This last eighteen months have been so challenging because of the dry seasonal conditions despite a large reduction in numbers for broodmares and youngstock. Apart from the need to supplement feed due to depleted pastures, availability of water has been a real problem over the last 5 months and we have been carting water as well for many of our horses and ponies. Bell Boy has returned from Boronia Stud at West Wyalong and is reluctantly now offered for sale. Both Dresden and Symphony were joined to him before being sold on with their lovely Rumour foals. There are only five Windsong broodmares remaining in the stud and one pony mare ‘Rhapsody’, joined to Whitmere Royal Rumour while the pony broodmare Sequin with her sweet Rumour colt and rejoined to Rumour is for sale. The young pony mare, K. Odyssey will be offered for sale also with her attractive Bell Boy colt and rejoined to Bell Boy.and two, double-registered Windsong Galloway broodmares joined to ASHS stallions to produce future hacks are for sale.
It has been very gratifying to receive feedback from many clients to let me know how well the Bell Boy youngsters are performing and of course the Windsongs are ever-reliable mounts in the show ring especially for younger riders. Sarah Young has achieved well with ‘Kamilaroi Enchantment ‘at elite events in 2013 to 2016 with a great performance recently at Canberra Royal and it was gratifying to receive news that the owners of ‘Song n Dance’ (Bell Boy X Cabaret) in S.A. are delighted with how he is progressing and the statement made was that “he is the nicest horse I have ever owned and I have owned some good ones.” Vicki Fleming reported that “Talk of the Town” won her hack at her initial start, and now sold to Libby Guest, she has continued on her winning way including a win at Horse of Year. while the Parish Family have been picking up some great wins with ‘Royal Academy’ The Simmond’s Family at Bourke are pleased with Elite Edition as is Ness Hartge with ‘Chorus Belle’ and they are both full siblings to ‘Song n Dance’.The Fleming Family have achieved well with Kamilaroi Festivity and Kamilaroi Cameo while Filipa Marshall has won some major awards with the Bell Boy//K. Lyric colt K. Celebrity Showcase and he is producing some elegant progeny for Filipa. Several other Kamilaroi ponies have been sold on and are proving to be great children’s mounts.
The ponies have given me so much pleasure over the past twenty five years and I look forward to observing other folk competing and campaigning Kamilaroi ponies. It will be interesting also to see the performance of the foals produced by the three mares that were in partnership with McArhurparc stallions,‘Janlyn Spirit of Holly’ & ‘Whitmere Royal Rumour’. Best wishes to those folk who have purchased Kamilaroi ponies and to everyone and their horses for the 2016 year. Sadly my dear soulmate Malcolm is no longer with me to share those special moments when Kamilaroi Ponies excel but I know he will there in spirit as he always took such an interest in the performance of the ponies.. Happy showing and successful breeding! Here is hoping for a speedy return to decent seasonal conditions. Regards to all my wonderful horsey mates who have helped me through a very challenging couple of years.
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We are a small to medium Riding Pony Stud located in the North West of New South Wales, at Pilliga, situated half-way between Narrabri and Walgett. Our stud commenced about 1987, with the purchase of Australian Stud Book fillies, bred at Bereen Stud at Barraba, and sired by the Rotherwood Commander stallion, Menindee Commissaries. Having admired the quality of the imported Riding Ponies, 1989 saw the addition of another Rotherwood Commander mare, Kirreway Levane, in foal to Carolinas Cats Whiskers and purchased at the Kirreway sale. Acting upon the advice of the great studmaster Eric Dudley in 1990, a colt was purchased from Kirreway stud, by Carolina’s Cats Whiskers, with the dam being the highly performed Kirreway Lullaby. This colt Kirreway Windsong proved to be the best purchase we have ever made. Other brood mares within the stud were joined to the Kirreway sires, Rotherwood Acrobat (Imp.) and Syon Splendor (Imp.) and stock purchased by Small Land Mascot (Imp.) and Roslayne Blue Peter (Imp.).
Resulting progeny have been joined to the highly performed young stallion Syon Royal Portrait (Imp), Courtland Boy Blue (Imp) and Ninfield Minks Supreme (Imp). Another special addition to the broodmare team has been Mats Magic of Astral (Strinesdale Matador (U.K. X Silkwood Spring Thyme s.o.d. Rotherwood Windswept Imp.), plus the addition of fillies by Urubula Regal Promise from Willowcroft stud. Many of the broodmares have been joined to Windsong to produce quality youngsters of great temperaments and exceptional movement, consistently winning at agricultural shows and a number progressing through to wins at Horse of the Year events and Royal Shows. A feature of the Windsong progeny is that most of these performers can be safely shown by children.
In 2006, the 3 year old colt Mandaley Bell Boy was purchased from Ian and Susie Stewart to join to Windsong mares. Bell Boy had enjoyed a great show season culminating in being awarded Champion stallion or colt at Adelaide Royal in that year. His dam is Furzey Mostly Mink (X Syon Royal Portrait) and his sire Owendale Percival (dec.) is also the sire of the successful young stallion Fernleigh Fine Print, standing at Kolbeach stud. Bell Boy is producing fine-boned true riding pony types. His dam Furzey Mostly Mink is a successful broodmare as she has also produced Maximus of Astral and Mandaley Pure Silk. Among his many awards, Maximus has been National Ridden Riding Pony Stallion of the Year while Pure Silk has capped off a very successful show year in 2008 to recently be awarded National Champion Ridden Riding Pony in 2009
The old saying “Time and Tide wait for no man” has caught up with Kamilaroi Stud and with no one to succeed as studmaster, I made the difficult decision to make a complete reduction to the breeding stock within the stud and now following the death of my husband Malcolm, regrettably the dispersal of the stud has become a reality. Our faithful old Windsong, at 24 years of age was retired in the paddock with his old mate K. Vain Star as Vain Star has just given birth to her 22nd foal (a brown colt) when he passed away peacefully in their paddock on 16th March 2015. This duo had produced a remarkable 21 foals in 21 years and all have proved to be great ponies. I have retained a small number of ponies that are currently leased out to people which have the genetics of our most successful ponies for our granddaughters. I wanted to retain that remarkable temperament for future great grandchildren if they wish to ride. Also retained will be a small number of the granddaughters outstanding old mounts that we could never sell including Cabaret , Flame and Switched who are now retired as learners mounts for my great granddaughters Summer and Molly & adopted great grandson Buster Malcolm.
Most of our pony mares have been sold on to other homes during our stud dispersal, however we have 5 Windsong and Bell Boy mares (3 ponies and 2 galloway mares ) remaining that are leased out to return to our granddaughters for their children in future years. Our lovely stallion Mandaley Bell Boy has been leased out with option of purchase and his progeny are starting to achieve well in the showring at elite events. It gives me great pleasure to attend events and see the Kamilaroi ponies, many by old Windsong still performing well and to know that the stud lines will continue on for future generations through many of the Kamilaroi mares.