Roy Masters & Maynard Keynes

Roy Masters & Maynard Keynes

See: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/how-to-win-fans-or-at-least-keep-them-in-the-age-of-no-sport-20200402-p54gfh.html

Featured Image: Maynard Keynes (‘The New York Times’) and Roy Masters

Prologue

I’m greatly intrigued when a sports journalist, albeit an educated and erudite one, liberally quotes one of the arguably greatest International Economists of the 20th Century? Maynard Keynes had possibly one rival in the Western World in John Kenneth Galbraith?

Roy Masters is no slouch himself and is the product of a multi-talented family of genuine polymaths. Maynard Keynes was a member of the ‘Bloomsbury Set’ in peri-WWI in London. He boasted unusual early proclivities but eventually married Lydia Lopokova , a Prima Ballerina in Diaghilev’s ‘Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo’. I question she would have been to Roy Master’s taste but then Roy was more ‘Sydney Push/NRL’ and Germaine Greer/Clive James than ‘Bloomsbury’. However I’ve no doubt he could have communicated effectively with the likes of other ‘Bloomsberries’; Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Aldous Huxley, Roger Fry and perhaps even Lytton Strachey + Dora Carrington? Duncan Grant? However I digress.

I especially liked Roy’s analogies in the following ‘masterpiece’. Read on.

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Tocal Stud and Charles Reynolds

Tocal Stud and Charles Reynolds

Featured Image: Frank Reynolds Sydney Mail 1920

There is little doubt that the original pioneer leviathans of thoroughbred breeding in the Hunter Valley were Charles Reynolds (1806 – 1871) and his son Frank Reynolds (1848 – 1920). The latter was a close confidante of the ‘Gentle Giant from Clarence Town’ Bruce Lowe. Together they formulated the seminal tome ‘Breeding Racehorses by the Figure System’. No-one tells the story better than Ian Ibbett; so I’ll leave the detail to him.

See: https://kingsoftheturf.com/1888-william-gannon-frank-reynolds-and-the-tocal-stud/

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Bert Griffith

Bert Griffith

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium

Featured Image: Mr Herbert (Bert) Griffith, one of the founding members of the Australian Stock Horse Society

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

Personal Prelude:

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Australian Stock Horse Society will take place next year (2021). I write this encomium to one of its pivotal pioneers; while I still can. Bert Griffith was ‘essential’ as an inaugural proponent. The Australian Stock Horse Society is a very ‘Scone thing’ despite a few desultory claims to the contrary. Its genesis is closely linked to a veritable Scone institution of the day. I refer to the Fat Stock Cattle Sales every Tuesday of the year; with very few exceptions. Following the sales many ‘out-of-town’ cattle producers decamped to the Belmore Hotel for social and other discourse. See: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/the-tuesday-boozers-club/ . The ‘exclusives’ had their own club at the weeks ends which was polo.

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Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2000

Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2000

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium & article by Kerry Grey

Featured Image: ‘Lone Horseman’ Steve Jefferys on “Woomera”

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/heritage-horse-ride-olympics-2000/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/olympic-games-defining-moments/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australia-on-horseback-at-sydney-olympic-games-2000/

The tribute to the Australian Stock Horse during the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony was a moment the world will never forget. An audience of more than 3.7 billion people watched as Steve Jefferys galloped into the stadium, reared and cracked his whip. A further 140 horses were ridden into the Stadium and performed intricate formations to a specially written version of ‘The Man from Snowy River’ theme by Australian composer Bruce Rowland.

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Spring Valley Heritage Horse Ride 2000

Spring Valley Heritage Horse Ride 2000

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium & article by Kerry Grey

Featured Image: Spring Valley Heritage Horse Ride Map(s)

(31/03/2020: I’ve just realised that the colour-coding window of the two main rides is ‘inverted’? The North Ride should be GREEN and the South Ride MAGENTA?)

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/heritage-horse-ride-olympics-2000/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/olympic-games-defining-moments/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australia-on-horseback-at-sydney-olympic-games-2000/

Personal Prelude: It’s my purview that this grand epic ranks right up there with some of the greatest Australian totems such as the Durack’s ‘Kings in Grand Castles’ epic and the Nat Buchanan droving fables. Its breathtaking stratospheric vision is legendary in its own right. I enjoy a somewhat smug satisfaction in acknowledging ‘locals’ Neville Holz and Joy Poole plus my very good friend and professional colleague Chris Johnson as veritable pioneering prodigies.

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STANTON STUD DODGE – FS

STANTON STUD DODGE – FS

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

In equal eighth position with over 7,500descendants is the stallion/gelding STANTON STUD DODGE – FS. This horse was foaled in 1964, and his conception like everything else about him unusual.

E H ‘Tiger’ Batterham had a very good mare by Dimray called Glamour, and Tiger had purchased a stallion by Radium called Rayon. John Stanton approached Tiger and offered him £100 for a foal out of Glamour by Rayon.

Tiger said, ‘I would never have mated those two horses as I would have considered the bloodlines too close, but I was to be proved very wrong. In those days £100 for a horse, let alone a foal, was an amazing amount of money, so I agreed to breed the foal’.

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ABDUL – IS

ABDUL – IS

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

Those who had the privilege of seeing ABDUL – IS in the campdraft arena will never forget the incredible athleticism of this great horse. Foaled in February, 1964 at Comara Station on the North Coast of New South Wales, ABDUL – IS was bred by the great horseman and stud master, Theo Hill.

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Reality – FS

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

Featured Image: REALITY – FS and Terry Hall

With over 17,000 descendants, REALITY – FS is the second most influential stallion in the Australian Stock Horse Stud Book. Born at Gresford in the Hunter Valley, only a stone’s throw from Glendonbrook where Bobbie Bruce was born, REALITY – FS was purchased be well known campdrafter , Alf Bignell, and broken in by Mel bates of Gunnedah.

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Abbey – FS

Abbey – FS

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

Featured Image: A champion performer, ABBEY – FS is also the most influential sire in the Australian Stock Horse Stud Book

This horse is without peer the most influential sire in the Australian Stock Horse Stud Book. Currently (2011) he has almost 40,000 descendants, more than twice the number of his nearest competitor, REALITY – FS.

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Bobbie Bruce

Bobbie Bruce

Acknowledge: Australian Stock Horse Society 40th Anniversary Compendium

See: https://www.ashs.com.au/the-society/about-us/about-us/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/australian-stock-horse-society-40th-anniversary-compendium/

Featured Image: Clockwise from top left: John Cowley as a teenager, mustering on Bobbie Bruce; Bobbie Bruce as an old horse; Ernie Cowley flag racing on Bobbie Bruce, an event in which the little stallion was never beaten.

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