Elliott Family of Segenhoe/Buttai

Elliott Family of Segenhoe/Buttai

Gratefully acknowledge: ‘Dawn in the Valley’ by W Allan Wood. Wentworth Books 1972 Sydney

ISBN 0 85587 027 3

As a voluntary migrant myself I’m greatly inspired and genuinely in awe of the Elliott family of 1825. We do share a few elements in common. John Elliott was a native of Rothbury, Northumberland, England. I was born a mere 6 miles from the same Rothbury in a tiny hamlet called Hepple. Rothbury was our closest market (‘shopping’) centre. I’m intimately familiar with all the iconic totems cited in John Elliott’s early life. Even the steppingstones across the River Coquet near to the old Rothbury Sale Yards where Dad sold our sheep and cattle.

Featured Image: ‘A settler’s home, N.S.W.’, by Auchmuty Library UON. It may be that this image depicts the lifestyle (and challenges) faced by the Elliott family following their relocation to Buttai but is NOT a photograph of the Elliott family?

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Dr Jake Malmo

Dr Jake Malmo

Jake Malmo was a brilliant veterinarian. I met him a few times at AVA governance meetings over many years throughout the 1970s and 1980s. I cannot think of another individual so dedicated to his professional calling. My old boss stated among many other characteristic aphorisms that ‘there is more to life than work’ although absolutely committed to his profession himself. I think for Jake they were one and the same thing. Was it Oscar Wilde who stated: “Work; curse of the drinking class”. I wouldn’t go quite that far although there were ‘times in one’s life’? Look what happened to old Oscar!

I’ll leave the tributes and accolades to those best placed to remember an extraordinary man and an even more exceptional professional.

Monday 20 March 2023

AVA Member Communication

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jakob Malmo, a highly respected veterinarian who dedicated his life to the advancement of veterinary medicine. Jakob made significant contributions to the profession through his teaching, research, and practice, and his legacy will live on for generations to come. In the obituary below, AVA Director David Beggs pays tribute to Jakob’s remarkable life and achievements.

Dr Malmo’s service will be held at the Maffra Football Club Function Rooms, Newry Rd Maffra on Thursday 23rd March 2023 commencing at 12:30 pm, followed by burial at the Maffra Cemetery.

A live stream of the service will be available – Please click here for live stream.

Vale Dr Jakob Malmo AO

Jakob Malmo once said he was bred to be a cattle vet. Son of a veterinarian who immigrated from Norway around the time of the Great Depression, his earliest recollections were driving around the Maffra area with his dad. The nearest vet neighbours were Dandenong and Wollongong.

He graduated from Sydney in 1961 and never looked back.

Jakob set up the Maffra Rural Veterinary Unit in his practice in the 1970s and in the preface to his latest textbook estimates that 1500+ undergraduates have passed through there. He lectured, examined and was instrumental in the course design at The University of Melbourne, but also at all other Australasian universities.

A quote from Jakob when he was appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow within the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary Science:

“One of the things that has maintained my enthusiasm for cattle practice over the last 50 years has been the continued exposure to young, enthusiastic, bright undergraduates who are keen to learn, keen to get hands on experience and who ask challenging questions.”

Jakob was instrumental in setting up the Dairy Resident’s Program at the University of Melbourne, and he was actively involved in setting up the Dairy Masters program in the ’90s which has had a huge impact on the profession – many current identities in the dairy industry owe much to this program.

Jakob, a registered specialist, spoke at too many conferences to count. He held positions in the AVA and ACV. He was on the World Buiatrics Congress committee when it was held in Sydney. He presented more than 30 conference presentations at ACV/AVA conferences and wrote numerous articles for the ACV journal. He was awarded the T. G. Hungerford Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Education in 1988.

Jakob inspired many young veterinarians to continue their veterinary careers in the area of cattle. He authored textbooks (Diseases of Cattle in Australasia most recently is in its second edition) and was a strong advocate for providing good support to recent graduates in the profession. He was appointed a Councilor of the World Veterinary Association in 2009.

Apart from his major contribution to a sustainable and expert veterinary profession, Jakob owned two dairy farms, and was awarded the Pitmann prize for his contributions to the Macalister Demonstration farm.

He was involved in much research over the years having supervised many higher degree students, and provided original research of much value to the cattle industry. He was instrumental in the concept of developing ‘Herd Health’ programs for dairy farmers in Australia and sought to solve many problems in the dairy industry – for example, he set up and became coordinator for Dairy Australia’s spore monitoring program in response to outbreaks of facial eczema that were becoming increasingly frequent.

Jakob was a fellow of the Australian Veterinary Association, a life member of the Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians, an honorary member of the Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians of the New Zealand Veterinary Association and one of four fellows of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Dairy Cattle Management and Disease).

He was one of three registered veterinary specialists in cattle medicine in Victoria and was, in 1994, was awarded the honour of Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the veterinary industry, veterinary education and the dairy industry. He also received the highest award in the Australian Veterinary Association, the Gilruth Prize. It is likely that he was the oldest/longest serving practicing ACV member.

Jakob was a rare combination – a cattle vet that after 50 years in practice still treated sick and lame cows, and at the same time provided sage advice and input at levels as high as the World Veterinary Association. He was a mentor and teacher to hundreds (if not thousands) of vets.

In 2013 he won the Australian Cattle Veterinarian’s most senior prize – Bovine Practitioner of the Year.

Jakob remained a “salt of the earth” vet whilst at the same time being a high achiever. An uncommon combination. Vale Jakob, and thank you.


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Too Hot to Trot or Gallop.

Too Hot to Trot or Gallop.

I/we were greatly looking forward to the Scone Race Club’s special meeting on Sunday 19 March 2023: the Newhaven Park Northern Wildcard Race Day

We received the following email on Sat 18/03/2023 6:06 PM from the Events Manager of Scone Race Club:

Sunday’s Race Day Postponed

“Unfortunately, tomorrow’s race day has been postponed due to the high temperatures predicted.
We apologies for this as we were all looking forward to a wonderful day of racing”.



Although disappointed I’d been expecting it. The BOM forecast for the daily maximum was 39 degrees Celsius by mid-afternoon. A fierce hot weather ‘storm’ had descended over and enveloped most of NSW as predicted. The prospect was dire for the scheduled meeting at our Satur racetrack. The prescient decision by the racing authorities to make an early call proved to be correct. The meeting was postponed for 24 hours with the identical program to be run on Monday 20th March 2023. I went out to the track @ 4:00pm on Sunday (19/03/23). It was stiflingly hot. The temperature gauge in my car was hovering between 39 & 40 degrees Celsius. I was the only person there although my little JR terrier Joe was struggling. 100+ migratory swallows were making best use of the open-ended corridor in the public viewing facility, flitting around in the only cool shade with a slight zephyr which helped. They were joined by a small number of percipient Willie Wagtails doing the same thing. They were the only living creatures present.

It’s a ‘mild’ 22 degrees @ 08:30am (20/03/23) as I write this with a projected maximum of 28 degrees. The prospects for the meeting are good albeit at the cost of severe revenue reduction to the SRC. The show goes on!


Racing NSW Policies – Racing New South Wales

Click on ‘Racing in Hot Weather


This policy is in place to protect the welfare of and minimize the effects on race participants during hot summer days at all New South Wales race tracks. Further information on workplace health and safety in hot weather is available on the following websites:

http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Publications/LawandPolicy/CodesOfPracti ce/cop_hotcoldinv_309.pdf

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/factsheets/environmental/heat_stroke.html December 2018

See also: Heat stress in the horse (ava.com.au)

See also: Should horse races be permitted in very hot weather? – RSPCA Knowledgebase

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Mongolian Derby 2017

Mongolian Derby 2017

See: Mongolian Derby: Australian Olympian Ed Fernon wins world’s toughest horse race – ABC News

Featured Image: Beginning of the Mongolian Derby 2017

Mongolian Derby: Australian Olympian Ed Fernon wins world’s toughest horse race

A young Australian Olympian has won the longest and toughest horse race in the world.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ed Fernon conquered the gruelling Mongolian Derby, crossing the finish line with South African Barry Armitage in equal first after a nail-biting race to the finish.

The 2017 race saw 12 men and 24 women from nine countries riding 1,000 kilometres across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.

Mostly riding full tilt, they charge through the rugged terrain of the Mongolian Steppes, fording rivers, deserts and wide-open plains on a course that is designed to recreate Genghis Khan’s ancient postal system.

It puts to the test the competitor’s survival skills, horsemanship and sheer endurance.

Competitors change horses every 40 kilometres and camp out under the stars or stay with local herders.

Horses will often injure the participants if badly handled, and riders are also given penalties if they overwork the tough Mongolian ponies.

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The Mongol Empire’s Best Weapon: The Mongolian Horse

The Mongol Empire’s Best Weapon: The Mongolian Horse

See: The Mongol Empire’s Best Weapon: The Mongolian Horse – History (historyonthenet.com)

Featured Image: ‘The Mongol Empire’; acknowledge From racecourses to CPD courses, plenty to get your heart racing. randlab@randlab.com.au

The Mongol army’s battle tactics depended on their sturdy, agile and durable horses. With their Mongol horses and compound bows, the Mongol armies conquered lands from China to Hungary, from northern India to Russia.

The Mongol armies revered their horses and took care of them. Every soldier had four to six horses, and he would switch from riding one to another during a day’s campaign, ensuring that no one horse was ridden to exhaustion. This greatly enhanced the Mongol army’s mobility: they could and did travel great distances, often covering 60 to 100 miles in a day. Because of this unheard-of mobility, no other army could match them.

Mongol battle tactics stemmed from the Mongol’s nomadic lifestyle. Mongols spent their lives on horseback, herding and hunting. These skills easily transferred to warfare. The Mongol army trained every day in horsemanship, archery, hand-to-hand combat and in battle formations and drills. Their generals tried to anticipate every possible enemy move, and then trained their soldiers to counteract those moves. All Mongol warriors and their horses received this constant training, making them the best disciplined fighting force in the world.

In contrast, European armies had only a few trained professional warriors, the knights, and men-at-arms. The rest were farmers, peasants and blacksmiths who were required to fight by feudal laws, but who received only a day or two of battle training.

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Ride for a cure


Featured Image: 

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/ride-for-a-cure-mongolian-derby/



Into the wilderness of the Mongolian terrain, through extremes of heat and cold, wild dogs and native wolves, dust and driving rain, there are many elements that make up the Mongol Derby. Known to be the longest and toughest horse race on earth, its unpredictable nature makes it a risk for those who dare to take it on. Guess who’s taking on this challenge? Yep of course, our one and only Kiss Goodbye to MS supporters. This August, four young Aussie brothers Ed, Henry, Jack and Rob will buckle up their straps to go on the ride of their lives!

You may ask yourself why they would take on such a challenge (we did too!)? They are riding for their father and uncle Rob Bell. When Rob was younger he was a fine horseman and dreamt of doing a safari on a horseback. Unfortunately Rob’s life took a turn when he was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 2011. Rob is now wheelchair bound and struggles with the simplest of tasks every day.

The Bell’s knowledge of MS was very little. Henry, Rob’s son told us “There were no family traces of MS, we only knew one person with it. To be honest, we did not know enough about the disease to realise how scary the proposition of dad living with MS was. However, over time, we understood the severity of the disease and were a little scared that there was such limited treatment available”.

The brothers are now on a mission to raise funds for MS research to find a cure for MS by doing what Rob loves the most, horse riding! Rob always had a strong influence on the brother’s relationship to horses. “Rob can always pick a good horse when he sees one”, said Jack, Henry’s cousin. “He’s always been extremely enthusiastic with the breeding of horses and has a good eye when it comes to picking the right horse. “

Come August, the brothers won’t ride on carefully picked horses, instead they have to complete the derby on wild Mongolian horses (no more smooth riding!). The race is a 1000km endurance horse race which ranges through the Mongolian Steppe and it will have the boys in the saddle over 10 days (that’s if they make it!). The course was developed by Genghis Khan in 1224 and it recreates the horse’s messenger system. Ed, Rob, Jack and Henry are required to change their wild horse every 40km and if they don’t make it to their final checkpoint for the day on time, they have to sleep under the stars – doesn’t sound too bad right!?

Let’s cut to the chase, the four young Aussie brothers will be riding across a country they have never been to, competing in an event that very few people have even heard of, let alone can comprehend – this won’t be a casual ride through beautiful Mongolia! But the guys are more committed than ever. Rob’s determination and mental strength that he shows on a daily basis will keep the guys going on their two week adventure. “Persistence and a never give up attitude is what Rob has taught me”, said Ed, “Being able to deal with unyielding difficulty, as he does, will make our 10 days and 1000km nothing in comparison”.

Sore hands and bottoms guaranteed, the Ride for a Cure guys are in for a wild one! They are taking on the ride of their lives, a challenge worthy of their uncle, their dad! Come along for the ride and support their fundraising for MS research and Kiss Goodbye to MS here!

Dr Angus O McKinnon OAM

Dr Angus O McKinnon OAM

Featured Image: ‘Australia’s own cutting-edge cowboy’

Acknowledge: Randlab randlab@randlab.com.au

Angus O. McKinnon OAM

BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP . BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP.

Angus graduated from Melbourne University in 1978, and worked in private practice for a year, before heading to Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1980 to work and study for a Diploma in Large Animal Medicine. He continued at Ontario Veterinary College as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction for the period 1982-84.

Angus then travelled to Colorado State University, USA, where he was employed as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Field Service 1984-1988, and as Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and Field Service 1988

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‘Big Dreams on a little Pony’

‘Big Dreams on a little Pony’

Acknowledge: Randlab randlab@randlab.com.au

‘Frrom racecourses to CPD courses, plenty to get your heart racing’.

Featured Image: ‘Big Dreams on a little Pony’ (Randlab) ‘Marieke’s Mongolian Odyssey’

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/ride-for-a-cure-mongolian-derby/

Marieke Schnebeli has been dreaming of riding in the Mongol Derby since she first heard of the race 15 years ago. She was thrilled to find out last year that she had been selected for this year’s race. It costs about $30K in entrance fees (US$16K), airfares, lightweight camping gear, provisions, etc to ride in the race. Randlab is one of Marieke’s sponsors for her 2023 Mongolian Odyssey.

The Mongol Derby is the world’s most enduring race. The race is run annually in August covers 1000km in ten days through a variety of remote and unmarked terrains. Competitors ride for 10-14 hours per day. The route changes annually.

The race was first run in 2009 and mimics the famous postal route based on a network of horse stations established by Genghis Khan in 1224. The Derby attracts an international select cast of 44 riders and nearly 500 support crew. Not to mention 1500 Mongolian horses. Only half the riders will complete the event.

The Mongol horse is little changed from the days of Genghis Khan. They are pony sized, standing 12-14hh and weigh between 224-275Kg, 220kg of which is attitude. Mongol horses (4.1M) outnumber the Mongolian human population (3.4M). Horses live outdoors throughout the year surviving temperatures from -40°C to 30°C. Some winters up to a third of the herd may be lost. It is truly survival of the fittest.

The horses are semi-broken and owned by the nomadic tribesmen of the region. The herders do not name their horses, which are identified by their coat colour. There are over 500 different coat colours described, more than any other breed.

Riders swap horses every ~35-40km. The horses must then undergo a veterinary examination at each of these check points and must be returned in “good condition” with a normal heart rate, not dehydrated or lame, etc or riders risk incurring a 2-hour time penalty.

Each horse is limited to a 85kg payload, including rider and a maximum of 5kg of luggage. The race is more a battle of strategy, stamina and strength than riding ability. A psychological tripwire against yourself, the environment, the elements (wolves, bears, marauding tribesmen, unstable weather) and the other contestants.

Marieke will also be raising money for the Steppe and Hoof charity which helps herders and animals in Mongolia.

Randlab is proud to be one of Marieke’s sponsors. You can also be part of Marieke’s journey by donating to her Gofundme page by clicking here

Annabel Neasham wins Mongolian Derby 2018

Annabel Neasham wins Mongolian Derby 2018

Acknowledge: Randlab randlab@randlab.com.au

‘From racecourses to CPD courses, plenty to get your heart racing’.

Featured Image: Annabel Neasham congratulated on winning the Mongol Derby 2018 by her fellow co-rider Adrian Corboy

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/ride-for-a-cure-mongolian-derby/ 

From the Mongol Derby to the Golden Slipper (2023). In less than five years Warwick Farm trainer Annabel Neasham (right) is hoping to go from winning the Mongol Derby (with fellow co-rider Adrian Corboy) to training the winner of the Golden Slipper winner. Annabel, who was a last minute replacement in the Derby for her injured boss at the time Ciaron Maher, will saddle up the pre-post favourite, ‘Learning to Fly’ in the World’s richest 2yo race at the end of March.

Australians have won 4 of the eleven running’s of the Derby and are currently tied at the head of the leader board with South Africa.

Gina Lollobrigida @ Wangaratta 1975

Gina Lollobrigida @ Wangaratta 1975

Featured Image: Gina Lollobrigida @ Wangaratta Stock Horse Show in 1975

Earlier I posted a Blog’ featuring reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II admiring champion thoroughbred stallion ‘Without Fear’ in 1976.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/without-fear-qe-ii-in-1976/

She is escorted by leading Australian Trainer and Stud Master Colin Hayes. An expert herself QE II appears very much at ease in such company.

The Italian ‘Queen-of-the-Screen Siren’ Gina Lollobrigida much less so. This ‘Wangaratta’ meeting might rank amongst the most implausible and unlikely of encounters it is possible to imagine! “Mama Mia” in spades! Maybe HM Gina did not know what ‘Wangaratta’ meant or indeed what to expect?

Occasionally I whimsically reflect on the identity of the charming young female competitor in the background? She’d be a mature lady in her 60s today. She might not want to be named! It wouldn’t be the first time I/we have ‘identified’ unknown protagonists appearing in these featured images. Denouement is usually forthcoming from family members.

Gina Lollobrigida 1975

Gina also attended the races @ Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on Saturday 29 March 1975.

“The day a Hollywood superstar graced the Rocky racetrack” was the ecstatic headline in the Townsville Bulletin of the day.