Southwind Dinky’s sire, Southwind Gerabaldi (registered Shire stallion) Dreams can come true – evidence of this I see every day when I look out the window at Southwind Dinky.
I was fortunate to be born into a horsey family, having always had a passion for horses in my heart.
Horses were always there, a constant feature of my life; from sitting on my first pony on the lead rein as a two year old, to today.
I started light harness driving in 1997 with a retired hackney followed by our wee Welsh pony.
I always wanted more power and believed it would be found in a draught horse.
In those days I only thought along the lines of Clydesdales, knowing nothing about Shires.
Marriage to a Dutch Dairy farmer came along and a daughter followed soon after.
Cees and I both enjoyed playing around with our horses and my Welsh harness pony was borrowed by our then four year old daughter who gave him a successful career as a saddle show pony.
Fortunately Cees inherited his father’s love of horse.
His father bred Welsh ponies in the Netherlands and Cees kept horses himself on his own farm before immigrating to New Zealand.
While visiting with family in the South Island of New Zealand we arranged a stud visit with Bonnie and Gloria Smith of Southwind Stud.
We were not shopping, simply admiring the lovely horses.
Of course I fell in love with a Clydesdale colt and noticed a very nice big bay yearling filly with the amusing name of Southwind Dinky, so named because she was such a tiny foal.
Both horses stayed in my mind long after we went home.
I was not in a position to take either horse as my husband was a corporate dairy unit manager, overseeing the twice daily milking of 1,100 cows, and our contract only allowed three horses.
So I went home and thought about the colt for three months until Cees could stand it no more and stated either sell a horse and buy the colt or forget about him.
So I sold a horse and Southwind TK Bedford came to live with us.
A roan Clydesdale of Australian Narioka and NZ Donnybrook lines he really confirmed for us that these heavies were the bred for us.
A short while later not content with just one monster horse, Southwind Dinky was to join our herd.
I will never forget the moment the horse transporter arrived and let down the ramp.
Dinky simply stood still; looked around surveying her new kingdom and refused to move until she was ready.
She has proven herself to be a lovely horse, a delight to handle. www.shirehorse.com.au 8 SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC.
STALLION WALKER NEWSLETTER – EDITION 15 In November 2008 Dinky and I attended a week long handling course by New Zealand horseman Ken Dromgool.
Dinky was by far the largest and youngest horse there but we both learnt so much and she made me so proud.
I will never forget having a 17hh draught trotting happily in 12’ circles; her size no restriction to any of the activities.
Dinky’s Sire Southwind Gerabaldi has passed his lovely nature; he still runs with his mares and foals.
Gerabaldi has the most stunning mane I have ever seen, long and wavy.
Dinky’s dam Southwind Dottie is the friendliest horse, constantly trying to hop in your pocket and seeking cuddles.
Showing opportunities are limited in NZ but Dinky took Champion Shire at her only in hand outing on the South Island.
When the Grand Parade came around all the heavy horses took their place immediately behind the Highland Pipe Band as is traditional in NZ.
Well! A three year old Shire filly from the back of Southland had never seen or heard such a noise as a pipe band and along with all the draughts went nuts.
Dinky did us proud by settling quickly and completing her lap of honour.
We decided in November to move to Australia and of course Dinky and the Welshman came too.
They arrived in March 2009 by boat, an experience Dinky and I would prefer not to experience again.
We had Dinky trained to saddle and in 2010 she will be professionally trained to harness.
It is my goal to compete with her under saddle in heavy horse classes as well as dressage – I just haven’t told her yet! Long term we hope she will leave us a few foals for our own use and pleasure.
We hope her legacy to us will be an ongoing relationship with heavy horses, the fun we can have with them and the people and places she will take us. NEW SHIRE BLOOD IN AUSTRALIA Article by Sue Bailey Stonemoor Silver Lady, dam of Ddrydwy Bombers Beauty www.shirehorse.com.au 9 SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC.
STALLION WALKER NEWSLETTER – EDITION 15 England has lost a former great show mare to Australia.
In October the well credentialed grey mare Stonemoor Silver Lady was imported to Australia by Sue and Chris Bailey of the Shires of Luscombe Stud in South East Queensland, Australia; www.shiresofluscombe.com After keeping an eye on shires in England for the past seventeen years we decided it was time to import some new bloodlines for our stud.
This was partly due to us losing our two imported English mares, Middlecott Victoria and Aldreth Lady Jane due to age.
Our Australian born shire mares Cedars Annabella and Cedars Natasha are also reaching old age.
Annabella is 23 and has produced many superb foals; she is the dam of Luscombe Nodram who at 6 years old stands over 20.1 hands.
He is the World’s tallest horse. “Noddy” is owned by Jane Greenman.
Cedars Natasha has just foaled presenting us with a wonderful filly, and what could be her last foal; she is 19.
We were looking for suitable horses even before we had made up our minds on when we would import some horses.
In the past 12 months, during our search for horses we came across some great mares and fillies and their owners and sellers were very helpful.
Unfortunately we could not bring them all over.
With a bit of local knowledge we discovered that Em Williams in Wales, Ddrydwy Shire stud, had Stonemoor Silver Lady, a grey mare in foal which he would consider selling.
She proved to be exactly what we were after and we bought her.
Lady has had an illustrious show career in England.
She was shown extensively by Matthew Burks during her early years before being sold in 2007 to Em Williams to start her breeding career.
She has won many championships under Matthew’s hand and was a qualifier for Horse of the Year in 2001.
She was awarded Champion Best Shod and Best Footed Shire at the National Shire Horse Show at Peterborough in 2005 among other titles and has placed at Peterborough and other shows throughout her life.
We purchased Lady in foal and in June she produced for us a fantastic filly sired by the magnificent stallion Ruskington Bomber.
The filly foal was subsequently aptly named Ddrydwy Bombers Beauty.
After obviously passing her veterinary examination for purchase, the preparations for the export of Lady and Beauty then began with the first course of injections required prior to exportation.
We thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up on trying and get Lady in foal before she left England.
We have had our eye on the Premium Black Shire stallion Ddrydwy Drayhorse Ace of Spades for the past few years; he produces nice foals and has a fantastic temperament.
He is owned by the Drayhorse Stud of Gavin and Nara Stevens of Kent.
The timing of this was planned to coincide with the Australian breeding season and horse’s birthday in Australia of August 1.
She went in foal and we then were presented with a whole new set of importation regulations.
The result of which was our farm being approved as a quarantine station for pregnant mares.
IRT were engaged to fly the mare and young foal to Australia and they arranged quarantine in the UK and transportation to quarantine and then to airport for the flight.
They placed the horses in www.shirehorse.com.au
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