Do you remember when you were a child, DREAMING about the things you wanted to ACHEIVE OR DREAMPT OF BECOMING? Coronation Park was my dream. I will attempt to take you through the progress of the dream; it’s UNFOLDING TO THE “REALITY THAT IS” our beautiful property ~“CORONATION PARK STUD”~ . SPRINGDALE ~
Each year, hundreds of College students visit Coronation Park with their AG (Agricultural colleges) teachers in an attempt to determine which direction they should take with regards to their future within the equine industry. WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME THESE STUDENTS THROUGH OUR DOORS AND HOPE TO GIVE THEM SOME DIRECTION to help with achieving their own DREAMS. My conversations with these students usually begins by EXPLAINING about dreaming what you want to become and following a path to achieve your DREAM. When its “YOUR DREAM.” its “YOU” that has to “MAKE IT” become reality! You can, if you “believe”.
Belief in Yourself is one of life’s most important virtues.
We are very proud that Coronation Park has been a GREAT influence over many years for the students that pass through our gates, some have been fortunate to STAY on a while, in transit to their own dreams. So…. Id like to dedicate this page on our home on the Web to a few very special “passers through” that “MADE” it in the horse industry because of the direction taken from us ~ Lee Hudson and Petrina McDermott ~ and TWO GIRLS, SO YOUNG, IMPRESSIONABLE AND TALLENTED ~ ASHLEY BARTON AND RHIANNON CATSICAS~ These pages are for you.
My DREAMS and visions as a child riding ponies with my daddy, as a rider and trainer of our own horses, have not changed much over the years. As a child it was all about ~ next weekend and the point score at pony club, training to “WIN” that over all point score. I figure that’s why, till today, I love the versatility of the all round horse! Quarter horses were few and far between in Australia when I was a pup, only afforded by the rich and famous! We rode cross bred Thoroughbreds. Great all round horses, today these types are referred to as Australian Stock horses. I loved Jumping (six bars, my favorite) our cross thoroughbreds were great mounts for this. My old pony that carried me through these years was named “Sunset Joy”. She was a good mare! Safe and reliable and my best friend as a child. She was ours till she was 30 along her course in life she taught many local children to ride upon her strong and willing back. Joy was 30 and a half years old when she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, She leaves an indelible mark upon my memory and a hoof print upon my heart. A joy, she certainly was!
I rode many top Galloways and hacks on the climb to and through teenage years. I was very fortunate to spend many weekends on the farm riding, and every afternoon after school on horseback often riding my pony home from school in full heavy uniform, much to mothers’ disgust and anguish. I’m sure that the NEW teachers believed the heavy dark hairs sometimes seen on my legs were my own! Most of my friends through pony club are still loyal friends, I especially remember Billy Atkins and Rebecca Francis (now both married and have different surnames) These were good girls that loved horses and to this day, like me, love riding and caring for the noble STEAD.
My dreams of owning my own stud farm started with AG. I loved working the land, riding and mustering. I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with, not only the best man in my life ~ my father ~ a wonderful true horseman but with Paul Goodwin also. Paul was a top show competitor, he won HUNDREDS of camp drafts, we travelled and COMPETED every weekend with Paul. He played polocrosse at National level, represented Australia in South Africa, New Zealand and Nations cups leading the winning Polocrosse teams, broke in and started many great horses, he was also a farrier and trained hundreds of champion show horses. Paul, later in life was a successful race horse trainer. (Sadly we lost Paul who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2008~ he will be forever in our hearts.) I am fortunate that in those days I rode some rough horses that made me a rider; I’ve never been just a passenger! At the time the bruises told the story!! We kids would just climb ON ANYTHING and go for it. Twas always “MOI” that rode the tough ones and sorted them out for my friends. The poddy calves copped it too! We’d ride anything/ EVERYTHING. I had great instructors along the way. Bev Button, Tom Carson, Old Mr Gollan. After AG, I spent time in Narre Warren Equestrian Centre, Victoria with the top dressage instructor Malcolm Barnes, I was a working Pupil there for a time. Dressage was the “NEW” thing, the new way of riding and my daddy sent me to Malcolm to break me off horses. This breaking also tried earlier at Lochinvar Girls Catholic College UNSUCCESSFULLY! Malcolm had trained with the Spanish riding school in Vienna, an amazing horseman. I had the fortune of working with CHRISTOPHER, Malcolm’s Anglo Arabian stallion that went on to be an outstanding dressage mount and one of the first ambassadors to the game, Maybe Hahal a Thoroughbred 17.2 hh, another wonderful Dressage horseowned by Malcolm. Malcolm was one of the first people to import warmblood horses to Australia. I cannot remember this horses name, but do remember this stallion was HUGE. He was a pig of a horse to work with and I detested his nature. I’ve never liked warmbloods and find I just can’t take to their dull and ignorant attitude. At Narre Warren Malcolm taught us to ride dressage (hundreds of hours on the lunge as well as lessons!!) It was our job to work the school horses and teach students, what an wonderful experience. I am extremely grateful for this attempt to break me from horses….. What it did was make me more “HUNGRY” and laid the paths for the creation of more DREAMS
With each new dawn we working pupils would bring in the school horses, feed and groom before tacking them up for the day’s lessons. Monash University had horsemanship and riding incorporated in its curriculum. Two days a week were devoted to UNI. Students, this allowed me to meet many great friends at a young impressionable time of my life. I also had the privlige, whilst at Oakwood of teaching and traveling to shows and dressage events with CHRISTOPHER and Malcolm. The absolute love of my life was my daddy I returned home to be with him when he became ill. We spent a few more fantastic years riding, dreaming and talking of the stud I would own. His dying wish was I stay with horses, so here I am. I truly wish he could see what I have achieved. These were “OUR DREAMS”. He would be “SO PROUD”.
Through the many successful years of jumping club, pony club, sports club and chasing the shows, hacking, I reached a time when I wanted to move on to something else. I discovered Quarter horses! Paul Goodwin had a nice Qh X T/b mare to sell, she was 15.1. too small for me as I was 5’10 but I loved the nature and dreamed of the day I would breed one of these great natured horses out of one of our T/B mares.
This is the beginning of the QH dream.
I was married by this time to a man not at all impressed by the horses in my life, not happy coming second to MY EQUINE LOVES. When I told him I wanted to move to the Segenhoe Valley to be close to my mentor, this infuriated him….We did look at a few properties in that area, none were bought. Just as well at that time…….. He suffered the horses. He had me breed, BREAK AND EDUCATE some racing thoroughbreds to keep him happy, he liked the racing game. We had good success with these horses. Coronation Park evolved when we purchased a parcel of land in Mulbring and turned it into a breeding establishment. CORONATION PARK STUD was born. We stood a great imported grey English thoroughbred stallion named “Royal Rocket”. Rocket was 16.3 and all horse. By a leading English sire, Grey SOVEREIGN. Rocket produced many great race horses, Cup winners as well as speed machines. As a tribute to Rocket, a beautiful oil painting by Kim Hewer (Goold) adorns the wall and has pride of place in our study. I was heavily involved in Hacking, dressage and judging training our retired racehorses to show and sell. Coronation Park prefixes were top of the best lists of Horse of the Year and Royal Show champions. I, personally broke in and started our thoroughbreds and schooled every one of them before they left for the trainers. One of my favourite horses was Captain Cadet. A home bred by another of our stallions Coronation Cadet. (This is where the name, “Coronation Park” originated!) CAPTAIN Cadet won a Sydney Cup, Wyong Cup, Cameron Handicap and Newmarket handicap along with 21 races. My very favourite race horse was Gay Planet. We won 7 races with him before I turned him into a show hack; He won at horse of the year as well as Sydney and Adelaide Royals taking his rider to champion lady rider at just about every outing. At this time I was also breeding the QH as an interest and side line. Many Royal Show Champions as well as National QH Champions followed. “Morn Mystique”, a beautiful QH X Tb mare was one of my favourite QH’s. I won open hack classes, western pleasure futurities and royal show champions at halter, western pleasure and English with this Beautiful mare by the legendary Morn Deck. She won the Robin Yates Sires Classic Futurity when I was in my infancy in the QH world. Morns True Love, is another great mare bred, started that I showed knocked over some the best of the western pleasure horses. We chased the QLD and NSW circuit winning the Big prizes and futurities. Lovely was a hunter and Western pleasure freak. At this time I became known as Ms Morn Deck, I always had a good Morn Deck in the Barn. I was teaching riding, western and English and doing lots of Judging.
Divorce saw me leave the industry for a time. Dreaming bought me back.
I attended the PHAA national show as a judge in 1984. I had returned on the Tuesday from winning the GRAND CHAMPION QH at the Sydney Royal with a mare that was well before her time…Grecian Goddess.
I was disappointed in the breed of paint horses in Australia at National level and believed paints as a whole had very little to offer. To me, they were heavy, clumpy and looked like they had some heavy draft breeding in them somewhere! I figured they could do with some help improving the QUALITY of this breed. They had no rein, no height, they showed little or no elegance and there was certainly no presence!
I have always loved the quality that the T/B offers the breeds ~ all of them. Morn Deck has Star Kingdom back in his lineage, that’s from where his beauty and presence stems. I have striven to breed that lovely front end into my riding horses, I love elegance. The QH back then had enough back end to him he just needs some “prettying” up front. I believed the paints needed to refine the heaviness of bone. A home bred was the great QH stallion Spectacular Morn who beat the butts off “all” Jack Reilly’s – Ellerston owned imported QH stallions at Royals and Nationals. I thought that paints could do with some of this Vision.
The Dream… Continued.
Speaking with some paint people about the improvement on the bloodlines and quality of the paint horse saw me import the frozen semen from a very well bred USA paint stallion – enter – Special Affects, providing the first step of my dream to improve the paint horse industry. The first Special Affects progeny won the weanling futurities then continued on to win the pleasure futurities and dominate the all round fields. This was warming my dream and I was somewhat pleased. I still looked at the paints as backwards, I had helped improve them 20%. This was not the horse to continue to improve the breed. I set about finding a far better horse. Dreaming of the day when paints could hold their own against the quality of the QH. Finding the Perfect horse to IMPROVE the Aussie PHAA bloodlines – “JUST SHAMELESS” – A DREAM COME TRUE. As long as I live I don’t believe I shall see a Paint horse imported to equal the quality that Just Shameless has brought to the Australian paint horse industry. This world champion, Multiple world title holder is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME paint horse was imported by myself and Sally McPhee. Buddy has left many NATIONAL STATE AND ROYAL SHOW CHAMPIONS some even taking the OPEN futurities over the QH.
Amateurs have won their first buckles’ with Shameless progeny. National Western pleasure champions, Hunters, trail, Hacks, dressage, rodeo mounts, heading and heeling, barrels, You name it ~SHAMELESS progeny have done it! and done it with STYLE. Tri colours and garlands adorning their beautiful slender necks. The dream of realising the front ends of the paints being balanced off a FABULOUS SHOULER and having the QUALITY to compete and win in open company has been realised.
The most amazing paint horse this country is likely to see in my life time has made this DREAM a reality. I am so proud of Buddy, our vision and achievements. The AUSTRALIAN PAINT HORSE INDUSTRY owes a VERY BIG DEBT to this wonderful horse. Not only is he a sire, he is an outstanding broodmare sire.
This quality passed down know as pre-potency. The ability to keep the line alive.
The dream to give the Shameless daughters the sire they need to continue the Coronation Park Legacy to the PAINT HORSE WORLD was achieved with the import of – TRIBULATION- His import in 04 saw a yet another dimension added to the CP legacy. We bred the great Liberations AQHA ,PHAA and NPHA multi Champion at Halter, Hunter, Western pleasure and Trail, started and competed by the incredible Holly Johnson of Rocking Horse Ranch, they were a formidable team. Tribulation progeny won major awards in all states from Halter Champions, Hunter, Western Pleasure, Dressage and Hacking. Sharron Winters beautiful Coronation Park Breed Kiss Me All Over, was also a major futurity champion and High Point Halter mare of Australia two consecutive years. Their national and state titles prove he was a worthwhile sire and we are sure he will be a valuable broodmare sire of the future. Sold to Victoria in 2007, he stood at Tudor lodge before his early demise. Frozen Semen is available from Jackie Lawson.
Selling these stallions has allowed other People to CONTINUE THE DREAM ~ TURNING THEM INTO THEIR OWN DREAMS.
2008 saw the import of CP Classic Sensation A son of the great USA sire Kids Classic Style. He covered a lovely book of mares producing national champions in both Australia and New Zealand. CP Diorisimo was awarded many futurity and State Champion QH titles, she was also High Point halter horse of Australia for Sharron Winter in both open and Amateur. Classic QH purchased Sensation from CP before he covered his first mare, they took possession of him in December 08. Nick and Melinda Roffey bred some lovely progeny from this big horse.
Uwantapieceofme ~ WORLD CHAMPION ~! arrived in the beginning of 09. He produced multiple National AQHA, Palomino and New Zealand Halter Champions from his first crop. He sold to Bill Clancy before his second crop were born. His outstanding progeny was a filly CP Uwannakissme, bred by Coronation Park and owned and shown by our dear friend Sharron Winter to High point halter mare of Australia in both Amateur and open in her weanling and yearling year. CP Iwannabeabillionaire showed for Olena Stud in New Zealand for NEW ZEALAND GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION Halter horse before Mark started him under saddle.
THE CAICOS KID A beautiful grey stallion ~ CK KID ~ from our imported mare Playgirls Treasure sold to Melanie Kirk, was 4 times AQHA National Champion and Grand Champion Stallion at the World Show Down Under.
TOUCHED: A liver Chestnut stallion ~ TOUCHDOWN KID ~ born on Coronation Park Stud to Australian time, from our top producing mare, A Designer Original – high point halter mare of America twice. Showed for AQHA Reserve Champion halter horse and places in Hunter Under Saddle Classes. Sold to Rikki Deville and Carl Plantke
Our change in direction in January 2010 saw us purchase from the great WINDERADEEN STUD NSW some incredible bloodlines to add to Coronation Park. Western Pleasure stallion HF SOMETHIN HOT became available for purchase as well as some of the best pleasure mares and producers this nation had to offer. We purchased HF SOMETHIN HOT and 4 mares, WINDERADEEN HAVALILFAITH – one of the best ever show mares of Australia and from an outstanding NPHA + AQHA champion mare, producing exceptional pleasure and all round horses. WINDERADEEN GAY CEE BARS – outstanding show and broodmare having 5 AQHA National and NPHA champion siblings. WINDERADEEN CEE ME SMOKE – NPHA CHAMPION young sister to Winderadeen Gay Cee Bars and WINDERADEEN IMA HAPPY GAL – Aust Congress Champion and Champion producer.
WINDERADEEN HAVALILFAITHreturned as a 3yo and was NPHA FUTURITY CHAMPION for us. Added to our broodmare band she has produced via E.T some outstanding progeny. – CP I BELEIVE is an incredible filly that we look forward to seeing start in 2014 as a 2yo. She has a Certain Potential Yearling colt of the 2012 foaling season, a HF gelding yearling ( 2012) a Tribulation filly (2012) sold. Her 2013 Lazy Loper colt is to be seen to be believed and she has a 2013 RL Best Of Sudden colt. Bred to HF SOMETHIN HOT for two babies due in 2014.
SURE A PRETTY BLAZE was added to the SHOW TEAM then brood mare band via E.T. A big beautiful daughter of Blazing Hot from one of Americas best ever producing mares Miss Surely Bars. Producer of some outstanding top futurity champions and the leading sire CERTAIN POTENTIAL. This gorgeous big mare showed for TNT training stables in 2013 to be Co Champion NPHA Derby Champion and was relegated to Reserve on a tie breaker. Her first foal ( by E.T) is showing in NZ winning halter and Lungeline for AdrIenne and Rob Hodgkin.Her 2013 Lazy Loper colt is AMAZING! She also has a RL Best of Sudden 2013 colt that’s gonna set the world ablaze! Expecting in 2014 tow babies by LAZY LOPER!
RAISIN MY INVESTMENT – by the great Invitation Only, and a sister in blood to Reichert Reserve Champion ONE N ONLY produced a 2012 HF gelding, and two 2013 Certain Potential babies. A brown Filly – CP CERTAINLY INSPIRING and black colt CP Lift N The Game. This is a top family of current Reichert, Congress and Am QHA champions, she is carrying to HF for 2014.
Imported in 2013 another outstanding mare ROSEY INVITATION, another by the great INVITATION ONLY. Showed at her first outing for three firsts in Australia, she is my Amateur mare to have some fun on. So beautiful and so pleasing. She has a LAZY LOPER baby due 2014 and a HF Somethin Hot.
Also imported in 2013 is the GOOD MACHINE mare, show winning JET SET POKEY DOTS from a beautiful family, she is a sister in blood to A love Machine European champion at Wp and Trail. We are expecting a LAZY LOPER from her in March! She was bought to breed to HF Somethin Hot. A big and gorgeous 16+ hand mare that has to be seen to be believed. Her first foal is a BLAZING HOT filly foaled Jan 2013. That will be for sale.
Last but not least, we have added a show mare by RL Best Of Sudden, from a Congress WP Champion whos dam is also a Congress WP Champion. She will arrive in 2014.
The future looks rosy for HF SOMETHIN HOT (aka SAM) who in 2012 and 2013 was awarded the leading performance sire in Australia. We are very proud of Sam and his progeny. Thank you to the many owners and breeders that support us each year. We know the difficulties in rearing associated with rearing great stock and appreciate you all for breeding to this great stallion and for helping keep our dreams alive
Some sound advice … Keep Dreaming … Never give up … look forward to what life has to offer, work with what you have AND work hard at creating bigger dreams.
REMEMBER ~ THE DREAM CREATES THE JOURNEY! ~
I thank the good Lord for allowing my life to be so blessed. My wonderful man, Peter. A life full of beautiful horses, returning us MUCH pleasure. What a journey this has been.
AND IT AINT OVER YET!!!!!! ~ JUST A DIFFERENT COLOUR.
We look forward to presenting you with the Next Chapter in THE DREAM CREATES THE JOURNEY
When the house lights dimmed and the concert
Was about to begin, the mother returned to
Her seat and discovered that the child was missing
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights
Focused on the impressive
Steinway on stage.
In horror, the mother saw
her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out
“Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star.”
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance,
quickly moved to the piano, and Whispered in the boy’s ear,
“Don’t quit.””Keep playing.”
Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached
Down with his left hand and began filling
In a bass part. Soon his right arm reached
Around to the other side of the child,
And he added a running obbligato.
Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what
could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.
The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what
else the great master played.
Only the classic,
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Perhaps that’s the way it is with God.
What we can accomplish on our own is
We try our best, but the
results aren’t always graceful flowing music.
However, with the Hand of the Master, our life’s work can truly be beautiful.
The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, Listen carefully.
You may hear the voice of the Master,
whispering in your ear,
“Don’t quit… Keep playing.”
May you feel His arms around you and
Know that His hands are there, helping you
Turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.
Remember, God doesn’t seem to Call
the equipped, rather, He equips the ‘called.’
Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the
things you acquire.
And remember keep Dreaming and
“Don’t quit… Keep playing.”