Penmain Riding Ponies
2015 Assessment Tour
Receiving a Preliminary Premium score of 79.5% on the tour this year was the chestnut filly, Penmain Beauty Queen. By our resident stallion Triple Trees Prince Perfect (Imp) and out of County Cover Girl (x Keston Royal Occassion).
Also presented on the assessment tour by Penmain Stud, on behalf of his owner was a chestnut colt, also by Triple Trees Prince Perfect who achieved the National High Score Foal Award. Perfect Timing was given a huge 84.25% to gain Preliminary Elite status. He is out of a riding pony mare by Fairlight Acres Curfew.
2013 Assessment Tour
Two foals were presented for assessment on the annual ASPR Assessment Tour; both by our resident stallion Triple Trees Prince Perfect.
We were delighted with the scores achieved by both foals with the filly Penmain Nightingale gaining Preliminary Premium status with 78.00%. Nightingale is out of Kolbeach Sands (x Fernleigh Fine Print).
The colt, Penmain Talisman gained equal top placing for the National High Score Foal Award with 80.25%. He is out of our mare Kolbeach Catwalk (x Syon Splendour Imp).
2011 Assessment Tour
Our ACE assessment is an exciting time, it gives us a benchmark on how our breeding is going. Penmain again had Gerd and Alex from the ACE group to assess 8 of our own and clients foals.
Sometimes its hard to get it "just right", everything has to go right on the day and then you need a tonne of luck. The assessor can only assess what he sees and the ponies must perform foot perfect for 5 minutes (which, in some instances, can be a bit hard when you are only a baby).
Our first candidate was always going to be interesting. Hilkens Nougat Cream (the imported German Riding Pony) over a Fernleigh Fine Print mare. This mare (Kolbeach Sands) is out of one of our most prized brood mares and mother of last years preliminary premier colt, Penmain Aristocrat, making them three quarter siblings.
This particular cross, for Roseglen Farm, produced a cracker buckskin filly last year,
(assessed at 79.5%) who was snapped up prior to weaning by the countries biggest importers of German Riding Pony Stallions, Dynamik Stallions in Perth. This years bay colt foal is truly superb, I hoped he would behave himself and follow in his sisters footsteps.
Handel could not have shown himself better, his final confirmation score was 80.5%, and movement at a whopping 84.5% gave him an overall assessment score of 82.5%, a preliminary record score with the ASPR. The assessors comments were: "Nice type, good set in neck, good swing and elastic trot, good rhythm and always engaged. Absolutely correct in gaits".
Next out was our beautiful brown colt by Penmain Posh out of Kolbeach Catwalk.
What a cracker breeding mare she is. By Syon Splendour and out of a thoroughbred mare, she has only had three foals and all are destined to be superstars.
With an overall score for conformation of 79% and movement of 76.5% it was a little dissappointing that this foal did not show himself to his known best. He was a little overawed by all the people and would have liked nothing better than to return to his foal friends in the paddock. That's horses for you.
County Cover Girls filly foal was next.
She is really typey and will turn liver chestnut when her foal coat disappears. County Cover Girl's filly last year scored the required 80% to give her premier status, it would be interesting to see how this years went.
She certainly did not disappoint. 82% for conformation including an 8.5 for over all type, and 79.5% for her movement, she really did the stud proud and will, I am sure, contribute to performance pony breeding in the future.
Alumeah Wishing Well is here on lease from Alumeah Stud.
Penmain Make a Wish is her first foal and our assessment day was not her best. Little Wish decided that everybody must be here to see her hoon around, out of control and was marked according to her very naughty behaviour with a final (thoroughly deserved) score of 72.5%.
Barrie a 15.3hh chestnut mare is also owned by the Knox family.
She has produced a really nice typey filly who is also co-owned with the stud, will be right up to height.
This filly produced a lovely display which earned her a 9 for frame and top line and an 8.5 for her canter. Overall confirmation of 82.5% and 76.5% for movement giving her a final score of 79.5%. We were thrilled.
The last is the beautiful 16hh mare Poetic owned by Mandelay Stud in Woodend.
Katie has produced show ring winners and her foal was very eagerly awaited. The assessor really liked this filly and commented on how she travelled like a warmblood.
His comments: "long legged filly, good relaxed ground covering walk, always engaged in canter, good balance, good long croup". Her final scores were 79.5% for conformation and 78% for movement giving her a final percentage of 78.75. She is one to watch.
My lovely galloway show mare, Kolbeach Magic has produced a really sweet bay colt for us by Ascot Royal Tribute. He is a true show horse type and is super pretty.
Riley scored 80.%% for conformation and 75% for movement, giving him a total of 77.75%.
We have had three ASB Posh foals this year. This was a cross we expected to yield results with height, cosmetic appeal and movement, hopefully find their way into one package. All three of our thoroughbred crosses are exceptional.
The first is known around the stables as "Pebbles", a 15.2hh chestnut mare, owned by the Knox family in Monbulk.
The resulting foal is owned in conjuction with the stud. This little colt foal is just superb and is the picture of his father at the same age and has that same "spunk" that earned his father his name.
He was the youngest foal assessed here and is still straightening out after showing mild contraction of the front tendons. His performance in front of a crowd had us all in fits of laughter, with a little head shake from me that he had missed an opportunity to really show off his lovely movement. (as will be seen in his video)
An encouraging score of 80% for confirmation and a deserved score of 72.5% for movement, for an overall score of 76.25%.
2010 Assessment Tour
Immediately prior to our departure for the Melbourne Summer Royal, Penmain hosted the ASPR/ACE assessor from Germany for the morning to assess our stock for inclusion into the ASPR register. We needed a benchmark for our breeding stock, and this seemed to be an ideal opportunity for someone totally independant to assess our stock as suitable for the dressage arena.
We were thrilled with the results. Penmain Posh scored in excess of the 80% required, and was recorded as a Premier Sire, one of only 4 registered in the country and the only Riding Pony/APSB-Riding Pony. His two offspring, Penmain Aristocrat and Penmain Screen Siren were both awarded Premier status also, with Penmain Aristocrat going on to claim the coverted prize of best foal assessed with Screen Siren 2nd.
The 3rd placed foal was also associated with the stud, a foal of Kolbeach Sands, by Hilkens Nougat Cream (on lease to Roseglen Farm). Sands is out of Aristocrat's mother, Braemar Seashells, by Fernleigh Fine Print and returns to Penmain in foal to Hilkens Nougat Cream.
The Penmain mares did us proud with Kolbeach Catwalk being declared the highest scoring mare, and my favorite, Kolbeach Magic only 1% behind her.