Report and photos by Alice Swartz
Sunday 18th June, on a beautiful, sunny winters day, Alexander Park held an Open Day. Alexander Park Trakehner Horses usually hold this event in November, however, the recent arrival of their new purebred Trakehner stallion, Aparee, prompted them to put on a special day to allow breeders the chance to view him before the start of the breeding season this year. And what a day it was! Our hosts, Chris and Sharon Haddock, put on an informative, entertaining day concluding with the viewing of their superb herd of Trakehner broodmares.
The day started with a lecture from Cilla Kuiper from KER and Michelle Meylan from Milne Agrigroup on the feeding and nutrition of broodmares. Following morning tea we had a very informative talk from EBW (Equine Body Worker) Mark Derrick on equine sports massage - which, much to the amusement of the guests, Sharon's cat seemed particularly interested in! Mark was trained in California and has also been involved with howjumpers and eventers for a number of years.
|Well known Perth equine artist, Jean Farquhar, also attended the day and brought up some of her lovely work for viewing. She has extraordinary talent, and produces such spectacular, detailed pieces of work, that from a distance they look like photographs! Her current project is an oil painting of the stunning Trakehner stallion, Sponeck. |
Sharon also introduced the new business that Chris and herself have started up called Equestrienne - an on-line saddlery store. Getting to see the quality of the selected products on display first hand was a wonderful opportunity. The guests also enjoyed browsing through the beautiful clothing from Equetech in the UK, and Horka from the Netherlands. These come in a large range of sizes (toddlers as well!) and fashionable colours, which all can be colour coordinated to match your horses blanket! To the pleasant suprise of everyone present, the prices are not only very reasonable, but are also below what you would find in the stores. A complete price list of all their products can be seen on their website (www.equestrienne.com.au). To view all the wonderful products they sell, a cyber visit is recommended!
Lunch was served and we enjoyed the culinary skills of Chris Haddock. Chris is the non-horsey partner of the stud, but is a top class cook on the support crew! Some of the guests were heard to say, with large smiles, that they would have been happy to come for the food alone! Chris was backed up by Sharon's mum and some great friends.
After lunch Sharon and Anna Thompson rode their two purebred trakehner stallions, Aparee and Highfield Vivaldi, Anna's newly imported stallion. It was a lovely setting in the macadamia plantation and both stallions behaved
Aparee is by the imported World Cup Showjumping stallion Benito out of an imported Austrian mare. Benito was campaigned by Chris Chugg. Highfield Vivaldi is by Muschamp Maestro (by Matador) who was exported to France. His dam is the superb eventing mare Kingsettle Volkis. The Trakehner breed is currently enjoying a revival, due to people slowly becoming aware that many of the top horses presently competing successfully in international sport horse disciplines carry trakehner blood.
The day concluded with the viewing of the brood mares. The stud have some of the top Trakehner bloodlines available in Australia. Their mares carry the bloodlines of Benito, Herbststurm, Kassiber, Ibikus, Habicht, Corry,
Everyone had a fantastic day and are looking forward to the next Open Day in November, which will also include the annual foal sale. For further information contact Sharon Haddock 0414 660 585.