Baramul Stud Dispersal 1958

Baramul Stud Dispersal 1958

Featured Image: Catalogue Front Cover of Baramul Stud Complete Dispersal 1958

I’ve referred earlier to ‘economic expediency’ as the driver for COMPLETE Dispersal Sales. There are also elements of ‘creative marketing strategies’. Should I define that? This must have been the ‘dispersal sale when you’re not having a dispersal sale’? Do I recall a soft drink company promoting a well branded non-alcoholic alternative which had something to do with ‘something you’re doing when you’re not doing something’?

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Alton Lodge Stud Dispersal Sale 1957

Alton Lodge Stud Dispersal Sale 1957

Featured Image: Alton Lodge Stud Dispersal Sale 1957 Catalogue Front Cover

This sale is of more than passing interest to me in an historical context. My original employer in NSW the late Murray Bain made his southern hemisphere debut as Manager/Veterinarian at Alton Lodge Stud between 1947 and 1950. His employer was leading New Zealand industrialist Sir James Fletcher. Murray spent six years in military conflict during WWII 1939 – 1946 mainly spent in Palestine and North Africa. He attained the high rank of acting Lt. Colonel before spending nine months ‘experiential sabbatical’ at Bull Hancock’s famous Claiborne Stud, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

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Noorilim Stud Property and Thoroughbred Horses Dispersal Sale 1930

Noorilim Stud Property and Thoroughbred Horses Dispersal Sale 1930

Featured Image: Front Cover of the Sales Catalogue

Somehow I think this must have been the genteel age of thoroughbred racing and breeding in Australia? However as ‘one book closes another opens’. This is the oft repeated mantra in the industry. During my sometimes admittedly superficial research I discover some gems. There are multiple treasures embedded in the seminal reference tome ‘Racehorses in Australia’ edited by Dr W H Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart McKay. Among the best are the Colour Plates of Art Work by imported ‘genius’ Martin Stainforth.

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Night Raid (Imp.)

Night Raid (Imp.)

I think it might be true to say that ‘Night Raid’ made a subdued if not undistinguished beginning to his foray into thoroughbred racing and breeding in the Southern Hemisphere? Imported to NSW ‘Night Raid’ was successful in a race at Randwick but subsequently ‘broke down’ during a Cup preparation. The astute judge Mr A F Roberts was quick to realise the extreme value of his breeding lines and bought him for NZ. From only slender opportunities initially ‘Night Raid’ quickly established his credentials as a great sire.

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Elderslie Stud NZ

Elderslie Stud NZ

Featured Image: The Elderslie Stud Sale,

The Elderslie Stud, Oamaru, NZ is forever imprinted in the elite pantheon of thoroughbred stud legends wherever and whenever they are discussed. It was here that the ‘immortal’ Phar Lap was bred. Phar Lap is rated at Number IV in the highest category of all-time champions together with Secretariat, Man O’War, Seabiscuit, Frankel, Ruffian, Black Caviar, Sea Bird II, Ribot, Citation and Zenyatta. There might be a more-than-slight American bias in these ratings but his place among them is incontrovertible and sacrosanct. Winx may be about to join the ultra-select list.

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Merton Stud Dispersal 1918

Merton Stud Dispersal 1918

Featured Image: Catalogue for ‘The Merton Stud Dispersal Sale Thursday 19th September 1918’

Acknowledge: The late Harley Walden’s cache of old thoroughbred sales catalogues

1918 must have been a year of careful review and cautious revision for eminent Stud Masters in the Hunter Valley. The Merton Stud Sale of proprietor Mr E Reginald White followed the earlier dispersal of William Brown’s Segenhoe Stud in January 1918. It’s eminently possible that the cataclysmic events of WWII 1914 – 1818 precipitated such responses? Mr E Reginald White was a prominent member of the leviathan White pastoral family originally headed by the Honourable James White of ‘Kirkham Stud’, Narellan in the thoroughbred arena. ‘Belltrees’ was the totem family property in the Upper Hunter; supported by ‘Edinglassie’ at Muswellbrook and ‘Martindale’ at Denman.

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Segenhoe Stud Dispersal 1918

Segenhoe Stud Dispersal 1918

Featured Image: Catalogue for the ‘Unreserved Dispersal Sale of the Segenhoe Stud’ on Thursday, January 3rd 1918, the Property of Mr. Wm. Brown

I duly acknowledge the rich archive of old catalogues assiduously collected and lovingly preserved by my late friend Harley Walden. I ‘inherited’ the treasure trove. It’s a bit like Aladdin’s cave if you’re a thoroughbred racing and breeding aficionado as Harley was.

I wrote earlier about the ‘rebarbative’ John Brown. See: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/brown-john-1850-1930/ . I also ‘borrowed information from two other sources namely;

http://kingsoftheturf.com/1909-the-rebarbative-john-brown-and-prince-foote/

and

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/brown-john-5388

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Harry & Max

Harry & Max

Photo: AAP

I decided to include this tribute to two of the legendary horse breakers over the past 70 years. Maybe that should read ‘legendary young horse educators’? It could also be named ‘the master and the master’s apprentice’. They both have an association with our area through their close alliance with Randwick and the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales which are dominated by Upper Hunter-bred yearlings. Harry worked a season at Sledmere Stud in the late 1940s where he was a mentor to the emerging tyro, young Harley Walden. I can also claim that I knew both of them albeit fairly casually. It would seem that the ‘real characters’ of this genre, gender and generation appear to be disappearing? Having just turned 76 I would say that wouldn’t I?

Also on this website is live video footage of the master yearling handler Harry Meyer in the ring at the Inglis Sales Complex. See: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/the-vet-on-the-stud-farm/

The ‘phoenix rising from the ashes’ is that Cameron Crockett is relocating to Scone in 2019. Welcome to Scone Cameron!

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Scone Literary Long Week End

Scone Literary Long Week End

Featured Image: Acknowledge ‘Maintain the Page’; The Scone literary Long Week End inspires Passion for Books’ by Paula Stevenson; ‘The New England Magazine Spring 2015’

The luminaries are Dr Judy White AM PhD of ‘Belltrees’, Graham Simsion (Guest Author), ‘Soiree in the Garden’ plus inaugural President Anne Davies, Dr Patrice Newell PhD and Phillip Adams AC.

See: http://www.sconewritersfestival.com.au/

This is how it began; see title above. OK it mutated to the Scone Writers Festival. So be it. I have a few regrets; but not many.

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