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Playing Mum in the Hunter

Editor-at-large Renee Geelen looks at a unique foster mare facility in the Hunter Valley that is facing growing demand for its services.

It’s the end of July as I write this and the breeding industry is getting ready for another busy season. One of the many people anticipating a large workload is Lisa Randle at Hunter Nursing Nannies, the premier foster service for the Hunter Valley breeding industry.

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(Article courtesy of Breeding and Racing Magazine)

Glenormiston Bartley arrives

Asham Connemaras and Hunter Nursing Nannies are proud to announce the arrival of our Foundation Connemara stallion Glenormiston Bartley.

Glenormiston Bartley is by Castle Baron out of Glenormiston Fionnuala and has excelled as a led pony under his previous owner Brooke Allan.  We would like to thank Brooke for the opportunity to purchase Bartley and now pursue his career in the performance world.  Bartley will begin competing in eventing and showjumping in 2010 under the expert guidance of Marcia Williamson.  We would also like to wish Brooke well with her new filly Asham Madonna, the first purebred Connemara bred by Asham Connemaras, as she begins her led show career.

Glenormiston Bartley was bred by Sue and Barton Clarke of Glenormiston Connemaras, Qld by their imported stallion Castle Baron out of the exquisite mare Glenormiston Fionnuala.

Castle Baron (pictured left) was imported from Ireland where his two full sisters Castle Countess and Castle Urchin were Supreme Champion and Reserve respectively at Clifden Ireland in 2001. Castle Urchin was Supreme Champion in 2002 and yet again in 2007.

His full brother Castle Comet was Supreme Champion at the English Breed Show in 2000 and Ridden Champion a year later as well as becoming the first Connemara Pony to win Champion of Champions at the Horse of the Year Show in Britian.

Castle Baron was the Supreme All Breeds Champion Pony at the Stud Pony Show in Queensland in 2003 and 2004 and has won many Supreme Pony Championships in both Connemara classes and against all breeds.

Glenormiston Fionnuala (pictured right) is a lovely mare who has had a hugely successful show career as well as becoming a prolific broodmare.  She has a stallion son and a daughter in the US as well as Glenormiston Bartley in Australia. 

The quality of the family and the pedigree is self evident.

Glenormiston Bartley has excelled in his led show career to date with his performances including:

2008 Supreme Champion Connemara Brisbane Royal
2008 Supreme Connemara Alstonville All Breeds Spectacular
2009 Supreme Champion Connemara Castle Hill Show
2009 Champion Connemara National Stud Horse & Pony Show SIEC
2009 Champion Connemara & Supreme Native Pony APSB Sydney Regional Show
2009 Welsh Pony & Cob Society Annual Youngstock Champion Connemara & Champion Mountain and Moorland

Glenormiston Bartley will now commence his ridden competition career under the expert guidance of CCI **** Rider Marcia Williamson. 
He will begin eventing and showjumping in the 2010 season and we are very excited with what he has shown so far.

This photo of Bartley was taken at his very first EA Newcomers ODE at Denman.

Bartley competing in his first Official Dressage Test scoring 68% and placing 2nd!

Glenormiston Bartley
will stand the 2010 Breeding Season at Asham Connemaras and will be available for AI Service only.  Details of Breeding Contracts and AI Contracts are now available on the Contact Us page.

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