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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Heathcote a perfect setting for all the pretty ponies

ABOVE: The supreme open foal of the show was Ashtan Park A Night To Remember, bred and owned by Chris and Allan Symmons. Picture: CARMEL PETHICK

THERE are few prettier places that Heathcote showgrounds in autumn.

Set in the heart of Central Victoria and nestled between the McHarg and McIvor Ranges the town was established in the 1850s after gold was discovered in the area, and still has that old-world feel.

The grounds, featuring colourful autumn trees, was the perfect setting for the 260 ponies and 78 exhibitors who attended the Australian Pony Stud Book’s North Central Promotional Group’s foal and youngstock show. It was great to see so many breeds on display, with hackney ponies, Welsh, Australian, Shetland, Riding Ponies, DEVA and Buckskins competing, plus child handler and ridden pony classes.

The supreme champion open foal was Ashtan Park A Night To Remember, a Riding Pony, Part Welsh colt foal by Manorvale Party Trick bred and owned by Chris and Allan Symmons of Ashtan Stud and produced for them by Mitch Fox. Fox also showed Whitmere Britannia to win the Riding Pony, Part Welsh Filly Foal champion Riding Pony foal and Reserve champion open filly foal for its owner Annie Williams and showed his own Willowcrest Monarch to win champion Riding Pony colt or gelding.

It is a strong Shetland Pony area and there were quality ponies on show. The Supreme Shetland Foal was Lisa Virgona’s Kilpara Quinola and the champion yearling was a home- bred youngster, Rosewood Park Tigerlily shown by Monique Centrone.

The champion ridden Shetland Pony was Balnagown Springtime shown by Mackenzie Mamouney Brown.

Robert Cockram was pleased with the performance of his two young horses by his stallion, Deanhills Masquerade.

His three-year-old large Galloway winning the class for three years old young stock open colt or gelding and the championship and Deanhills Leading Lady was awarded reserve open champion over four years and reserve champion part bred female four years and over.


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ABOVE: 1. Beauparc Queen of Hearts owned by Libby Greshner, shown by Joel Jacobson. Supreme led senior exhibit. 2. Sequel ridden by Hannah Rautman was Supreme ridden bred exhibit. 3. Open foal class winner Rosewood Park Eva. 4. Korawyn So Si Bon was Supreme Junior Shetland. 5. Jukebox Park Teddy Bear (Karen Hendley) was Champion Youngstock and Supreme Mini Pony. 6. Grand Supreme Foal of Show was Vanoca Park Archdale. 7. Welsh Section A colt Woranora Jacob owned by Helen Dohan and shown by Jessica Lee. 8. Grand Supreme Youngstock Vanoca Park Amity owned by the Porter Family. Pictures: CARMEL PETHICK


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