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February/March 2017

 

Congratulations to Brooke Proctor riding “Braeview Solitaire” who won the very first Triple Crown and the Hawkesbury River Saddle Co. “Stockmaster Show Fender" Trophy Saddle at the ASH Nationals.

Congratulations to Brett Walsh riding “Annie’s Gift” - the  Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion at the ASH Nationals winning the Hawkesbury River Saddle Co "Pro Sport Poley" Trophy Saddle.

 

October/November 2016

 

Happy to say our Australian Made 'Overlander' Fender Saddle (Smooth Out AND Rough Out Versions) were well received at Equitana, keeping the boys back here at Mt White busy!

 

 

 

We welcome Albert Voorn & Dan James to Ashbrookes Farm!

 

Albert Voorn will be conducting a 3 day showjumping clinic from the 22nd to the 24th (Saturday to Monday) October.

Spectators welcome ($20.00/day - BYO Chair)

Clinic places now filled. Please contact Krissy Harris for waitlist ( 02 4370 1133 )

   

Lessons runs for 1 & ¼ hours with 3 people per lesson.
Cost $ 660 for 3 days including 2 spectators
Spectators $ 20 per day
Stabling (incl Shavings) at Mount White for $20 p/horse per day
Camping for clinic participants is free

Contact:  Krissy Harris
Email:  harrisentertainment@bigpond.com
Telephone: 0459 168-782 or (02) 4370-1133
Or via facebook.
Interstate inquiries – Paula Hamood (0403) 370-330

 

Dan James – winner of Australian Way of the Horse,  American “Road to the Horse” , equestrian entertainer and elite horseman will be holding a clinic at Ashbrookes Farm in Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of November 2016 Dan’s clinic topic will be “body control under saddle”. More information and a flyer will be out soon.  He is taking 14 horses for the 3 days.

 

 

 

For the past month or two – we have been working the jumping horses at full steam – and it is amazing how much better the young ones get when you put the time in.  I suppose that is the same for every sport – nothing happens without hard work.  I have been lucky enough to purchase a lovely young horse bred by Belcam stud and broken and trained by Olivia Hamood. 

Corvette GHP  is certainly looking the goods at AELEC - https://youtu.be/H8vHTndP0MI

 

 

 

Country Style Magazine did a feature article on our beautiful home. Ebook version here ! http://harrisentertainment.com.au/Magazine/index.html#/4

 

 

September 2016

Hawkesbury River Saddle Company are proud to sponsor this worthy event, donating a Saddle for first place.

HUMPTY DUMPTY FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER 

Humpty Dumpty Open/Non Pro Ladies Event 

AELEC Goonoo Goonoo Road, Tamworth – 3pm Wednesday 21st September 2016

Messenger Murray Picello is holding its Annual Fundraiser and this year’s beneficiary is the Humpty Dumpty Foundation http://www.humpty.com.au/ Humpty Dumpty supplies urgently needed medical equipment in regional and remote area Hospitals. The event is being run in conjunction with Reining Australia, at the pinnacle event of the year – the Australian National Championships. Our Aim is to raise approximately $10,000 for the Foundation by donating all the entry fees to the event. We anticipate this event to be the largest ladies event ever held in the country, with up to 50 riders competing. Reining is an Equine Sport and my family’s lifetime

Please see YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lFUxa0CIPU

May 2016

Congratulations to Steven Hart for winning a $2500 voucher for Hawkesbury River Saddle Co. at the Moss Vale Campdraft! Thanks to the Judge for the Novice event, Lachie Bowman. The place winners were:

1st         Steven Hart
2nd        Paul Noon
3rd         Steven Hart
4th       Wolfgang Fox
5th        Toby Rofe
6th     Alanna Chamberlain

The winner of the Junior event was Dustin Hancock and the winner of the Juvenile was Seamus O'Kane.

March 2016

7th to the 31st March 2016, Sydney Royal - The Man From Snowy River" show & "Girls Girls Girls" trick riding display

January 2016

Training of horses in full progress - a couple of new horses to add to the mix. Krissy's weight loss program has been saboutaged by Christmas!! Looking forward to doing it again.

Preparations are well under way for the brand new production of The Man From Snowy River.

Watch this spectacular live at the 2016 Show - From the 17th to the 31st March 2016 – every evening in the Main Arena , Family ShowLink tickets are on sale now:http://bit.ly/1RzaKBR

 

Full video at https://www.facebook.com/eastershow/videos/10153831847824429/

 

December 2015

Sydney Showjumping Club Championships were great fun this year - Tess and I did 2 enormous days - and couldn't seem to make all classes with all horses - which was a bit of a disappointment.   Lara aka Waverlee 111 was 4th in the Mini Prix - which I was thrilled about - and the other horses also jumped well.  We had a full house at Ashbrookes Farm - with the Ahmats from WA staying as well as my bestie Paula Hamood and her crew.  Loved having such a nice bunch of people - and we squeezed the horses in somehow.  It will be really good when we have Stonewall farm up and running so we can send our old retired ones out there and free up some small paddocks."

Stonewall Farm is going along nicely - Heath has been doing an amazing job getting it cleared up.  We are now up to our 5th semi load of junk, garbage and rubbish to be taken to the tip - and the lantana, privet and black berry is being attacked by an enviromulcher with Mr Harris at the controls.
Boundary fences are nearing completion and then we can become cattle barons and buy a few head to keep the grass under control". 

 

 

 

 

 

So much junk  - and so much more to remove

 

 

Nov 2015

Congratulations to all our winners from the Ashbrookes Farm Showjumping Weekend. Vicki Roycroft took home a swag of ribbons - as did Ben Blay. Huge congratulations to Mark Cliff - who competed in his first showjumping event ever to win the Master's Class riding Heath's stockhorse Mojo. The most popular win of the show was in the Apprentice's class - won by Molly Mooney with Charlie Shoebridge in 2nd place and Cody McPherson in 3rd.

 

Emily Mann was amazing in the Grand Prix - on Yandoo Spotnick NZPH. Abbey Donaldson also won a class, as did James Mooney on Annabel Carswell's Elvis. Thanks to Mark Atkins and Sue Coonan, Sue & Robert Nault and of course Heath Harris - couldn't do it without you gorgeous one! Thanks to our major sponsor - Bill & Nan Shugg. Also, Central Coast Showjumping Club (CCSJC), The Naturalcare Company, Wyong Equine Clinic and Affinity Insurance Brokers - for both covering my show and sponosoring. Interestingly - they don't have a problem insuring shows regarding the Hendra virus - it is only a small part of the premium and they apportion it minimal risk..... just saying.... and last but not least - Thanks for Carlie Lind and Tess Geraghty - who won a class on Madison Square as well as helping all weekend - and doing an awesome job painting prior to the show.

 

 

 

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Poetsch/Rickards family for all their help over the weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Wilbur Harris"

20-5-08 to 12-11-15" 

Best friend and family to Krissy, Heath and Bryan - we will always miss him

 

Equestrian Lifestyle Festival washout
Such a disappointment for competitors, organisers and trade stand holders alike as visitor numbers were massively down due to the appalling weather.  The mud was up to our knees and gumboots were the only option.  The grounds were so heavy that we didn’t start the showjumpers.

 

October 2015

Congratulations to Chris Chugg, Dave Cameron, Livvie Hamood, Gabbie Kuna and Steve Hill - an awesome result in the World Cup at Showcase of Showjumping. A big "thank you" to the Winning Family and all their helpers for running such an amazing show, we loved every minute of it! They have raised the bar, yet again. At least we're doing our bit by buying all our white goods for the new farm from www.applianceonline.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Bryce Eather - riding Destiny Sophisticat, who took out the Rookie event at the Peel Valley Cutting Club in Armidale. He won a $2,500 Hawkesbury River Saddle Co. voucher.

August 2015

 

Chris Chugg riding Kitara Billecart at the NSW State Titles - winning 1.25m class.

 

 

Congratulations to Carly Overton who won the Hawkesbury River Saddle Co. 1.25m AM5 at the Glenhaven Sunshine tour.

 

 

 

Aug 2015

Krissy & Lara winning the first 1.30m class at the NSW Showjumping Titles at SIEC

 

 

July 2015

Madison Square and Tess Geragthy competed in 3 1.10 classes - the biggest of their lives! 3rd in the 1.10m young horse clase in ring 2 at the Glenhaven Sunshine Tour 2015. Thanks to Team Hamood for putting on such a great show, and thank you to Sue Knox from Yakala Stud for sponsoring the young horse class. Good on you Tess!!!

 

Here are a couple more photos of our big Showjumping Sunshine Tour to QLD!!

 

Lara & Krissy – Mini Prix Final at Gatton World cup show – getting there – hope to have a go in the World Cups next year. 

 

 

 

Billy & Chuggie – placing in the 1.20m class at Gatton World Cup Show – doing alright for a 5 year old!

 

 

 

Sydney Jump Club – “Rosthwaite Sausilito” has moved up the heights – and is now jumping 1.20 to 1.30.  I am really happy with him – lots of jump and that lovely thoroughbred toughness and attitude.  Looking forward to mini prix for him in 2016.

 

 

Connor Veraart, winning the a Hawkesbury River Saddle Co. trophy saddle at the Toowoomba Cutting Futurity riding "Highphalutin".

 

 

 

 

June 2015

Congratulations to Matt Caban on winning the Non Pro Classic Challenge and the beautiful fully carved cutting saddle from Hawkesbury River Saddle Co.  It was a terrific win for a great bloke.

 

We are loving our new trade trailer – it has had a couple of shake-down runs – and we still need to get it sign written – but even the ‘security services’ (AKA "Bryan" and "Wilbur") are happy.

 

 

Anyway – back into the horse truck and back to AELEC for the Tamworth Winter Showjumping Championships.  Our horses all jumped well – and Tess Geraghty and Boxer had their first 1.05 class and coped really well – as did Cameron – who was so nice to ride.  I just love a thoroughbred!! Kitara Billecart was ridden expertly by Chris Chugg for a 1st in the 1.10m and a 5th in the 1.15 Championship Class.

Then it was back down that fabulous new Hunter Expressway – and straight to the airport with Heath – who was off to Mexico again to spend some time in the saddle factory. 

 

May 2015 - Albert Voorn Clinic

We learnt A LOT and throughly enjoyed our time with this immensly knowledgable and personable man. This article written by Rebecca Ashton for "The Horse Magazine" sums it up.

Click on the image above to read the full article

 

March 2015

Heath has just held another Equestrian Entertainer’s Clinic (Liberty Horse Training Master Class) – and we had a fabulous week with Jodie and Sally from Victoria, Deb who flew in from WA and  Margie Elliott all the way  from Longreach  with her horses.   We all had a blast  and the girls went home with lots of new knowledge and homework.  We came out of the weekend with one extra horse which we purchased from Margie.  Matilda will be a welcome addition to our trick riding team.  Here is a photo of her on her last assignment at Longreach races as the clerk of the course horse!

Matilda.png

We are now awaiting the arrival of the first contingent of Canadian trick riders who are jetting out here to compete in the Australian Trick & Roman Riding Championship to be held at the RAS in the Schmidt arena from 9.30am on Good Friday 3rd.  Anyone interested – please come and support the Aussies and the Canadians – should be a fabulous spectacle.

The Hawkesbury River Saddle Company is again sponsoring the trophy saddles for the Open and Junior Champions, as well as gorgeous silver belt buckle prizes.  

 

February 2015

The Hawkesbury River Saddle Company took the trade stand to the Landmark Classic Stockhorse Sale at ALEEC.  On the drive up we saw the most and greenest grass we’ve seen in ten years.  The mood of the patrons and the prices at the sale reflected how good the season was this year.  Lots of saddles sold, too, including our Outlaw Master full seat package deals. The outside trade site was fantastic!

The Landmark Sale was hopefully the last trade show we’ll do without our new trade trailer, which is now ready for fit out.  We can’t wait to pack up the new truck with the new stock for a push-one-button, pop-up shop for both the warehouse and trade shows! Sheer luxury – no more packing/setting up tents/unpacking and then the reverse all over again.  The new trade trailer will also make it possible for us to do one day trade shows – as  set up time will not be an issue any more.

So we packed up after Landmark on Sunday the 8th to return home to Mount White – unpack saddles then work horse and fill the truck up to go back to the Tamworth Ag Show Showjumping held at AELEC on the Thursday.   OMG – the new Hunter Expressway is a good piece of road!

One more step towards jumping a bit bigger – and remembering how to do it.  Tamworth Ag Show run at AELEC was a fabulous event.  We are so spoilt now that we have so many shows without the side shows and other distractions.  Waverlee 111 – aka Lara  is becoming more and more a pleasure to ride – and her antics at the practice fence are less offensive!  She placed fourth in the Forty Winks  Futurity at AELEC – then the next week at Maitland Show she was  6th in the 1.35m Two Phase and then 3rd in the Grand Prix.  The young horses also went well with Kitara  Billecart winning the 1.05m under 16 points at Maitland – and Cameron 4th place in his first 95cm class ever.  I am very partial to thoroughbreds – and Cameron is one of those fast learners who are so nice to ride and deal with.

Cameron AELEC 2015.jpg  Tess and Boxer AELEC 2015.jpg

L to R – Krissy & Cameron and Tess Geraghty riding Boxer at Tamworth Show.

 

 

  

 

January 2014

Although we didn’t travel this year – Hawkesbury River Saddle Company sponsored the Amateur Point Score at Tim Dreverman’s Snowy Mountains Showjumping Championships at Jindabyne.


Congratulations to Sammi Manwaring riding the James Mooney horse ‘Little Gun’ on winning the Platinum showjumping saddle.

 

Then it was off to the SJC Showjumping Championships – where Waverlee 111 excelled herself, and Kitara Billecart was 4th in the 5 year old class.

 

 

Heath has been madly running around organising the building of our new trade trailer.  Watch  this space – for photos soon.  We are madly rushing to get it ready for the Landmark Sale in February.

 

December 2014

Well – December was a wash-out but amazing fun all in one go.  Paula, Dave & Olivia Hamood arrived ready for the SSJC which was called off – so we had a 10 day party before SIEC. 

 

People were in the mood for buying before Christmas – and the present of choice was the Pro-Trainer Dressage saddle.  Happy Days for us.  I do think that everyone is watching the dollar to the English Pound.  Prices will have to go up in January as our dollar is getting weaker.

 

November 2014

Winners of the Ashbrookes Farm Showjumping Weekend:

Class 1 –   The Naturalcare Company "Cougar Classic"  1st Felicity Fallon
Class 2 –   Horsezone 80cm AM7 – 1st Tess Geraghty
Class 3 –   Oaks Sport Horses 4 year Old 1st: Sarah Crossen
Class 4 -    Falcon Sport Horses 90cm AM7 1st:  Abbey Donaldson
Class 5 –   Oaks Sport Horses 5 year Old: 1st = John Cooper & Krissy Harris
Class 6 –   Oaks Sport Horses 6 year Old: 1st: Sarah Crossen
Class 7 –   Oaks Sport Horses 7 year Old: 1st:  Vicki Roycroft
Class 8 –   River Ridge 95cm AM7 1st:  Abbey Donaldson
Class 9  -   Hawkesbury River Saddle Co 1.05 to 1.10 AM5 1st: Ben Blay
Class 10 – Nan & Bill Shugg 1.15 to 1.20 table C:  1st: Vicki Roycroft
Class 11 – Nan & Bill Shugg Grand Prix 1st: Vicki Roycroft

 

A huge thank you to all my friends and family that I hit up for sponsorship.

 

We had so much fun last time and are delight to run this great weekend again!

Ashbrookes Farm 2014 Showjumping Program

 

November 29th - 30th

 

Ashbrookes Farm Showjumping Program.pdf

 

October 2014

The jumping horses again took centre stage – with Kitara Billecart and Krissy winning the 5 year old class at the NNWSJC champs at AELEC, Tamowrth.  Rosthwaite Sausilito won a 1.04m AM7 out the back (after dumping Krissy in the warm up arena!) – so 2 blue ribbons and one fall – sounds like an average showjumping show!! 

The next week was a very social one – with Charlotte Moore travelling down from QLD and also David, Paula & Livvie Hamood arriving to stay at Mount Whiet for the Showcase of Showjumping show - the most fabulously organized and stunningly beautiful show at the Sydney Polo Club.  Billecart again showed what a cute horse he is by winning the 5 year old final, and Waverlee was fabulous to place 3rd in the Bronze Tour Final.

Now we are back at Mount White – waiting for 3 shipments of saddles to arrive.  Back to making money and proper work now that the nice shows are over for a couple of weeks.

 

 

September 2014

Two Liberty Horse Training Clinics were held at Ashbrookes Farm in September,  and it was great to welcome back Mohammed Al Muhanna from Kuwait for both clinics,  as well as Samantha MaCuliffe, with the new pupils being Hollie Spalding from QLD and Adam Sutton who was adding some more information to his already vast knowledge on horse training.

The next clinic was a Western Australian affair – with Louise and Denise Crosby and Sophie Watson all making the trek over – horse float and 2 x very large horses made for a slow journey for them.  Mohammed came to visit again – after spending a week with Jen Gilbertson and doing a bit of endurance riding.

 

August 2014

The last show of the QLD run was at Caboolture.  Heath had good success with the saddlery trade stand – and Waverlee and Krissy placed in the Futurity.  All said and done – the trip to QLD was a great one for the young horses – with Rosthwaite Sausilito (aka Sam) starting at Kilcoy in the 90cm and jumping double clear at Caboolture in the 1.10m.

Such a great time of the year to head north – we missed all the rain in Sydney.

July 2014

The Kilcoy Sentinel ran this lovely story next to our advert about the Hawkesbury River Saddle Company coming to town next week for the Glen Haven Show Jumping Show . Nice!

Hawkesbury River Saddle Company visits QLD,Kilcoy, Gatton & Caboolture

The Kilcoy Sentinal article text. "Queensland in winter is always a drawcard for most horse sports and Showjumping is one of them.

Making the trip to Kilcoy, Gatton and Caboolture this year for the World Cup shows is the Hawkesbury River Saddle Company, complete with trade stand and the team of jumping horses.

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Heath & Krissy Harris, Hawkesbury River Saddle Co has the largest range of saddles in the southern hemisphere.

“Fender stock saddles, campdrafters and cutters, reiners, barrel racers, Wades, dressage and showjumping saddles.  If you compete in an equestrian  sport, we make a saddle for it,” says Heath proudly.

“ I love having odd and quirky saddles in the shop.  At the moment, we have a silver charro parade saddle and a Chisholm Slick Fork based on the original Chisholm trail saddle built in the 1860s.”

Heath, the principal saddler and designer of the range, spent most of his life as a professional horseman and movie horse trainer.  He retired from the movie business after making The Legend of Zorro in Mexico in 2004 to focus on the saddlery business.

Heath’s career in the movie business started with the Marlboro commercials in the 1960s and included the films The Man from Snowy River and Phar Lap later, followed by Young Black Stallion, Racing Stripes and The Legend of Zorro.

It’s the 40 years as a horseman that has made Heath the saddle designer he is today.  There aren’t many other saddlers that have had the experience in so many facets of the performance horse industry as Heath and it shows in the innovative and secure designs. 

While Heath designs saddles in his workshop at Mount White on the Central Coast of NSW, the saddles are made where the best raw materials and labour can be sourced at the most competitive prices.  The western and fender stock saddles are made in Mexico from US hides, the Jumping and Eventing saddles are made in Argentina from Italian leather and the Dressage saddles are made in Walsall in England from Sedgwick leather.

“I love the trade shows,” says Heath.  “Especially the Queensland run of jumping shows, which we have attended for the past two years.

.“Krissy gets to compete and we all help with the trade stand, so it is almost a bit of a holiday for us.  I love taking our saddles out to the shows  as you meet so many amazing characters and can learn a bit along the way too.

“I always ask people their opinions on saddles.  You never know when someone else might have a good idea that you can incorporate into a design one day.”

Heath also is bringing his live show horse team to Kilcoy to perform at the Glenhaven Grand Prix jumping show on Sunday 27 July.  With the Free Spirit Liberty Team, Heath will demonstrate how he has achieved his ‘horse acting’ for the movies and give the audience a behind the scenes glimpse on how he trains horses."

For further information please call Heath Harris on 0408 208 848
or Hawkesbury River Saddle Company on 02 4370 1133

 

May 2014

We welcome Raul Aldrete who has travelled from Mexico to be with us for a month.  2 weeks of that time will be spent with us up at AELEC in Tamworth for the NCHA Cutting Futurity – where Hawkesbury River Saddle Co are the sponsors of the trophy saddle for the Affinity Risk Insurance Stockman’s Challenge (won last night by Carl Green). The weather has been fabulous –and the saddle sales steady – so all is good with the world.

AFFINITY RISK INSURANCE - Stockman’s Challenge Results 2014

 

Competitor

Bareback

Cutting

Brumby Catch

Poly Buckjump

Total

Carl Green

20

19

18

57

Steve Connor

14

16

13

43

Tyler Pendergast

16

10

16

42

Brad Pierce

4

14

20

38

Geoffrey Hall

9

19

6

34

Ben Fahey

12

4

13

29

Lockie Argue

18

2

6

26

Ben Smart

6

12

6

24

Sharna Little

9

8

6

23

Christy Connor

2

6

6

14

 

Congratulations to Carl Green on winning the “Outlaw Master Hawkesbury River Saddle Co trophy saddle.

 


May 18th saw the CCSJC Club Championships at our Mangrove Mountain grounds – it was a terrific day and Team Harris had success with the new young horse purchase “Kitara Billecart” – who placed in the 90cm and the 1.00m – and Waverlee who won the 1.30m class.  We are really lucky to have a great committee – as everyone pitches in to help and we really enjoy each other’s company and the days are great fun as well as being a good  starting ground for our young horses.

April 2014

The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival at Corryong was again an absolute blast.  With help from Sarah McDougall the Hawkesbury River Saddle Co Trade stand was so busy – we hardly got to see any of the competition at all. 


Congratulations to Emma O’Shea on winning our Trophy Saddle – it was a really popular win – as Emma travelled all the way from Far North Queensland – so her success was well deserved.

Sydney Royal Competitions and Events

Australian Trick Riding - Results, Trick Riding Trophy Saddle and snap shots

 

 

Girls Girls Girls Extreme Trick Riding Stunt Show - snap shots

 
 

 

January 2014

Heath Harris featured in Hills & Hawkesbury Equestrian News! Read the full story here.