Smithfields News - January 2006

1.  Death of Rosevean Gale force (imp)
2.  Smithfields Ferrari at Dubbo Grand National Qualifier.

1. VALE- Rosevean Gale Force  (Imp).
James was put to sleep on the morning of Tuesday 3 January after he failed to respond to treatment for colic. 
James would have been 30 in April this year.  He was with us for 18 years. 
A thorough gentleman and a true friend. 
Rest in peace.

The Story of Gentleman James – Rosevean Gale Force (imp). 
James, a 14.0 hh chestnut riding pony stallion was born on 7th April, 1977 at Elspethe Ferguson’s Riding Pony stud, Rosevean in Worchestshire, U.K. He was imported into Australia as a 2 year old colt by Peter Barry of Mirinda Stud.

Peter writes: "For several years I had noted the breeding of winners at the major shows in England.  Bwlch Zephyr's name appeared time and time again.  He was regarded as one of the most successful sons of the famous Bwlch Valentino.
During a trip to England in July 1978 I met Miss Ferguson and was invited to visit Rosevean Stud, the home of Bwlch Zephyr. 
Although he was well into his twenties he was really stunning.  Miss Ferguson informed me he was very much like his famous sire.
A chestnut yearling colt out of the very nice mare Eyebrook Marionette caught my eye; he had a lovely way of going, a big mover and appeared exceptionally light on his feet.  I was impressed with his limbs, his well-sprung rib cage, his nice rein and a beautiful big eye.  The colt would mature around 14 hands and I was delighted when we finalised a deal and Rosevean Gale Force was coming to Australia." 

Mr Noel Skinner from West Australia purchased Gale Force in June of 1980 from Peter when he was being exhibited at  the South Australian Horse Expo.  Noel ran Gale Force with a large number of mares for about four seasons, but not much was seen of his progeny. 

In March of 1985, Helen Moore and Marg Gillies purchased Gale Force, in partnership when he was eight years old as Mr Skinner had taken over the management of a thoroughbred stud and was not allowed to keep him.  They owned him for 4˝ years and he averaged ten foals per season.  He was shown at Kalamunda Agricultural Show where he took out Supreme Exhibit and at the Autumn Horse Show where he was Champion Stallion.  He produced some exceptional foals that went on to be big show winners. 

 His bloodlines are still being used in West Australia.  Most of his successful progeny in W.A. can be recognised by the association with Wind eg Marapona March Wind (at Rose King's stud), Marapona Wind in the Willows (WA Galloway of the Year), Morningside Windy Minx (produced WAPony of the Year).  It was during this time in WA that Gale Force was given the stable name of James.  Gale Force had been such a well-behaved English gentlemen that Helen and Marg named him 'James', in honour of their very English vet, James Forbes.  Having selected a number of James' fillies to be the basis of their brood herd the decision was made to sell James to make way for a new sire to be used over the Gale Force mares.

 Bev Breadden in partnership with Greg and Mike Smith brought Gale Force late in 1990 and so James moved to Brisbane in Queensland to be the foundation sire for Smithfields Stud.  James role, as it was in Western Australia was to produce conformationally correct foundation mares of exceptional temperament for the stud.  The emphasis was to be placed on producing gifted saddle horses and ponies rather than on led stock.   What he did for Smithfields far exceeded  expectations.  He immediately put the Stud ‘on the map’ by winning both the Led and Ridden Championships for Riding Pony stallions at Brisbane Royal Show.  James, at twelve years old, had not been ridden since being broken-in as a three year old.  He was just a natural saddle horse with the most beautiful and unflappable temperament.  James’ progeny have become renown for their temperament and ability under saddle and his brood mares are definitely passing on both the temperament and ability under saddle. 

One of his first foals in Queensland was a bay colt out of an Anglo- Arabian mare.  This colt we called Majestic.  Majestic has had Supreme led championships at Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Royal Shows as well as at numerous Queensland Riding Pony Shows.  He excelled in both Riding Pony and Saddle Pony classes.  He was exhibited twice under saddle.  At his second outing was Sydney Royal he was awarded Reserve Champion Ridden Saddle Pony and Best Ridden Pony Stallion of the Show.  Majestic has been retained by the stud as a stallion and has proved to be an excellent sire.  Majestic’s younger brother, Magistrate, has also been retained by the stud as a sire as he has grown to 15hh and is throwing that size into his progeny.  Both of these stallions have exceptional ability under saddle and enjoy their saddle work as much as their father did.  Their progeny as also displaying the same traits of conformation, temperament and ability under saddle.  The two boys have a full sister, Music, who has been retained at stud.

James at nearly 30 years of age still had unblemished beautiful sound limbs, his big, fluid, light movement,  his big beautiful eyes, his beautiful personality with impeccable manners and, with age, the most distinguished greying over his eyes.

 Smithfields stud owes a debt of gratitude to a number of people: to Miss Ferguson of Rosevean stud who through her exceptional horse skills focussed on producing conformationally correct ponies with exceptional temperament and paces; to Peter Barry for importing him; to Helen and Marg for advertising him for sale; and finally, to James, himself, for being the true English gentleman he is.


2. Smithfields Ferrari at Dubbo HOTY (an e-mail from Jazna Kent)

Hi there, sorry it has taken a while to write back, I have been really busy with the horses. The message that originally did not make it to you was to tell you how well Blacky went at the Dubbo HOTY. He won
Champion Amateur Owner Hunter Galloway,
Champion Newcomer Hunter
4th Open Hunter Galloway
, so we were really happy, since he beat a fair amount of good horses. 
I also got Top 5 in the 12-17 years rider. They missed out putting a champion 12-15 in the catalogue, otherwise i would have qualified for grand nationals. Never mind. Well here is a picture of Blacky (that we bought, not copyright). Hope You Like It 
Thanks for messaging me back.  I appreciate it. So sorry to hear about James. My thoughts with you always!!!