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North Island Secondary School Showhunter Championships

Held in winter at St Peters College in Cambridge, ACG Strathallan College sent a team of 4 riders. In order of rider age they were Conor West on Ballytruckle Sally Gap, Bridget van Gessel on Reel NZ Safari, Julia Nicholson on Gold Fever and Niamh West on Ballytruckle Shamrock.

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Sally clears 1.20m at Hunter Trials

The awesome Welsh cob X tb mare Ballytruckle Sally Gap (Mill Creek Valiant X Star( Indian Ore) ) competed at the Hunter Trials on the long weekend at beginning of June 2012 with 16yo Conor West riding. She cleared 1.20m in the High jump but took the rail at 1.25m cos she stood off too far.

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Another Beau baby wins Foal Show Champ


At the North Island Welsh Pony and Cob Foal Show Kingfisher Creek Mirabella (Cwmkaren Beaufort Express (imp) X Ballytruckle Cleopatra (Mill Creek Valiant) proudly shown In-hand by her owner Claudia McCulloch won the Champion C&D title. Every time this family have been shown they have taken out this Championship under three different judges.


Riley- simply awesome jump

Ballytruckle Riley is a 7 yo 15-3hh Welsh cob X tb gelding- (Mill Creek Valiant X Rookley Rose).

He has recently been a catch ride for James Cole who is really enjoying schooling him. We are looking at selling Riley as he is too big and has far too much talent for us to ride. He belongs in a fabulous yard being a SJ superstar.

After 5 weeks of schooling on the flat and over jumps we went to a local SJ show with classes to 1.05m. He won the 1.05 and was placed 2nd in the 1.0m and the 95cm.

Clearing 1m 25

Rafferty wins his first class

Ballytruckle Rafferty, 5yo Welsh cob X Tb gelding, by Mill Creek Valiant out of Redeemable (Red Glow) has been ridden since November 2011. He has always loved being ridden, very cruisey and friendly. He went to a local Ribbon Day and the first class he went into he won!!

Best paced and Mannered. We also think Riff Raff is pretty cool, he has a rocking horse canter and Steve holds the reins between 2 fingers so light is the contact. You could ride this fellow with cotton thread for reins- he is so good in the mouth.

Win at HOY 2012 icing on the cake

Ballytruckle Shamrock 14-1 and a half hh Welsh cob X tb mare ridden by 13yo Katherine Martin had a fabulous time at HOY.

It was the second time our stud has competed at HOY so we were thrilled to come away with a handful of ribbons from 9 classes.

Soaring isn't just for the birds

"Awesome day" was Conor's summing up of a morning competing in the Showhunter Hack ring at Woodhill Sands 3* SJ/SH Show this February. He was riding B. Sally Gap, a 8yo Welsh cob X tb mare 15.1hh. He said he was soaring over the bigger jumps, they started in the training and finished on the 1.05m. They got a 3rd placing in a class of 25 with a score of 79%.




Category C Champion at Woodhill Sands

Ballytruckle Shamrock (Mill Creek Valiant X Star) is a 9yo Welsh cob X tb mare and is really shining on the Showhunter stage in the Category C ponies.



In January 2012 at the New Year Showhunter and Showjumping Show at Woodhill Sands Katherine Martin rode Ballytruckle Shamrock with lovely flowing lines and made full use of the tight space on the grass in the rain to score an incredible 95% and win the Championship class for the Category C.

Vinnie's fab new home

Nicky Wolstencroft of Kingcroft Stud, Pukekawa in the North Waikato, purchased 2 yo Welsh cob colt Ballytruckle Invincible (Cwmkaren Beaufort Express (imp) X Ballytruckle Cleopatra) from us last month. Nicky intends to use Vinnie over her band of lovely Warmblood X and Clyde X and Thoroughbred mares to create the modern versatile riding horse.

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