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Dawn Elliot - Monday, June 10, 2019

At the 2019 AGM of the NZ Welsh Pony & Cob Society I was re-elected onto the Council for a second term as South Island Vice President.

Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man was again awarded the Gunthwaite Trophy for winning the Section B Sires Ratings, for the 7th year in succession.

Pictured left:- Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man
Right:- Progeny of Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man, clockwise from top right Cedar Park Regal Man, Hollybank Vienetta, Hollybank We Whisper, Skibbereen Serenity, Hollybank Crusader.

Hollybank Antonio also had a stellar first season in the show ring as a yearling, which resulted in him winning the Punga Trophy for the most points overall from Inhand points shows in New Zealand.


Hollybank Blue Belle

Dawn Elliot - Sunday, February 10, 2019

Hollybank Blue Belle is a yearling partbred welsh filly by Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man out of an Irish x TB mare “Belle”. Blue Belle was sold to Colleen Roberts who exhibited her at the South Island All Welsh Show, she also had a particularly good day winning Champion Large Partbred, Grand Champion Partbred Junior and going on to be awarded Supreme Inhand Partbred Exhibit together with a NZWPCS Bronze Medal.

South Island Welsh Show 2019

Dawn Elliot - Saturday, February 09, 2019

The 2019 South Island All Welsh Show was a very special for Hollybank Crusader (Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man x Amaranda Charmian). Attending his first ever show at the age of two years under Australian judge Elizabeth D’hondt, “Colin” was awarded Champion Section B Gelding, Best Section B Exhibit, Grand Champion Purebred Gelding and went right though to win Supreme Purebred Welsh Exhibit along with a NZWPCS Silver Medal. A big thank you to Karolina Dyszy for helping with the show prep and to Abby Sinclair for leading Colin on the day.

Hollybank Antonio also had a terrific day, winning Champion Junior Section B colt/filly, Grand Champion Purebred Junior and Supreme Paced Exhibit. Thank you to Sarah Cronin for leading Tony, and Tony also helped Sarah and Abby to both win their Handler classes.


Canterbury Welsh Show 2019

Dawn Elliot - Monday, January 21, 2019

Hollybank Stud had a fantastic weekend at the 2019 Canterbury Welsh Show held on the 20th and 21st January with yearling colt Hollybank Antonio (Lemonshill Top Note x Bamborough Alexia). “Tony” was awarded Champion Section B Youngstock, Best Section B Exhibit and Supreme Purebred Welsh, receiving a NZWPCS Gold Medal, followed by Supreme Inhand Exhibit. This meant he had to return the following day where he won the Catherine Howell Trophy for the Supreme Exhibit of the Show (between Supreme Inhand/Ridden/Harness).


Lemonshill Falcon

Dawn Elliot - Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hollybank Stud has some exciting foals to look forward to in the 2019 breeding season. After importing frozen semen from Lemonshill Falcon in the UK, two mares at Hollybank have been confirmed infoal to him, Bamborough Alexia and Skibbereen Serenity. Imperial Revue has also been to the AI centre and we are just awaiting confirmation that she too is infoal.

Lemonshill Falcon is by Douthwaite Signwriter out of Lemonshill Firecrest. He is a previous Cuddy Finalist, Royal Welsh Male Champion 2016, under saddle HOYS and Olympia finalist. Sire of Supreme Champions inhand and under saddle. Sire of the 2017 SSPS Supreme Champion and the 2018 Futurity Top Yearling in the UK across all disciplines.



Hollybank Antonio

Dawn Elliot - Saturday, December 15, 2018

Yearling colt Hollybank Antonio made his show ring debut at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in November 2018. After injuring my knee prior to the show I was unable to lead Tony myself, but luckily Sarah Fitzgerald was on hand to take over the reins. They had a fantastic day, with Tony winning the Supreme Welsh Exhibit in the morning and then going on to win the Supreme All Breeds Award in the afternoon, an incredible achievement for such a young colt at his first ever show.

Ten days later Tony was off to Nelson to attend the Royal Show where he scored an RAS Royal Champion and RAS medal.

Another week after that he headed down to Gore to the Southland Welsh Show where he had another fabulous day, winning the Supreme Overall Purebred Welsh Exhibit.

The year was finished off at the South Island Premier Championship Show in Christchurch where Tony was again awarded the Supreme Welsh Exhibit.


Special Visitor

Dawn Elliot - Saturday, December 08, 2018

It was fantastic to have a visit today from JoAnna Faircloth of the Canterbury Equine Clinic. Jo (from Canada) saved the lives of both Tooravale Jacaranda (Jackie) and Hollybank Justin Time (Joey) when Jackie had to have major colic surgery mid-way through her pregnancy. Cannot thank Jo enough for her expertise and it was lovely to have her pop in to see how Jackie and Joey were doing.



Dawn Elliot - Sunday, June 10, 2018

I made the trip up to this year’s AGM held in Palmerston North and was elected to the position of South Island Vice President of the NZWPCS Council.

Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man once again won the Section B Sires Rating Award, this is the sixth year in succession he has won this. He also repeated the double from last year of winning the Sires Rating award and being the sire of the Punga Trophy Inhand Points winner, last year with Skibbereen Serenity (owned by Hollybank Stud) and this year with Hollybank Wee Whisper (owned by Te Hepe Stud).

Pictured clockwise from left Nawarrah Park Lady’s Man, Hollybank Wee Whisper, Skibbereen Serenity.


Bendigo Royal Charm

Dawn Elliot - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

It was decided after the 2018 South Island All Welsh Show that Bendigo Royal Charm aka Milly would be retired from the show ring. Milly has had a spectacular show career, including winning the Supreme All Breeds Award at the Canterbury Breeders Show in 2010 when she was just two years old and was Runner-Up Supreme All Breeds there in 2016. She was Supreme Inhand Exhibit at the Canterbury Welsh Show for 4 years in a row from 2014-2017 and Supreme Purebred Exhibit at the South Island All Welsh Show in 2017 and 2018, winning 4 WPCS gold medals and 2 silver medals, along with many other Champions and Supremes along the way and some years off in between having babies. "Queen Milly" would now like to reign supreme in the paddock at home, bossing everyone around because she knows that she really is the Queen, and will be having some more babies....after producing 4 colts we are hoping the filly fairy might finally pay her a visit!


Methven A&P Show 2018

Dawn Elliot - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hollybank Vienetta (Nawarrah Park Lady's Man x Hazelmere Vanita) wrapped up the show season at Methven A&P Show on the 17th March with Champion Welsh Youngstock, completing her "triple" for the season of three outings for three champions. We had some role reversal for the day with Izzy Jack doing the leading and me being the groom.