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SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC. STALLION WALKER NEWSLETTER ­ EDITION 16

Shire Horse Breeders

A U S T R A L I A I N C.

The newsletter of

Providence Lady Jasmine

Champion, Shire Horse Show, Peterborough, UK 2010

Photo courtesy John Zawadzki, Clydesdales International & Shires Today

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President's Report

We held our Annual General Meeting on Sunday 16th May 2010. The meeting was well attended considering the geographic spread of our membership and we are grateful to Brooke and Colleen Carrington and Kosh Radford for making their home available for the meeting. As President of our Society, the year since the 2009 Annual General Meeting has been a very busy one for me. I have attended the Melbourne, Perth, Peterborough, Sydney, Gatton and many local shows to promote Australian Shires and to meet our members. All have been enjoyable and I must thank all those members who have assisted me in their local regions to make my visits productive and pleasant.

Peter McKeon

Your Society as a whole has also been promoting Shires to the Australian public. Shires have been exhibited at Sydney, Brisbane and Perth Royal Shows; Shire classes will be included in next years Canberra Royal Show. Shires are also shown at many local shows by their proud owners. Our website has been updated and we have attended to many enquiries about the Shire breed throughout the year. During the next 12 months, I would like to see several "on farm" training days, where our members can get together to learn more about keeping, breeding and showing Shires. Your Committee is in favour of such training days and the first will be arranged as soon as practical. A lot of members have asked about our next Australian National Show. Due to the substantial commitment of time, your Committee has decided that the show should be held each second year until it becomes practicable to resume annual shows. Planning for the 2011 show is underway. Subject to final confirmation, it will be held at the Hawkesbury showgrounds on the weekend of 26th and 27th March 2011. There is a defined list of responsibilities to be assigned to individuals to assure the show proceeds successfully. Your Committee is indebted to members who have offered assistance in past years and whose contribution has been invaluable. If you can take on any particular responsibility for the 2011 show, I would be very pleased to hear from you; my contact details are on the next page. Given that this Presidents report summarises the preceding year, I would like to thank our Secretary, Terry Parks, for all her work and efforts during the year. As you all know too well, in small societies like ours, the workload often falls upon those who are most willing and Terry has been outstanding in this regard. I welcome Greg Lewis as a newly elected Committee member, and as the Treasurer of our Society. In doing so, I express our societys sincere appreciation to Rob Young, who retired at this election. We wish Rob and Heather all the best in every day, both personally and in their business. In closing, I note the death of Arclid Minshull Monty in the U.K. "Monty" was a Peterborough champion and a Super Premium stallion. The loss of such a horse is inevitably a bitter blow; particularly at such a young age. We extend our sincere condolences to Tony and Sandra Bull.

Disclaimer The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of Shire Horse Breeders

Australia Inc. or its members. The editor assumes no responsibility whatsoever for the correctness, content, use or interpretation of articles and advertisements included in this publication.

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Shire Horse Breeders Australia Inc. Committee Members

Society Correspondence

Please send all mail to the Secretary.

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The National Shire Show ­ Peterborough 2010

By: Peter R McKeon

I attended the National Shire Show in March 2010 with my good friend Bill Lambert. This was my second visit to Peterborough in three years and there is no doubt that the indoor facility at the new EXEC centre is a wonderful venue to exhibit and showcase the Shire breed. This years show had a few more entries than in the previous year and the standard and the quality of both led and harness exhibits seemed to me to be greatly improved. Day one is for males and a quality line-up of colts and stallions was paraded for the judges approval. All the classes were strongly contested with quality evident throughout each class. The highlight for me was the two year old and Junior Champion colt Trem-Y-Wyddfa Richard, a black colt bred by the Griffith Family in Wales and now owned by Jason Holder of Glostershire. Here was a two year old that was nearly 18 hands tall with great feet, beautiful hocks, a fabulous top line and action and movement that impressed most of the knowledgeable horsemen around the ring. This horse is a great example of the Shire breed and I am certain we will hear a great deal more about him. The Senior stallion class was also a highlight. The top 10-12 stallions all had quality, size and action that impressed the large crowd (maybe four & five deep) around the ring. All these stallions would help improve the breed back home here in Australia. The top four stallions were outstanding examples of the Shire and the judges, Alaistair King from Cheshire and Neil Wright from Lincolnshire did a marvellous job in placing this quality line up. The top four were: 1. 2. 3. 4. Boothay Richard by Ithersay Black Knight. Penrhos Brave Heart by Acle Merlyn Brownroyd Dark Shaddow by Landcliffe Tomahawk Arclid Minshull Monty by Stanthorpe Monty

The overall Stallion winner was the four year old class champion, Milnerfield Sir William, sired by Moorfield Edward. This is a well grown and active bay horse showing plenty of Shire quality. He is owned and exhibited by Mr & Mrs C Malkin." Day two is for the females and again we were treated to large classes of quality Shires. The judges were Tony Wass and Karin Anger (Germany) who did a fine job in assessing the classes without the requirement of a referee. However, in my eyes, there were no real standouts, as in the Stallion classes. The Champions were: 1. Junior Champion. Bodafon Sophie by Brickell Tom Davis 2. Senior Champion. Providence Lady Jasmine by Isles Field Danny Bay. {Grand Champion.} The gelding classes were very strong as were the harness classes. The Show is a great opportunity to see the best Shires in the United Kingdom and to catch up with the many exhibitors and Shire enthusiasts from all over the world. This year there were enthusiasts from Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Finland, United States of America, Canada as well as we from Australia. The Show has an international flavour and is a great place to learn about Shires in all parts of the world. I would like to publicly thank our English and Welsh friends for their kindness and hospitality during our trip and congratulate the Shire Horse Society for putting on such a great Show. I urge all Australian Shire enthusiasts to attend the show to learn firsthand about Shires and to support the greatest Shire Show on Earth.

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UPSIZING RIDING SKILLS

My family has owned horses since before I was born. Several of those horses lived over 30 years, but my family never had exposure to the heavy horse world. Being of Dutch heritage on my fathers side, height has always been to my advantage. I always rode a horse that was 16 hands and over. My mother Colleen, being short, was always comfortable on something around 14.2 hands. But when I realised my ambition to own Shires, Colleen became similarly infatuated with our new family members. I am sure that when I became addicted to Shires and jumped on my first horse Mingara Lady Charlotte, my mother was not at ease. This was what we thought was a big strong horse and only the crazy age of two years old. Well there was no turning back. She was even ridden by my three year old niece. After we bought our Shire gelding, and started to break him in to saddle, taking one horse to shows to ride just made no sense! Therefore there was a saddle to fill, and Colleen stepped up in her boots! She rode to the occasion, riding at the Sydney royal Easter show in 2009, in front of Bill Bedford. She was a little nervous, but did such a great workout, even including a flying change! Mum was placed second and we were just beside ourselves. She often mentions this as a highlight of her horsing career, doing so well, and riding with her daughter in the main arena at the Royal. Little did she know, that things were about to evolve, she was about to be upgraded to a larger horse again. Sonata had arrived at her new home with us. Mum had tried to ride her; however she was a little too "wide" for mums hips to stretch. The gelding was the new challenge for mum. After many hours, and very sore arthritic fingers, hips and knees, mum decided she would give the Sydney Royal in 2010 a go! I was delighted that she had decided to do it all again! With only weeks to prepare, we went trail riding to get a feel for our new mounts. The gelding, Jack had proved very strong for mum. There were many days where she thought she may not be able to proceed. Hips aching, the body not used to the change in size. We decided that if it could not be done, there is no point in risking anything. Thankfully, we went to the Royal, and decided, what will be on the day will be. Mum was as cool as. The arena was wet due to the morning rain, we were concerned if there was cantering in the workout, was it safe. I thought mum would not canter. Watching her work out, she broke into the figure of eight canter and did a perfect workout! She received third place, and once again, we had done ourselves proud as the mother daughter team! She then backed up to ride with me again at Hawkesbury show in the ridden classes and the grand parade. The pride I feel in my mums achievements would be significant in any circumstances, but acknowledging that she didnt start riding Shires until she was 58 and is still doing so at 60 will help everyone understand why I consider her so remarkable. So I would like to say, a BIG thank you to mum and that I am VERY proud of her. Heres to many more shows!

Brooke Carrington

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GATTON HEAVY HORSE FIELD DAYS By Peter R McKeon In March 2010 I was delighted to receive an invitation to judge the Shires at the Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days in Queensland on the 1st and 2nd May 2010. The last time I was at these field days was six years ago so I was delighted to accept. The Field Days are promoted as "the largest of its type in Australia" and are dedicated to the working horse. Principal breed participants are Shires, Clydesdales, Australian Draughts and Percherons, but cameo appearances are made by Belgians and other heavy breeds. Classes include log snigging, slide driving, ploughing, long reigning and traditional harness classes. I found the Show to be professionally run under Teresa McCoombes, the current President. She had an excellent team of stewards and helpers and all events were run in a competent and timely manner. The Field Days are well promoted and attract large crowds of the public who appreciate the efforts of the exhibitors and have a keen interest in the Heavy and Working Horse. This year attractions included blacksmiths, the farriers draught horse shoeing competition, Arts & Craft displays, heavy horse barrel racing, and various Breed displays. Special features this year were the Carlton United Brewery Team with their Clydesdales and Jane Greenman with Luscombe Nodram ( "Noddy") the Worlds tallest horse. There were excellent entries in the Clydesdale led classes, while the Percherons, Australian Draughts and Shires all had reasonable entries to ensure the overall event was a success. The Shires, mainly exhibited by Sue & Chris Bailey and Dale & Katrina Deacon were of a good standard and well presented. My Champions, Luscombe Magnus and Deacons Gate Salazar were worthy winners and proudly represented the Shire Breed in the interbreed classes but came against strong competition from the Clydesdales who won these classes. The Shire folk had a small gathering on the Saturday evening which was most enjoyable. Thank you to Sue and Chris Bailey for organising the evening. I can highly recommend the Field Days to potential exhibitors and to those who love Shires and the heavy horse.

Eight abreast ploughing at Gatton 2010 The horses are owned by Terry Herman and were driven at various times by Joe Jetson, Nev Schmidt (shown), Debbie Buckland and Stephanie Clark.

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St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days

Article by Brooke Carrignton

With a beautiful sunny day ahead, preparations began early at the camp. A nervous Tony May was running around with his and Kays stallion Beandema Samson (Sammy). First up was the 4 yo and over stallion class. Sammy was placed first over a gypsy vanner. Southern Cross Major won in the 3 yo class. A large mare class was put forward with Clydesdales in first, second and third place. The gelding class was split into breeds; Mingara Jack won for the Shires with Muwarra Digger in second place. Everyone waited in anticipation of the coveted Supreme Heavy Horse to be awarded. The horses were put forward, a class of eight in total. There was a long wait, some horses worked out twice. But there was a very ecstatic man in the ring when Beandema Samson was awarded "Supreme Heavy Horse Exhibit". Reserve was given to a clydesdale that had been sold at the show the year previously. Tony, Kay and Sammy were very deserving of the award. Sammy was well behaved all weekend, and stood proud in the ring with his owner. The ridden classes were next, with another large class of nine riders. A local rider excelled and was placed first, with Brooke Carrington and Ballafayle Sonata in second and a junior rider Jessica on a Clydesdale in third place. Under the warmth of the sun, the exhibitors began to harness up, and the harness classes were under way with several different vehicles on display. A great weekend was had by all, and special congratulations must go to Tony and Kay May. It was great to see a well behaved, presented and deserving Shire win the show. Well done.

BEANDEMA SAMSON, SHOWN BY TONY MAY "Sammy" is by Wyee King Solomon, out of Wyee Bonnie Lass Thanks to Lee Willis for the photograph

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SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW

All people who exhibited Shires at this years Sydney Royal are to be highly commended for their equanimity, adaptability and resilience. The Shire classes had been scheduled and formally documented in the horse program for the afternoon. At 3:45pm the day before the classes, the Secretary of each Australian Shire society was advised that the Shire classes would start at 9:30am on the Sunday, instead of after lunch. Initial enquiries failed to elicit an explanation. Later, the reason was given that there were six "rings" scheduled for the arena in the afternoon and a maximum of five were acceptable; pity no one at RAS NSW had noticed this before the times were set and the catalogues were printed. With typical aplomb, all the Shire exhibitors managed to have their horses beautifully presented about five hours earlier than had been planned. Contacting a major sponsor, Ranvet, was difficult because in arranging for their very generous participation, SHBA Inc had invariably liaised during business hours. The Ranvet CEO, Des Lawlor, had committed to attend the classes to present the Ranvet prizes. It took quite a bit of detective work and many telephone calls to contact him on the Saturday to advise him of the changed times, but such was achieved. Resilience was needed because it was a thoroughly dreadful day; bitterly cold with strong winds. Notwithstanding these challenges, it was very pleasing to see so many Shires, a record number of entries for the Sydney Royal, so beautifully presented and put forward. The Gelding, Mare and Junior classes were particularly well supported with good quality Shires from top to bottom of the class. All winners and place getters were excided at achieving their placings in the competitive fields. There was a good spirit and camaraderie between the exhibitors which made the show enjoyable for all. There is no doubt that the influence of imported Shires from the UK in the last decade is having a major influence on the quality and style of the current Shires as each winner was sired by an imported Stallion. In the next few years it is anticipated that the Shires at Sydney will match the numbers of the more established Clydesdales which will be an exciting achievement. Congratulations to Helen, Korrie and Ineke Kuiper whose stunning filly Ingleside Lucinda was awarded Best Shire for the 2010 show.

Ingleside Lucinda

Best Shire Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010

Humans left to right; Maurice Irvine (Judge), Des Lawlor (Ranvet), Sheridan Oxenham, Terry Parks

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SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW ­ SHIRE RESULTS 2010

CLASS Shire Colt or Filly, 2 years and under Shire Colt or Filly, 3 years Shire Stallion, 4 years and over Shire Mare, 4 years and over Shire Gelding, any age Ridden Shire Best Shire Exhibit # entries 7 2 1 7 9 9 WINNER Ingleside Lucinda Southern Cross Diamond Princess Cedars Majestic Dothan Stewardess Southern Cross Nickolas Muwarra Digger Ingleside Lucinda SIRE Oakridge Speculator Arclid Adonis Ladbrook Edward Knutsford Commander Arclid Adonis Arclid Adonis Oakridge Speculator EXHIBITOR K, H, & I Kuiper P & M McKeon Helene Scarf P & M McKeon P & M McKeon Ian Scarborough K, H, & I Kuiper

Cedars Majestic

Muwarra Digger

Dothan Stewardess

Southern Cross Nickolas Southern Cross Diamond Princess

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Breeding Shires Using Frozen Semen

By Peter R McKeon This article first appeared in the Shire Horse Society's newsletter of July 2010 One of the great difficulties that we face as horse breeders in Australia is the vast size if this continent. Our Shire breeders are in all States. Just to give you an example, the distance from Melbourne to Brisbane is approximately 1670 kilometres by road (or 1037 miles).This means that many of the horse breeders here (including Shire breeders) live a long distance from stallion owners. Accordingly, this can necessitate trips of 6-20 hours to take your mare (and sometimes a very young foal) to the most suitable stallion. The great advantage of frozen semen is that it can give the mare owner the flexibility to choose a stallion of his/her choice and have his/her mare inseminated on farm, or at a local veterinary practice thus eliminating the tyranny of distance and travelling livestock long distances. For at least 50 years Australian cattlemen have been using this technology so the process of collecting and freezing semen, storing, transporting, thawing and inseminating is well known to many of our veterinarians. Our equine veterinarians have now learnt the technology and with portable scanners are able to accurately assess the size of follicle to determine the optimum time of breeding. They also now have experience with the best practices, achieving excellent results. Our own experience since we started out with Shires has been overwhelmingly positive and the use of United Kingdom stallions, Trelow Father Abraham, Walton Supreme, Nottage Trump Card and Moorfield Edward, has given us the opportunity to use these excellent genetics and gradually improve the base of mares that we own. Over the last few years we have achieved the following results using frozen semen over those mares that we believe are the most fertile, as they are the best candidates for frozen semen insemination. NUMBER OF MARES BRED 9 NUMBER OF FOALS BORN 8 DOSES OF FROZEN SEMEN USED 12

This gives us a success rate of 66.66% which appears to be better than the average of around 55%. However, accurate data is hard to find so the percentages are estimates from talking to experienced veterinarians. Moreover, in the last two years we have bred five mares with five doses of frozen semen and have four live foals on the ground. This is a success rate of 80%. This success rate can be attributed to a better understanding of the breeding process by ourselves and our staff and the use of insemination veterinarians/technicians who are regularly using frozen semen to inseminate heavy horses. This is a most successful combination. There are many who say that artificial insemination is too expensive and time consuming. However if we do proper comparison of the costs and amortize the purchase price of a stallion used for live service over say five years then I believe the costs are relatively comparable. The benefits being you can have access to a greater range of stallions to suit your particular mares. In our case we also own a stallion that we use over maidens and over mares that are not suitable for artificial insemination due to age, health, or just being a difficult breeder. I am sure that frozen semen is going to give Shire owners flexibility in their breeding programmes and its use will continue to grow and expand on a Worldwide basis as we strive to breed the best Shire.

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The next step in artificial breeding is frozen embryos. Currently we have been flushing ,,fresh embryos and having them transferred non-surgically into recipient mares .This year we have flushed one mare three times for two positive pregnancies. One embryo has been frozen as we did not have a suitable recipient; it will be transferred later this year. I will report on our success or failures with this technology in a follow up report.

Deacons Gate Salazar

Successfully bred by Katrina and Dale Deacon using frozen semen from Arclid Minshull Monty (U.K.)

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AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SHIRE HORSE SHOW

The Australian National Shire Horse Show will return in 2011.

Subject to final confirmation, the Show will be held at the Hawkesbury Showgrounds on the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2011. After consultation with members who exhibited at Moss Vale in April 2009 and experienced the unseasonal cold and gale force winds, a change of venue was favoured by the majority.

WARTS

Youll hopefully remember the photo on the left from the last edition of The Stallion Walker. The veterinary article that accompanied the photo stated "In most circumstances, the infection is selflimiting and there should be no complications". Were delighted to report that this was shown to be true and the warts disappeared without scarring; see photo at right. Thanks to Joe Jetson for the update.

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DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS IN FOALS/WEANLINGS

John Edwards and I (Terry Parks) spent the month of June in England. It was very interesting to hear from English breeders some of the problems that developed in pure bred Shire foals that presented as perfectly healthy at birth. Wobblers and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), both developmental orthopaedic diseases, and Joint Ill, are three such conditions that were cited. Those of you with Internet access will find a wealth of information if you Google each of these conditions, the following excerpts describe each.

WOBBLERS

The following is an extract from a paper written by the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture. Wobbler Syndrome refers to a number of disease states in the horse. The most common is termed cervical vertebral malformation (CVM) and is characterized by malformation or compression of the spinal cord which leads to spasticity, ataxia, and in-coordination. These symptoms are caused by damage to or compression on the spinal cord. Cervical vertebral instability (CVI) and cervical static stenosis (CSS) are the two distinct types of CVM. CVI causes dynamic spinal cord compression. It typically affects horses from 4-12 months of age. CSS typically affects horses between 12-36 months of age and is characterized by a closing of the cervical canal causing compression on the spinal cord. The compression, malformation or lesions of CVM usually occur between the third and fifth cervical vertebrae. The miniature horse is the only breed that has escaped diagnosis of the Wobbler syndrome. Causes The exact cause of the wobbler syndrome in horses is unknown. It is believed that the syndrome is caused by several factors: (1) genetic predisposition, (2) nutritional imbalances, (3) rapid growth, (4) physical trauma, or (5) a combination of these. Researchers have suggested that the wobbler syndrome is related to neck length, implying the longer the neck, the more likely the horse is to develop the syndrome. Surveys have shown that males with wobbler syndrome out-number females three to one. The reason for this sex difference is not fully understood. However, the difference may result from the influence of estrogen and testosterone on rate of growth or on the development of orthopedic disease. The breeding of two wobbler parents does not always increase the incidence of the syndrome in the offspring. However, other metabolic bone disorders such as osteochondrosis, physitis, and contracted tendons are more common in the offspring of wobbler parents. Nutritional imbalances and physical trauma are two causes that are the easiest to control. Nutritional imbalances can be avoided by feeding a balanced ration that meets the nutrient requirements for the particular class of horse being fed. Treatments Horses with this syndrome can be treated in different ways, either through drug therapy, surgery, or aggressive management. In the long term, complete recovery and return to normal athletic pursuits have occurred in 50-55% of the cases.

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OSTEOCHONDRITIS DISSECANS (OCD)

Extract of an article by C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Diplomate ACVS, Professor and Director, Orthopaedic Research Center, Colorado State University OCD affects the articular (joint) cartilage, and often also involves the subchondral bone just beneath the cartilage surface. Generally a dissecting lesion develops that involves cartilage, or cartilage and bone, and the dissection plane ultimately reaches the joint surface. Although multiple joints can be affected, this is unusual and commonly only one joint is involved. However, bilateral involvement (both stifle joints or both hock joints etc.) is sufficiently common that the opposite joint should always be radiographed. Nonetheless it is uncommon for the hocks and stifles, or the stifles and shoulders, to be involved in the same animal at the same time. It is also uncommon to treat OCD in one joint(s) and have it develop at a later time in other joints. It is theorized that clinical signs develop when the joint surface is breached by the dissecting lesion. Sometimes the OCD fragment will completely detach and become a free body or joint mouse. In most cases however, the fragments remain loosely attached in their bone of origin, but the debris that is released into the joint from beneath the flap results in synovitis or joint inflammation, and the clinical signs of pain and lameness that are seen with the disease. OCD occurs in various joints: The Femoropatellar (Stifle) Joint The Tarsocrural (Hock) Joint (sometimes referred to as "blowing the hocks".) The Fetlock Joint The Dorsal Aspect of the Distal Metacarpus/Metatarsus (Fetlock Joint) Proximal Palmer/Plantar Fragments of the First Phalanx The Shoulder Joint

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JOINT-ILL (SEPTIC ARTHRITIS)

This article was published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in Horse and Hound Magazine.

Joint-ill in the foal is usually a result of a blood-borne infection (septicemia), often associated with problems such as lack of the vital first milk, known as colostrum, without which a foal will have inadequate immunity to fight off infection. Bugs invade frequently via the umbilicus, resulting in the dreaded navel-ill, where the umbilical stump goes septic. Abscesses that form around the navel may act as a reservoir of infection that seeds infection elsewhere. For various reasons, the bones and joints are particularly susceptible to infection. Joint-ill or septic arthritis tends to affect foals between five days and four months old. It is characterised by one or more painful swollen joints and lameness. Diagnosis involves tapping the joint to prove that it is infected and taking X-ray pictures to check for bone infection. Scanning can also help to check for associated navel-ill. Effective treatment frequently involves admission to an equine hospital for treatment with high doses of powerful (and often costly) antibiotics, which on their own would be insufficient without also cleaning the infection out of the affected joint or joints. This is usually done by "through and through" joint lavage, which involves inserting needles into either side of the infected joint and flushing it through with several litres of sterile saline. This can be performed under general anaesthesia or under sedation in some foals. Affected joints are usually repeatedly lavaged on alternate days until there is a clear improvement. The number of times that it needs to be done varies and, if successful, a foal may only need to have one such treatment. The large joints of the stifle, knee and fetlock are the most commonly affected. The quicker the treatment starts, the better the chances of controlling infection and restoring a functional joint, before it is irreversibly damaged with incurable arthritic change. The study also showed that the prognosis for survival following early recognition and treatment is favourable, but that it is reduced by the presence of other disease processes outside the infected joint. A key preventative measure for Joint Ill is to ensure that the umbilical area is disinfected immediately after birth.

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EAST OF ENGLAND SHOW ­ JUNE 2010

Robin Hood Stables Rosie, by Leverton Lucky Lad out of Headson Royal Primrose. Owner J. Verhoevens (Netherlands). Rosie was first in the Barren (Dry) Mare class. There was an entry of nine in the Class, with five absentees. Upon enquiry, we were told that the Class was a qualifying Class for the Shire Horse of the Year (SHOY). The five absentees had already qualified at other previous shows, hence the non-attendance on this perfect English Summer day.

Milnerfield Sir William; champion stallion, National Shire Horse Show, Peterborough UK 2010

Photo courtesy John Zawadzki, Clydesdales International & Shires Today

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MELTON MOWBRAY HEAVY HORSE SHOW JUNE 2010

Jim Yates with his gelding North Country King, by Sladbrook Sensation out of Bolenowe May Queen North Country King was judged the Best Exhibit of the show.

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STALLIONS RESIDENT IN AUSTRALIA This list shows stallions and notified colts that will reach the age of 2 in 2010 that are resident in Australia, based on information available from the Shire Horse Society Stud Book. Changes made since the 2008 Stud Book will not be reflected in this list. Corrections by the registered owners will be welcome, if applicable. All registered with the Shire Horse Society (UK) NAME OF STALLION ACLE DUKE (IMP) ARCLID ADONIS (IMP) BEANDAMA SAMSON BEWHOLME EDWARD (IMP) BEYECHE BYNG CEDARS MAJESTIC DEACONS GATE QUANTUM REBEL* INGLESIDE DANCER INGLESIDE ENTERPRISE* INGLESIDE MIGHT 'N' POWER LONGCOPY HADRIANO STONE CUT LONGCOPY HELVETICA BLACK LUSCOMBE WHATS WANTED LUSCOMBE MAGNUS LUSCOMBE TOBIAS SIRE BODERNOG MASTER BLACKDEN CHARLIE WYEE KING SOLOMON ISLES FIELD DANNY BOY LONGCOPY HELVETICA BLACK LADBROOK EDWARD TRELOW FATHER ABRAHAM INGLESIDE MIGHT 'N' POWER OAKRIDGE SPECULATOR WYEE ANTHONY LONGCOPY CHELTENHAM OLDSTYLE LONG COPY CHELTENHAM OLDSTYLE RUSKINGTON HARVESTER LUSCOMBE WHATS WANTED LUSCOMBE WHATS WANTED DAM ACLE PRIDE ACLE BELLADONNA WYEE BONNIE LASS BEWHOLME APRIL SUNRISE LONGCOPY BONNIE SNELSON LOUISE SOUTHERN CROSS CELESTIAL PEARL INGLESIDE ELIZABETH INGLESIDE ELIZABETH INGLESIDE MATILDA LONGCOPY BLADO CUMERAGH HOUSE KATE MIDDLECOT VICTORIA CEDARS ANNABELLA ALDRETH LADY JANE

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NAME OF STALLION OAKRIDGE SPECULATOR (IMP) SOUTHERN CROSS BOXER SOUTHERN CROSS SPITFIRE TOORA ABRAHAM ANSER* TOORA COUNT STRZELECKI TOORA OBERON STAR WYEE ANTHONY WYEE ARCHER WYEE KING SOLOMON SIRE LANCASHIRE SUPREME CEDARS CHARLEY WALTON SUPREME TRELOW FATHER ABRAHAM ARCLID ADONIS TRELOW FATHER ABRAHAM COWHILL SOVEREIGN WALTON SUPREME TRELOW FATHER ABRAHAM DAM OAKRIDGE CHARITY SOUTHERN CROSS MERABELLA ROSE GRONANT BEACH GIRL MUWARRA DIMITY PEARL MUWARRA DIMITY PEARL WYEE QUEEN OF HEARTS ALDRETH BECKY WYEE BONNIE LASS LONGCOPY SOVEREIGN KATE

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OWNER INEKE KUIPER ALYSSIA TURNER ANDREW & DEBBIE ORMOND TERRY PARKS & JOHN EDWARDS LAURIE JONES MARK VALLENDAR LESLEY MYE MARK & HELENA CREUS WAYNE & TONI JOHNSON

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NSW TAS QLD VIC QLD NSW NSW NSW QLD

* 2 year old inspection due 2010

EQUINE HERPES VIRUS IN TASMANIA

The Australian Horse Industry Council issued the following bulletin on 5th August, 2010. Equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV1) (abortigenic and neurological strains) - A recent outbreak of EHV1 in Tasmanian homebred mares where over 30% were affected including one death and several abortions, should remind Tasmanian horse owners to be aware of this disease. EHV1 is generally thought to be uncommon in the Tasmanian horse population although abortion that is highly suspicious of EHV1 is regularly reported in mares introduced from the mainland. EHV1 can be excreted by previously infected horses when they are stressed eg by transport or entering a new group. Care must be taken to keep introduced horses isolated from pregnant mares on your property. This includes not sharing water troughs, feed bins and other gear and not permitting over-the-fence contact. EHV1 can be easily spread by contact with aborted foetuses and associated materials so cleaning up after an abortion is a high priority. Vaccination is available as an aid in the control of EHV1 abortion, however vaccine alone will not prevent abortions. Your veterinarian should be consulted as a matter of urgency if you suspect EHV1 infection on your property so a management plan can be initiated as soon as possible to limit losses. EHV1 is a notifiable disease.

See more details about Equine Herpes at : http://www.horsecouncil.org.au/_Upload/Files/Equine%20Herpes.pdf

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SHIRES FOR SALE

SOUTHERN CROSS BONNIE

Sire: Dam: DoB: Gender: Stud Book #: Contact name: Telephone: Email: Price: Moorfield Edward (UK) Gronant Beach Girl (imp UK) 18 October 2009 Filly Pending Peter McKeon 02 9264 6733/0408 250 345 [email protected] POA

Description: Bonnie is a black filly with totally imported bloodlines. She has four white legs and a blaze. She has a great temperament and has been trained to lead, etc. You can pick up her feet; she has had her feet done by our farrier and she is current with drenching. This is a one off opportunity to purchase a black filly out of a Sydney Royal Easter Show winning mare.

DEACONS GATE QUANTUM REBEL

Sire: Dam: DoB: Gender: Stud Book #: Contact name: Telephone: Email: Price: Trelow Father Abraham Southern Cross Celestial Pearl 9 September 2008 Colt C1828 Katrina or Dale Deacon 07 5465 4462 [email protected] $22,000 negotiable

Description: Dark brown, four whites, symmetrical blaze, outstanding action, calm temperament and delightful personality. Started under saddle (no rider), lunging, long rein, a dream to float, ties up, leads, farrier perfect, regular drenching, Show experience; first place at Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days 2010. Overall, a stunning colt ready for the next stage of training for riding or harness with loads of potential.

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Sire: Dam: DoB: Gender: Stud Book #: Contact name: Telephone: Email: Price: Acle Duke Wyee Victorine 2 November 2009 Pure bred gelding Pending Adele 0427 613 973 [email protected] $4,800, inc GST

Description: Bay with four whites and plenty of feather. Basic training; halter trained, ties up, leads, floats and lifts feet for farrier. Should mature 18hh+

RUMNEY HILL JASMINE

Sire: Dam: DoB: Gender: Stud Book #: Contact name: Telephone: Email: Price: Acle Duke Wincanton Wilhemina 18 October 2009 Filly Pending Adele 0427 613 973 [email protected] $13,200, inc GST and freight to Victoria

Description: Bay with four whites. Beautiful temperament and very smart. Basic training; halter trained, ties up, leads, floats and lifts feet for farrier. Should mature 17hh+

SOUTHERN CROSS WESLEY

Sire: Dam: DoB: Gender: Stud Book #: Contact name: Telephone: Email: Price: Acle Duke Muwarra Hope December 2007 Pure bred gelding Pending Peter McKeon 02 9264 6733/0408 250 345 [email protected] $6,000 + GST

Description: Wesley is a very good working horse type. Structurally correct with a fantastic temperament and a nice personality. He is well trained and can be led, drenched, feet picked up by a farrier, etc. An excellent draught horse ready to be broken to chains, then harness. Will also make a great ridden Shire as his action is outstanding. Bay roan with four whites, he is expected to mature 18hh+

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SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC. - MEMORABILIA

Key rings and stubby holders $10 each, plus postage. Both products are Australian made.

CAROL PONTIN WATERCOLOUR ARTIST LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

Shire Horse Breeders Australia has acquired some of Carol Pontins limited edition prints of Shire horses. They are available from the Secretary for $65.00, including postage and GST within Australia. Each print is signed and numbered and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Each print measures 26cm by 18cm and is beautifully mounted. The images below, which are copyright to Carol Pontin show those available from SHBA Inc. The copyright symbol, Carol Pontins name and her web address do not appear on the actual prints.

FESTIVAL OF THE PLOUGH

LINCOLNSHIRE PAIR

PRIDE OF THE FESTIVAL

Any or all of the above items may be purchased from Terry Parks: [email protected] Telephone: 03 5686 2181

www.heavyhorsestable.com.au www.heavyhorsestable.com.au [email protected] Phone: 0421 645430 Heavy Horse gifts, books, collectables and interesting merchandise.

"Our aim is to promote interest and awareness of the Heavy Horse breeds so they can be appreciated for their role in the past, enjoyed in the present and preserved for the future." has a listing of heavy horse events, e.g.: 21/6/2009 Avondale Clydesdale & Vintage Day, Avondale WA 21/6/2009 Jondaryan Woolshed Big Country Sunday Brunch, Jondaryan, Qld. 28/6/2009 Clydesdale Cross Sport Horse Assn event, Macclesfield, Vic. 11/7/2009 Victorian Working Draught Horse Assn Educational Weekend, Lara, Vic. 18/7/2009 Mudgee Small Farm Field Days, Mudgee, NSW.

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