Forlan Stud

Breeding for Temperament & Type for all of the family to enjoy

Easy day

Actually time to chill out after feeding ponies & lambs, after lunch had to collect sheep mix, visit bank and top up car with petrol, had ordered a bale 0f hay and a bale of straw which was delivered and then removed round baler so that a marquee could be erected for Motocross Sunday. Saturday the motocross course is prepared, taped ally ways and three fields today vacated by any stock, wagons start to roll in from about 4pm Saturday by late evening three fields are a sea of tents, motorhomes,  seven & half ton upwards carrying motocross bikes and all the gear that is needed, barbeques are lit and I have to make sure Rosie & Jess don’t sneak off as the smell lures them in.

Another productive day

Stables ready for the Farrier, Nigel Merret arrived at 2pm, 10 ponies hooves trimmed, 10 ponies manes & tails tidied. Eight ponies received there Tetanus cover, four foals with Elizabeths help were wormed.

Gardening

A lovely day, after feeding ponies & lambs, decided it was a good idea to garden, the outside of the bungalow has been a much neglected beds and roses. Emptied dumper and loaded up some stone tiles, to stand the tiles on end making the beds deeper and added fresh soil, planted some ornamental grasses and flowers, already the roses are blooming, 12 noon fed the lambs and then cooked a rib eye steak rarely have red meat  with vegetables and onion gravy, then frozen strawberry yoghurt, two dogs waiting expectantly. In the back of my mind I know that I have six stables to prepare for tomorrow, farrier coming. Only manage two stable as I continued to garden. Pictures of some of my work today.

 

Another quiet day.

Another quiet day, making arrangements for the bottle fed lambs & ponies will be looked after whilst I am away at Glanusk tomorrow. Posted that I am having an Open Day 14th August 2016 at Forlan and very positive interest in attending

A Quieter Day

Lambing over and a lull before the next foal arrives. The ponies enjoying the sun and I am able to get back to some gardening before the next feed for the three bottle fed lambs. Made my decision, ponies will not be coming in tonight, summer is here, so stables empty except for emergencies. Checking the electric fencing.

Web Master

After the safe birth of Honey Bubbles colt, it was time to learn from Brian Dowding about blogging and I hope when I have fully grasped all the info (thank goodness Brian was very patient) the page will be on my web site. Thank you Brian, afterwards a very enjoyable cream tea at a local tea rooms.

Forlan Honey Bubbles. New Foal

Forlan Honey Bubbles foal 007Another exciting addition to the Forlan Stud, this will be Bubbles last foal and after rearing her gorgeous boy she will enjoy her retirement, this colt has so many famous half siblings that have been successful breeding showing & WHP. Going way back 48/47 years I had two foundation Mares Bowdler Belladonna and Fayre Waterfall and this little colt is line bred to both of these mares. Belladonna & Waterfall were put to Revel Torc so this colt also has Torc  from both sire & dam.

Lampeter

2016 Lampeter

Photo taken by Dr Wynne Davies

A mad rush to get to Lampeter arrived at 10.45 very enjoyable although cold, good entries, lovely ponies & cobs, left for home 2pm, stopped at Cwmdu for a meal before arriving home at about 6pm.

Hot Air Baloon

28th November and each day has been a surprise for seeing new places and making new friends. Today a Hot Air Balloon Ride; rising at 3.30am and making our way to Chateu Yering at Yarra Glen. The team balloon arrived; we looked up into the dark sky as small helium balloons were released to see which way the wind was blowing. Apparently the wind direction dictates our starting point for the ascent. Just after 4.15am we were quickly ushered into the waiting buses and very soon arrived close to Lilydale Lakes, on an area which had once been home to quarter horses.

All of us were expected to help with the balloons (we had received a leaflet telling us this) but some silly people refused; saying that they had not paid to do this but to me it was all part of the experience, lots of fun! The leaflet had also explained we would need several layers of clothing, hats and gloves. Most had heeded the advice and were all muffled up but others looked inadequately dressed.

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Ours was the largest balloon and once it was level and ready to ascend twenty-two people got into the basket of which there were five compartments. Our weight was distributed amongst four and the operator was in the fifth. Very quickly we had risen off the ground; so effortlessly in fact that I was quite surprised to look down and find we were already 100 feet up. Here I was on my first balloon ride. what had I expected…. well I can tell you it was magical & breathtaking looking down as we ascended above Lilydale Lakes with cameras at the ready. It was so good to have Darryl with me as he pointed out his home and Alianna Stud that we had visited the day before. From our bird’s eye view it was interesting to see the patterns in paddocks of the movement of the ponies. I have photos to show what a fantastic trip it was. Being warm enough was crucial to enjoying this adventure; those who had not followed instructions were shivering and sorry for themselves at 2000 ft with the only hot air in the balloon itself!!

 

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Landing was an experience. We were told we had to hold the handles and when told to brace, brace, and lean against the basket sides. We landed in a field which did not have a gate so some of us dismounted (so to speak), the balloon rose again a few feet and those of us on terra-firma guided the balloon and it’s remaining occupants over the fence, the truck backed up and the basket was landed. Now for the very peculiar challenge. The giant balloon was deflated and had to be packed into what seemed an impossibly small bag…..about the size of a builders sack of the type used to carry sand or gravel. The balloon was finally lying twisted on the ground and we heaved and wrestled with this giant unruly snake until we had squeezed it into the sack.
We travelled back to Chateau Werring and enjoyed a very comfortable champagne breakfast. . My daughter had thought Darryl was joking when he wrote to say we were going to Hot Air Balloon…..my children never know what I will get up to next

 

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My first few days in Australia

20th November and through customs quickly. I have found it very interesting watching Border Patrol Australia in the UK: visitors try to hoodwink customs, but no problem for me. Great to meet Darryl again; having seen him last when he stayed at Forlan in 2014. We travelled out to Kingsmere and I met Graeme and Shirley, Darryl’s parents. I unloaded my cases Darryl prepared a packed lunch and we drove to his farm at Yea. Darryl had a vet coming to check his cattle for their micro-chips. After lunch we gathered the cattle into the holding pen and after the vets visit I admired the gardens around the yard. We made our way up to the neighbours place who have the most beautiful rose garden and on the way I was introduced to a blue tongued lizard. After my blue tongued lizard encounter there is a little bit of a blur; did we pick cherries that day?

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Next day, feeling good, we walked across the road to meet a neighbour enjoying a cup of tea and a chat. They too had stunning gardens with a wonderful view. Later l remember sitting chatting to Shirley at Kingsmere and feeling as though I had fallen off the garden seat; my mind was playing funny tricks. I believe this was my first taste of jet lag. I had to have a lie down and slept for over 2 hours. I was woken for supper which was a good thing as if I had slept through I may not have adjusted to the time difference.

Over the next three days I had a short day time rest (unheard of for me) but finally i adjusted to Australia time.

The gardens at Kingsmere are stunning, not any soil to be seen as every area is covered with plants; especially succulents. The roses were a sight to behold! The garden had little twists and turns, with secret areas and pretty garden seats. I was impressed; so much imagination to create such charm.

I met Charlie the cockatoo who greeted everyone several times a day with “hello cocky” and was so good at imitating the cat that I kept opened the door expecting the cat to walk in. Charlie, also rang a bell when he wanted a peanut. He loved me giving him dandelion flowers as a special treat.

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I met the two welsh ponies a welsh cob and a thoroughbred. The lovely black (A) Glynyarra Trinket (section A) now 25yrs and Manhattan Glen Diamantina a champion welsh cob (19 yrs); both owned and have been shown by Darryl.

24th – We were to visit Tatura Park (about two hour’s journey) where the Victoria All Welsh Show was to be held, Darryl was making final arrangements as Chairman and Ringmaster. To my surprise, and even Darryl’s, we came upon a Koala in the wild. It looked as though it was hitching a lift on the highway. Now this was a very busy road so we pulled up and another car stopped in front of us anxious to because to prevent this endearing little chap being run over. He looked a little intoxicated but I guess he wasn’t… We ushered him to the side of the road. He climbed the bank and struck a pose for us in the tree. ( The eucalypt leaf is very low in viable nutrients and koalas have a slightly lower body temperature and consequently a lower metabolic rate than most other mammals. They reduce the amount of energy expended per day by sleeping 18-20 hours. Their waking hours are used to feed, move and seek out mates during the breeding season. They do not get drunk on eucalypt leaves.)

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We visited a stud of WMP and Cobs produced for dressage and with great success. Did I mention that I was longing for sun! Having had so many warnings not to get burnt, where was the sun? Seemed to be huddled in my jumpers most mornings for it to warm up very quickly, found out later that Melbourne and close surroundings are known to have four seasons in one day.

25th A lovely drive making our way to Echuca and the Murray River.

The Murray river was very low and murky, and the paddle steamer was over 200 years old. I tried to imagine how the ladies with their long skirts managed. Upper class passengers had more comforts than others. (Paddle steamers and paddle boats have been on the Murray River and in the Murray-Darling Basin since 1853 when William Randell launched the first steamer the P.S. Mary Ann near Mannum, South Australia. Today you can choose to see the Murray in various locations with some great boat cruises.

Australia has the largest collection of active paddle steamers and boats in the world, so this is a great way to experience the Murray River and its bygone era. An excellent article online about Paddleboats & Paddle steamers on the Murray River.

The trip was for over an hour, a great experience and a good use of my imagination. Alongside the river was the town with one street given over to how it would have been in 1800 hundreds.

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Returned home and enjoyed a DVD about Yarra Glen Hunt; their celebration of 100 years in 1980. It featured well known families from the UK who had formed this popular hunt.

26th and a day free from travelling other than driving into Lily dale and visiting Op Shops ( Charity Shops to us in the UK). Fascinating in the UK we find racks of woman’s clothes labelled “outsize” but the Op Shops were more subtle with racks labelled “Voluptuous clothes for woman”. Visited the equivalent to a B&Q looking at succulent plants as I was formulating a plan for my garden at home….strange how i kept thinking it was summer at home.

27th My visit to see friends John & Denise Tate�s Alianna Stud who have visited me at Forlan. Lovely ponies that went back to well-known imported stallions. I saw Eppynt Shot. The last time I saw him was when, as President of Glanusk, I made him Supreme Champion. This same year Denise & John purchased him. Enjoyed lunch and so much to catch up on and such enjoyable company.

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Alianna Mr Darcy. Sire Eppynt Shot Imp

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Alianna Gee Wiz. 23 yrs. Sire Waxwing Herod

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Alianna Ragamuffin Sire Eppynt Shot Imp

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Alianna Grace. Sire Fronbach Tywysog Imp Roan Mare Alianna Jewel. further back in the pedigree of Alianna Grace was Persie Concord Imp.

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Foal Alianna — Sire Alianna Mr Darcy by Eppynt Shot Imp

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Foal Alianna — Sire Alianna Mr Darcy by Eppynt Shot Imp