This family started with a Saladin blood mare. She proved a good brood mare, producing the two full sisters by Tester GUNNER (1899) and BUTTERCUP (1903) who were both very good riding and stock mares. Their full brother was the renowned Light Horse mount for Lt Barney Haydon called POLO who had the distinction of one of the few who completed the entire World War I Middle East campaign.
BUTTERCUP produced JULIET (1926) by Rocket, a really good mare to ride, a great walker and good working cattle. She was the dam of the stallion and campdraft winner SUNLIGHT (1947) by Starlight; the top polo mare STORM CLOUD (1943), mother of CLOUD (1965) by Gembacollie. She produced CUMULUS (1974) by Beranghi, an outstanding sporting mare; MONSOON (1975) by Blukens and polo mare STRATA (1977) by Never Doubt.
GUNNER’S filly by Dart, LOTTIE (1920), was a good bush mare, very quick and very smart. Two of her colts were used as sires, one by Bullseye at Rouchel and one by Starlight at Giro Station. The line continues on with her filly by Starlight, LOTTIE II (1937), a very good station mare ridden by B.B.Haydon. She was sent to Radar and produced BRIDGET (1951), an exceptionally good bush mare, excellent walker and showed a lot of ability working cattle. She also produced LOTTIE 111 (1957) by Bruce Greer, BUTTERCUP (1959) by Sunlight; CHARLOTTE (1958) by Bright Valais, used as a broodmare producing, CHARLOTTA (1974) by Blukens to South Australia, CHARIOT (1976), LOTTO (1979) & ARGIE (1979) good polo gelding.
BRIDGET went on to produce many good foals including;
FELINA (1969) by Redigo a lovely type of mare, successful at campdrafting and polo, winning the Sledmere Cup in 1978. See below.
Her full sister FLEETA (1971) also won polo prizes being in the Champion Team of Ponies at the Queensland Gold Cup in 1983.
Their two full brothers were successfully performed, REDI-RAY (1970) and FURY (1968), who won many ribbons including twelve at the 1977 Brisbane Exhibition and once scored 24 points for cut-out. At the 1977 Scone A.S.H Show FELINA, FLEETA and REDI-RAY won the Comara Trophy;
BLU RAY (1973) by Blukens;
Her last filly RADIAL (1975) by Beranghi won over a hundred Championship ribbons in hack, riding and sporting classes during the mid 1980’s.
As a broodmare RADIAL produced;
RACHEL (1988) by Sunny Souvenir purchased by Tim Henderson, Merriwa, won campdrafts and pony club events, dam of the stallion ROSCOMMON ANZAC (2000), SOUTHWIND HARRY TROTTER (2003), and SOUTHWOND WHISKEY (2004) .
BRIONIE (1989) by Coeur Desiree purchased by Chris Bowman and described as “a beautiful mare, quite and good walker”;
AVRIL (1990) by Coeur Desiree, see below.
The smart geldings by Bush Glow RADGLOW (1992) and BUSH TRACK (1993), RUDOLPH a gelding by Never Doubt, played polocrosse,
REBECCA (1997) by Drawn a very smart drafting mare, RADIANCE (1998) by Wonder Dancer and her last foal ROBINA (2000) by Drawn sold at the National Yearling sale in 2002.
AVRIL proved a very good broodmare for the Wardell Family producing;
SILVERTHORN WINCHESTER (1998); SILVERTHORN DERRINGER (1999); SILVERTHORN LADYSMITH (2000) now at Tocal; SILVERTHORN STANDOUT (2001) winner at both State and National level; SILVERTHORN SNIPER (2002); SILVERTHORN SPRINGFIELD (2003) doing well in the show ring and SILVERTHORN SHOWGIRL (2004) and SILVERTHORN SHOTGUN successful in the showring and as a sire.
FELINA has produced many good foals including;RAYLINA (1981) by Rodeo Rush, like her mother a lovely type and was retained as a broodmare. Her two full brothers played polocrosse being winners of best horse trophies, HOPE (1979); the polo mare FINESSE (1980) by Bandora’s Gift. RAYLINA produced; SALINA (1988) by Musket purchased by Peter Fraser and went on to play good polocrosse; NELINA (1986) by Never Doubt who produced the one foal RIFLEMAN by Musket the winner of many polocrosse prizes, including Champion Junior Horse at the 2000 Nationals; the Musket stallions RAYGUN (1989) and LASER (1990);BUSH RAY (1993) by Bush Glow the winner of many stock horse prizes and used as a Light Horse Mount; and PICTORIAL (1996) by Drawn.
FLEETA’s first filly by Hush, FLOSS played very good polocrosse. BLU RAY produced by Pangunyah, top polo mare GUNYAH (1977), by Never Doubt, RADENE (1978) & RAYMOND (1979); by Beranghi, RESPONSE (1981) a top polocrosse pony paying at State level, and the stallion RAYDEE (1982); GIFT RAY (1980) another good polo mare, by Bandora’s Gift who produced SENSATION, winner of Futurities and Champion Led Classes including Supreme Exhibit Canberra All Breeds Show;
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