David Ricketts

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2021 Half Year Recap

The first half of the year has been very busy with a mixer of showing and volunteering.

First event for the year was Tenterfield Show, massive Australian Stock Horse Numbers, which was wonderful to see as the Australian Stock Horse Society celebrates 50 years. Stanric Remittance at his first Ag Show (and 2nd show ever) was 4th in 3yr gelding hack, 1st in 3yr gelding working and the highlight 2nd in the open challenge @ only 3yrs of age. Super happy with Stanric Remittance, he is a delight to show, with his cool and calm attitude shows. Koora-Lyn Lady Light won her led class and was champion resulting in a birth in the Supreme led, where her and the eventual winner were the only two horses to work out twice.

Next event for was on the volunteering front with the Far North Coast (NSW) Branch Youth Camp, fantastic weekend with 64 youth accessing an awesome array of instructors. Stanric Remittance had a chance to participate as a fill in for a young lady. First time he had been ridden by a child, he didn’t disappoint.

Next event showing for the year was the Show Horse Council Grand Nationals in March. This is an amazing show and I would encourage everyone to put it on their bucket list. Koora-Lyn Lady Light was Top 10 in the lead rein, a great effort after not an ideal prep with floods (x3) and plagues of midges! Expertly ridden by Chloe Blair and led by Nicola Grubisa. This was the last event had with Lady as she has now moved to Victoria, where another young lady is enjoying her.

Next Show was the Australian Stock Horse Nationals in April, always favourite for the year. This year three horses were taken, Stanric Virtuoso, Glen Lee Rivoli Denby and Starwaltz Judgement.  Stanric Virtuoso HSH 2yr colt was his first show, taking home some ribbons in hack and pleasure hack. Glen Lee Rivoli Denby HSH at ASH also her first show and was happy with some ribbons in hack and working with her. It was great meeting Danielle at the Nationals and having her support and videoing. Thank you.

May was the Far North Coast (NSW) Branch Challenge Show. With volunteering hat back on and the support of a very hard working committee, the Branch was able to run a full program of Futurities, Maturities, Super Horse, Junior and Open Hack Challenge, Youth Challenges, Dressage and two round Open Campdraft, plus run an awesome dinner. Huge weekend with enormous nominations, very proud of the Branch and their successes.

June saw a trip to the Gloucester Australian Stock Horse Branch Youth Camp, where our son Archie participate on Cool Design and I instructed for a day. Great weekend I would highly recommend participating in these Australian Stock Horse run events, great people, very knowable and generous in passing their skills to the youth. Stanric Remittance again stepped up as a fill in horse for a young lady whose horse was lame. The young lady came away from the weekend with an award.

Two rounded out the first half of year, I had the enjoyment of attending the West Moreton Branch Show. Stanric Virtuoso won the 2yr working and 3rd in utility 3rd overall in the 2yr Futurity. Stanric Remittance 3rd in Working and 5th in cattle, which put him 3rd overall in 3yr Futurity. Both had places in the Junior hack in the led. Starwaltz Judgement was second in the working of the open horse challenge.


I would like to take the opportunity to thank Hyfeed for their support over the course of the year. They offer great feed products keeping horses in great condition without heating them up.  

Photos thanks to Flash Pony and Clair Wright