirds, as a 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old. At 3 years old I had him classified as an Australian Stock Horse. The trainer was having a fit as "King of Cavaliero" was in full work and hadn't had a stock saddle on him since he was 16 months old and being broken-in.
Well, It was any ones guess how he was going to perform under saddle for the classifiers at Dural. I had to explain my situation as my stallion had won at Rosehill the week before with Malcom Johnson, with a near perfect score. This colt was destined for the show ring after a successful race career. The following week "King of Cavaliero" was the first Australian Stock Horse to win at Royal Randwick. He went on to win many Champion Stock Horse classes then he was sold. He was one of the top dressage horses in South East Queensland.
On moving out of the rat race of Sydney, Australia, my husband and I purchased a run down farm in Central West New South Wales. We were building, fencing, working in 43 degrees heat to get this farm up and running in one of the worst droughts in history and it was during this that we started our breeding programmes with White Suffolk Sheep and Angus Cattle.
Being out of the horse industry for over a decade, my love and passion was never far away, but I wanted to do something different, or to make a difference, so I decided it was time to make a comeback. Reading the Farmer’s Bible (The Land newspaper), I spotted a tiny advertisement of the most stunning thoroughbred stallion I had ever seen. He was the newly Imported Frame Overo Stud Book Thoroughbred Stallion ‘Profile In Style (USA)’ Sire: Ellusive Quest - Sonny's Solo Halo (unraced by Halo) Halo 31-9-8-5 $US259,883.
Halo sired Sonny's Halo 20-9-3-2 $US1,247,791, More Than Ready and Sunday Silence 14-9-5-0, the winner of the Peakness and Kentucky Derby and $4,968,554 Sunday Silence, the Grand Sire of the 2006 Melbourne Cup winner, Delta Blue (JPN). More Than Ready sire of 2009 G1 Golden Slipper Phelan Ready $3.2 million and 2008 G1 Golden Slipper winner Seabring $2.5 million. Sonny's Solo Halo out of Softly $US112,568 who produced 100% winners to runners. Rock Softly $US346,925 and Afleet Fatale $US88,863. Sonny's Solo Halo sired Halo Passer who won the Apple Valley Sprint Championships, City of Spokane Handicap, Inland Empire Speed Handicap and $US116,196; and Pieceoftherainbow $US67,739.
Ellusive Quest's racing career was cut short due to the untimely death of his brother Racey Remarque. He subsequently had to fill his big brothers shoes in the breeding barn. Ellusive Quest ran fourth in his only career start,and was the first out of 27 racehorses in an official time trial at Turf Paradise. Dam: Dance Dub L - Shantariat - (unraced, by Secretariat.) Secretariat 21-16-3-1 $US1,316,909. Out of Dance Spot $US47,925 by Dancebel $US200,600. Dancespot is a full sister to Living Dream $US147,000.
I needed to travel to Winning Colours Farm to view this unusually coloured thoroughbred in the flesh. As we pulled up we spotted this magnificent bay stallion playing in the paddock with a towel, throwing it up in the air and waving it as if to greet us. I was so taken by the quality, presence and temperament he displayed with lovely soft blue eyes and thought ‘this is it’. I just had to book in my mare immediately.
This mare is Scent From Heaven by Puissance (GB) 3 wins-1 at 2-at 6f, Curragh Greenlands S., Gr.3. Sire of 313 rnrs, 167 wnrs, inc. SW Mind Games (Sandown Temple S., Gr.2), Rosselli, SP Online Investor, etc. Sire of the dams of SW Sara's Choice, Golden Pivotal, SP We'll Confer, Feelin Foxy, Josh and of Sudden Impact, Amber Glory, Cruskit, Bold Red, Elanje, Annette's Pumpkin, Jaw Dropper, Player Run,Guissepino, Kudeta, Chaski, Sudden Dismissal, Antigen, Posh Touch, etc).
So off she went to stud and the following year produced a beautiful bay filly (Milly) (photo right) with this big white face, DNA results returned ‘Frame Overo’.
Milly has been broken in and we believe that after a racing career these lovely well-conformed horses should have a great career in competition, so she was sent to our very own Australian Olympic rider Shane Rose to have the best possible start in life.
The following year I received another mare, Natural Lover by Naturalism (NZ) an outstanding performer; won 12 races and $3,280,626 inc. AJC Derby Gr 1, STC Rosehill Guineas Gr 1, VATC Caulfield S. 2d Tokyo Japan Cup Gr 1: sire of the winners of over $11.3 million. inc. SW's Natural Destiny, Johnny Reb, True Blonde and SP Nautilism, Roralism, Nature Is My Name, Natch, Trips, Tordean, Natural Winner, Royal Integrity, Come To Order: also Catechism, Naturalised,Thirio, Narellan, Zamarin, Cupro, Winning Talk, Fresenius, etc.
Dam: EN VACANCE (NZ),placed at 2. Dam of 5 foals, 3 to race, all winners, inc. Nature's Hideaway. 2 wins at 1200m, Mildura RC Maiden P.e. Kyra June. Winner at 1100m, Queenbeyan RC F and M Maiden H, 3rd Goulburn DRC CI1 H. Vercingetorix. Winner at 800m.
This mare hadn’t raced but had produced 2 foals; Queen Willow, a race winner and the other a striking true black colt who went on to do showing and eventing. I sent her to Profile In Style and once again bred a Frame Overo filly, Shinae (photo left), is a stunning chestnut filly with a flaxen mane and tail and even more colour than my first baby Profile.
These 2 fillies are the only Frame Overo Stud Book Thoroughbred Fillies born in the Southern Hemisphere to date.
I was given a beautiful old grey mare, Bid Strong (USA) she is the only mare to be imported to Australia her sire is Spectacular Bid (USA) 30 starts. 26 wins.2 seconds and 1 third, prize money $2,781,608, establishing or equaling 8 track records 1978 Pimlico record, 5 1/2 furlongs, 1:41.2 (tied). 1978 Laurel record, 8 1/2 furlongs, 1:41.6. 1979 Dalaware Park record, 8 1/2 furlongs, 1:41.6. 1979 Meadowlands record, 10 furlongs, 2:01.2. 1980 Santa Anita record, 7 furlongs, 1:20. 1980 American record, any track, 10 furlongs, Santa Anita, 1:57.8 (still stands) 1980 Hollywood Park record, 9 furlongs, 1:45.8. Arlington Park, 9 furlongs, 1:46.2. Eclipse Awards: 1978 Champion 2 year old Colt. 1979 Champion 3 year old Colt; 1980 Horse of the Year and 1980 Champion Older Horse.
Bid Strong is a race winner herself with 2 wins. She is the dam of 8 named foals, 6 raced, 4 winners, inc: Hurricane Flyer - Jackson (Mac) (by Hurricane Sky), 3 wins, 1300 to 1500m in Australia and Macau, 3d 3rd VATC Blue Diamond Preview (Colts & geldings), Gr. 3. Newtown Magic (colt by Scenic (Ire)). 5 wins 1900 to 2100m, WATC Mudlark H. Tomito H. Harry Rayner H, 2nd WATC Arizona Jack H.Sky Bid (filly by Hurricane Sky). 3 wins 1200 to 1400m.
Bid Strong is such an elegant mare but unfortunately was riddled with cancer and could not go into foal, so she is now ‘The Nanny’ to our foals.
I hunted high and low for one of her daughters and found out that the owner had recently passed away and the son was sending mares to William Inglis Sales. I purchased her sight unseen. Her name is Double Down, her sire is Night Shift (USA) Winner at 6f. Sire of 84 SW, inc. Azamour (Newbury King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond S, Gr.1), In the Groove, etc Sire of dams of SW Daryakana, Sommus,Battle of Hastings, City of Lights, Passified,Always Hopeful, Darmsar, Etlaala, Devious Boy, Northern Quest, Elnawin, Rarefied, Age of Chivalry, Dress Rehersal, Etoile Nocturne, Champion Place, Dandy Man, Garnica, Falaise, etc.
A race winner herself and her two offspring, Triple Down (g by Hurricane Sky) Winner of 2 races, 6 2nds, 3 3rds. (still in training) and Foreclosure (g b Foreplay) winner of 4 races, two 2nds, one 3rd.(still in training).
Double Down has the same sweet disposition as her dam and is every bit as elegant. We sent her directly to Profile In Style (USA) and on the 6th October at 1 o’clock in the morning in the pouring rain I watched what I thought could not have been possible, this long legged foal arrived with all the chrome only my dreams had ever imagined.
This is our Hat Trick (photo left)
A stunning loud Frame Overo colt. His DNA results are as followed nO EE Aa Gg which makes him the 3rd Frame Overo Stud Book Thoroughbred in the World that is Homozygous for the Black Factor.
He is the ONLY GREY Frame Overo Stud Book Thoroughbred in the World that is Homozygous for the Black Factor.
Hopefully I will race the 2 fillies then they will have a future in showing and/or eventing.
Hat Trick will be sold through the William Inglis Sales as a yearling if not sold beforehand.
Our paddocks are our ‘Field of Dreams’
Believe in it… Anything is possible.
Hoofnote: We are awaiting on our new arrival by Glacial Gold (USA) Cremello Stud Book Thoroughbred.
Émigré by Peintre Celebre will possibly produce the 2nd Palomino Thorughbred born in the Southern Hemisphere and possibly the tallest Palomino in the world. Émigré stands at 17.1hh and her last 2 foals were well over 16hh before their second birthday.
With all the colours of the rainbow that will be entering our farm over the next few years we thought it appropriate to call ourselves
‘BRIGHT COLOURS FARM’