NEWS 2008

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Chalani Auster & Chalani Winston and Cathy Beer.

Chalani Auster (Aussie) is a brown 3yo by Splashdance from Chalani Aurora.
Chalani Winston is a grey 10yo by Chalani Mystic from Mylor Miss (he is full brother to Chalani Laura.

Cathy has the following to say about her Chalani horses:

"I own two Chalani Horses having originally bought Chalani Winston 9.5 years ago after previously owning a Rannock gelding. He is now 10 yrs old. I have learnt alot about the value of a good temperament and only wanted to ride horses such as this. I knew Winston would have a nice temperament and to this day he has been a lovely horse to own, train and compete on. My husband has even learnt to ride on him.

Winston has competed in Dressage since a young horse and has had good results in Prelim/Novice level. I am now schooling him at Medium level and hope to take him out soon to compete at Elementary and Medium.

He is a dream to teach as he always learns quickly and doesn't have any bad behaviours. He has a very trainable brain.

On this track I decided to buy another one as I wanted another the same. I bought Chalani Auster in 2007 and have been again extremely happy with his trainable brain. I have broken him in as a 2 year old and now as a 3 year old is going extremely well having just won Champion Led Junior and Reserve Champion Ridden ASH at Murray Bridge Central Branch ASH Show on October 19th 2008. Judges comments were that he was very soft and forward. Just what is wanted for a Dressage horse.

I have found that Chalani Horses have helped me increase my knowledge and skills at training because of their kind temperaments and athleticism. I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone to buy a Chalani Horse and have done this in the past. My instructor Mandy Maiden has the same advice to anyone who is looking to buy a horse as she also knows how lovely these horses are to train. She is constantly amazed at how sensible these horses are when faced with things that other horses would find too much to cope with. She is absolutely over the moon with both of mine and would be more than happy to tell anyone about their temperament but also mentions their body, as in being able to perform movements. I had a lesson with her the other day on Auster and she was amazed as we were starting some more advanced movements than usual for a 3 year old. He just loves it and does it all easily. He's like a ballerina. Winston has come ahead amazingly as well. Needless to say, I am extremely happy as well.

I would be more than happy to speak to anyone with questions or show my horses to anyone who wanted further info about Chalani Horses."

28 December 2008
Volunteer Rider/Helpers required

An opportunity exists for a reliable and trustworthy person to learn about training, showing and competing quality young horses at the stud and at competitions. Find out more

29 November 2008
Andy and Kim tie the knot

After an 18 month engagement and many preparations, Andrew Ide and Kim Gower were married at the Belair Park Country Club. They honeymooned in New Zealand after 3 days on the Gold Coast, QLD.

Jeanette visits Splash

Jeanette travelled to QLD due to her involvement in investing and The Investors Club and took time to visit Splash while there. A few extra photos of him have been taken while he is at Robyn and Kel Unsworths.

31 October 2008
EFA Horse of the Year Show

Bestotted (aka Dotty) wins the EFA(SA) Newcomer Show Hunter Horse of the Year over 15hh. Dotty produced a great workout and drew comments from the judge that she was a lovely hunter type with potential.

Dotty has now been sold and went to her new home at Burra with Bob and Pen Rowe on 13/11/08. We wish them all the best.

Horses out Hacking

Chalani Denim
Chalani Denim has had recent success in the Hack ring at Ag shows. She won Lightweight Hack and Reserve Champion Hack at Burra Ag Show with owner Eva Cummings reporting "She is still very green, but was beautifully behaved which is all that matters to me."
Denim then won at Clare Ag Show in the Hack 15-15.2hh and Hack 15-16hh. Eva says "Well, Denim did it once again!! We went to Clare not expecting to get anything. I didn't even warm her up, I just took her straight in the ring and trotted around for a minute or so waiting for the class to start. She obviously doesn't need it. I also only rode once between Burra and Clare show due to work too. I don't know how many people can say, that they can take their 5yo horse out, that has been only shown 4 times under saddle, and not even have to work them down, let alone get wins at every show! She is already qualified for 2009 Royal in 2 shows!! Showing now is far less stressful and I'm really enjoying having a horse that will got out and work the same out, as she does at home, no more hot TB's for me!! So thank you so much for breeding my absolute perfect dream horse for me. Despite the last year of having some difficulties, she has been well worth the work and persistance without hesitation. I always wanted a black mare to hack about 15.2hh, even though we expected [her] to grow over, she didn't. I never expected to get a horse to have everything I wanted and more, a mare with the colour, the conformation, the right height, most importantly, the temperament! She really is lovely to ride, so soft and uncomplicated, natural balance and self carriage, no fizz. Rarely do you ever get such beautiful horses that will work and be reliable out also." (Eva also owns Chalani Jarrah and says "God he is soooo quiet and soft to ride!!!")

Besotted (Dotty)
Dotty has competed with success at Coonalpyn Ag Show, proving her reliable temperament again, winning Show Hunter over 16hh, Hack over 16.2hh and Heavyweight Hack over 15hh. Video to be uploaded shortly. Dotty will be advertised for sale in the November Horse Deals.

Dotty and Denim will be attending at upcoming Horse of the Year shows.
9 October 2008
Updated photos and information are now on the For Sale page.

26 September 2008
More Splashdance Photos

Up to date photos can be seen of Splash on his page (link above).

14 September 2008
Aurora's 2008 foal - Chalani Minerva

Aurora has a brown filly! 2 hind socks and a star, sired by Master Herbert. Check the link above for more photos.

5 Sep 2008
Royal Adelaide Show 2008

There were plenty of entries in the ASH classes this year, and as always, plenty in the dressage competition. Results:

Chalani Dance - 2nd Led ASH filly 3 years & under (pictured top far right).

Chalani Apollo - 2nd ASH Hack, 2nd ASH working, 3rd ASH Station Horse, 2nd Junior ASHLA, 5th Junior Novice dressage (pictured right and bottom far right).

Chalani Paper Note - 1st Side Saddle Period Turnout.

31 Aug 2008
Gawler Ag Show 2008

A very wet and rainy day, but some good results for Chalani horses all the same:

Chalani Dance - Champion Led Junior ASH and Champion ASH Hack. 1st Working ASH 3yrs & under.
Chalani Apollo - Reserve Champion Led Senior ASH (to stablemate Precious Hope, sired by Master Herbert, a Rannock son) and Reserve Champion ASH Hack.
26 July 2008

Splashdance wins Champion led ANSA (Australian National Saddlehorse Association) Mt Gravatt Show, QLD.
Photos can be viewed at AJL Photographics
See photo numbers 96-100 and 107.

4 July 2008
Chalani Donegal

Chalani Donegal has sold to Fiona Waddy, an ex-South Australian resident, now in Victoria. Fiona bought Donegal sight unseen from the details provided by Jeanette Gower and his website photo, trusting his breeding to produce the horse she wanted to ride and her children to ride. Donegal left Chalani as an unbroken rising 2yo on the 1st July 2008 at 10.30pm. He loaded on the Horse Transport truck in the dark without hesitation, after being led by novice horse person Andy Ide, down a 400m long driveway away from other horses.

Below is a transcription of an answer machine message that Fiona left.

"Jeanette – the horse [Chalani Donegal] arrived about 10.30 last night, and at 9.30 the next morning I went out there to Uncle Chris’s to take a look at him, and when I arrived, Uncle Chris was very quietly riding a lovely young horse around the arena, just walking him… And then a canter along the full side, and then walking again. Shortly he came over to the fence, and as he got off, I asked “Has the horse arrived?”

He said “This is it! I don’t think you’ve gone wrong buying this horse, he has the temperament!!!!”

Donegal just stood there relaxed while I took a good look at him, all the while shuffling up to sniff us.

Uncle Chris had asked the float man if he had had any trouble bringing him over, and the reply was ‘mate, he didn’t put a foot wrong the whole way’.

Jeanette, he has the most extraordinary shoulder movement; he just glides out from the elbow, with elevation and impulsion. We are absolutely thrilled with him, and Jack and Marni are going to have so much fun with him. Uncle Chris has had a great deal of experience breaking in horses all over the world, particularly in Japan and the US, and he is so quiet and laid back with them, and confident. He will just do a few things with him [Donegal] this week and then put him out till Spring.

Jeanette, thanks so much for giving us this opportunity – it is not just about us buying this horse, we are reconnecting with his history, the horses in his pedigree that I knew years ago, and reconnecting with our friendship. Now it’s all the more exciting because my kids are going to grow up with Donegal, as I grew up with so many of the horses in his pedigree.

He will be a family horse for us, something really special. He is everything we were wanting. We are just so thrilled."

June 2008
Horses Sold

In the space of about a week during June, five horses at Chalani were sold. The following horses have now moved to their new homes:

Chalani Chipper - Vicki McInnes (Strathalbyn, SA)
Chalani Neptune - Maureen Johns (Waitpinga, SA)
Chalani Magic - Narelle and Wayne Knapp for their daughter Renae (Kingaroy, QLD)
Chalani Playwright - Justin and Kelliegh Henzen (Vic)
Chalani Donegal - Fiona Waddy (Vic)

We wish all new owners every success in their chosen fields.
May 2008
Now in QLD!
Splashdance returns to his breeders.

Splash has moved from "Rivendell" where he sired a number of quality foals in the 2007 drop for Sue Sullivan in NSW. Unfortunately due to EI, Splash did not have the opportunity to breed any mares at Rivendell last season.

Splash will now stand at Parkridge, Queensland, with his breeders Robyn and Kel Unsworth. Kel says his temperament is very much like his sire, Silver Laird, and that Robyn is happily scrubbing him up with the possibility of taking him to some shows. If you are in QLD or northern NSW, don't miss this opportunity to use Splash over your mare!

13 April 2008
Chalani Jive

SA State Paint Horse Show 2008

Chalani Jive won the Paint Horse Yearling Versatility High Point Award.

1st Yearling lungeline Futurity, 1st Yearling Trail and other wins / placings.

Photo by Ma Scar Photography

Chalani Thistle and Anne Parsons.

Chalani Thistle was purchased from Chalani as a yearling by Emily Walter. She was competed lightly in ASH competition for good results including 1st 3yo Futurity and Reserve Champion led at Adelaide Royal Show. She also won the First Season ASH SA Central Branch High Point Award.

After a number of years out in the paddock, Thistle started to be ridden by Anne Parsons until Thistle became available to buy. Anne has battled various injuries to be out riding and is a relatively new recruit to ASH Challenges and showing. Together she and Thistle have chalked up some good results, including:
  • Murray Bridge Ag Show Encourage ASH Challenge 2006 - 1st (first competition together).
  • Murray Bridge Riding Club Monarto ODE 2006 - 3rd grade 3.
  • Mundulla Show 2007 - Champion led mare.
  • Mundulla Show 2008 - 1st Pleasure Hack 6 years and over section.
  • Mundulla Stockman's Encourage Challenge 2008 - 2nd overall.
Chalani Thistle has proven a very quiet and reliable safe mount.

5 April 2008
Strathalbyn Hunt Club All Breeds Show 2008

Chalani Jive

1st ASH filly 1 year & under.

Chalani Apollo

Champion Ridden ASH

February 2008
2007 ASH National Youth Point Score Competition

Chari-Lee Hoad and Chalani Apollo win/place in the following Youth High Point sections:

Under 13yrs Age Group: 13yrs and under 18yrs Age Group:
February 2008
Chalani Catlow

Barastoc Horse of The Year 2008

Chalani Catlow wins ASH working mare over 4 years, at the age of 23, ridden by a Junior rider!

This mare previously won Barastoc Horse of the Year with Barry Sawyer in her younger days.

February 2008
Chalani Actor and Jason Fry

Barastoc Horse of the Year 2008

Chalani Actor won the Led 3yo gelding and Reserve Champion led.
He gained other placings under saddle at the 2008 Barastoc Horse of the Year.

18 January 2008

The 2yo fillies, Chalani Dance, Silk and Fortune (Bangles) are now broken in. All have displayed a calm disposition throughout the process, with Silk and Dance completing rides in the Belair National park and a trip to Goolwa beach with no fuss. Thanks to Chari-lee Hoad who has helped throughout the process, breaking in Bangles, and riding Silk a few times too.
Chalani Chance and Annie Hill.

Chance and Annie live on a station 90kms North of Mitchell, 65kms west of Injune and 180kms N-West of Roma in Queensland.

Early 2007
"I'm delighted to tell you that Chance is going really well - quite a little stock horse now; she follows the cattle well; lays her ears back and loves the chase! She's an exceptionally good 'doer' - which is lucky considering the seasons of late. I look forward to her having a foal in the next year or two."

Jan 2008
"We are having the best season here for many, many years - it just looks fantastic with water and green grass in abundance; fat cattle and healthy calves - a welcome change after years of drought. Chance did 2 weeks of mustering in Dec., and then we had to stop because of the rain. She is the most amazing 'doer' - she has acquired the nickname of 'Fatty' - she only has to look at the grass and gets fat! She is presently locked up in the yards on a 'Jenny Craig' diet! She'll get another weeks mustering next week. I intend to put her to our stallion 'ASHA Warrior' in September. Chance has certainly learnt a lot about cattle since I've had her (3 years) - and knows what she has to do - although I wouldn't say she is a complete 'natural', she has definitely picked it up. I look forward to crossing her with our stallion, who is extremely 'cowy'."

2 January 2008
Sam Yates and Chalani Elegance

"Just thought I would drop you a line and let you see some recent photos of Elle. She is going really well and has matured both mentally and physically; in the last 6 months particularly. I have been having lessons most weekends which is great and although we have our moments we are progressing. Elle is such a willing horse and never does anything deliberately wrong. She always tries hard to please and do the right thing, it's just sometimes it takes us both a bit of time to get our heads around things.

We often go for long rides either just the two of us or sometimes the kids come on their ponies and John and Tim on the motorbike with the dog. Elle always behaves well. I am looking forward to having a go at some competitions in the not too distant future, EI permitting, to see how we go."

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