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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Generations of quality breeding on display at ASH state champs

Updated: May 5, 2023

ABOVE: David Nash on Hardal Uno Luna, the supreme Australian Stock Horse under saddle.

THE cream of the Australian Stock Horse world gathered at Elmore last week for the Victorian state titles.

The breed has always been promoted as the horse for all reasons; a handsome mount that can work stock and hold its own in any number of other activities.

The Nash family is typical of stock horse breeders, with generations producing versatile horses, and at Elmore two of their horses were rewarded with major titles.

Hardal Un Chanceux, a four-year-old black gelding by Waymere Oaks Identity, was the winner of the inaugural South East Australia Management Council hack of the year award after competing against all open horses.

“His name means ‘the fortunate one’ in the French translation,” Emma Nash said.

“Humphrey is our fortunate one following a rough start to life with two different surgeries during his short life. He has blossomed into a handsome boy, turning his hoof to the ASH and dressage worlds.”

As well as numerous successes from limited ASH outings, the young horse also qualified and competed at the Dressage With The Stars ridden by David Nash, finishing in eighth place.

The Nash’s seven-year-old stallion, Hardal Uno Luna by Waymere Oaks Identity, took out the Eighth Light Horse Supreme ASH under Saddle award.

The stallion carried on a family tradition with the win, with his sire being a previous winner and runner-up twice and his dam also a runner-up twice. Uno Luna has also been runner up twice.

Julie Van Dyke’s Chevalley Park Power Trick was just as versatile, winning champion led three-year-old, champion junior hack, three-year-old futurity and reserve champion junior working horse.

The South East Australia Management Council Horse of the Year awards cover all states. Horses qualify at nominated shows for hack, led and working horse of the year awards.

Michelle Gorton’s Oakton Lodge Sudden Impression was led horse of the year and the working horse of the year was Gordonvale Cassia shown by Fiona Gorton.

In the led classes, Brad Daunt’s two-year-old year filly Quinns Desire, was judges Mary MacMillan and Annemaree Wallen’s choice for supreme led horse of the show.

Champion led seniors included Karraba Park Traveller as senior stallion, Kardinia Niah was champion led gelding and Riverglen Jamaica champion led mare.

The youth section is always well supported by the Australian Stock Horse Association and a talented and knowledgeable young group was headed by Fred Lamb as the high point junior under 13 winner and Montana Dickerson in the 13 to 18 section.

The Eion Milward Memorial Youth Challenge went to Lacey Overeem and the Youth Sportsmanship Award was won by Ryan Sharman.

Sophie Bramucci’s yearling Tallawong Watermelon Sugar won the yearling futurity and Allstars Kryptonite the four-year-old maturity.

Fiona Beer’s Parra Last Request was the winner of the open challenge and Ellyn Prichard’s Sheady Jubilation took out the hack challenge.


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All images by TONI McCLUSKY of Equine Promotions Australia


1. Sarah Wooding and Prestige Highroller

2. Brad Daunt and Riverglen Jamaica

3. Sienna Finemore & Chevalley Park Sonic

4. Sarah Wooding and Prestige Highroller

5. Jason Fry and Yarrabeepark Zazzie

6. Jason Fry and Rivergem Sensation

7. Ellyn Prichard's Sheady Gossip Girl

8. Andrew Walker and Allhours Roulette

9. Jason Fry and Wolfgang Bingley

10. Adios Maggie ridden by Brad Daunt and owned by Heath Shadgett

11. Jason Fry and Wolfgang Bingley

12. Jason Fry and Yarrabeepark Zazzie

13. Brad Daunt and Quinn’s Desire

14. Brad Daunt and Packard Lodge Nobleman

15. Isabella Ingram and Hillvue First Edition

16. Kayla Walker and Millerpark Brown-eyed Girl

17. Ellyn Prichard and Sheady Jubilation

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