A Golden Tail

Golden Topaz (born 18/8/94), was sired by Linden Sami (pictured), a prolific Arabian, endurance stallion, owned by Cathy McCallum.

Topaz was bred by Trine Dayhew of Ingleside, NSW. Trine owned his mother “Pony” (Raminta Belle Chance), who was loved and ridden by her daughter, Kimberley Forwood (nee Dayhew).

In his younger days, Topaz's handsome, golden, charm led him to success in the show ring.

Pictured with a lovely sash at a Futurity Show.

Topaz was broken in by Trine (his breeder) around the age of 2 (1996) and was taken for an outing to a rally at Forest Hills Pony Club , where he never put a foot wrong. However, by that stage Kimberley (Trine’s daughter) had already outgrown his mother “Pony” (pictured below) and consequently Topaz. Pony had been the perfect mount for a little girl but had quite a narky streak (which she passed on to Topaz), however, she loved sharing her ice cream at PC events (also enjoyed by Topaz!). To obtain Kimberley a bigger horse, Topaz was partially swapped for a black thoroughbred named Phoenix, owned by Leanne Bruce.

Topaz had a half sibling Crystal Chic. She also belonged to Trine and was broken in by her friend, as at that time Trine had a badly broken arm.

Trine recalls that she too was an exceptionally special and talented horse. She was the only horse she had doing flying changes every 4 strides on demand! She had won and placed at a number of Northside Riding Club ODE's with Trine, before being sold to Jade Amos (nee Plummer). The list of people who wanted to buy her was longer than my arm, Trine said.

Crystal ridden by her new owner, Jade Plummer over a jump at Hills District Open ODE + with Trine at a show.

As a 2yo Topaz had found a new home with Leanne Bruce. Leanne was a trick rider/trainer and in partnership with Heath Harris (horse trainer), owned & operated Girls, Girls, Girls. Topaz was taught liberty work and trained to became part of the team.

Photos taken by Hollie Shiels of HLS Trick Riding & equestrian services S.E QLD

From Leanne Bruce, I believe Topaz was sold to Madeleine Kurzer, and was kept at Gostelow Equestrian. I am a little unsure if this is the time he was owned by Kristine Dery of Duffy’s Forrest or from Medeleine he then belonged to Kristine, but this is around the time where he competed at National Interschools in showjumping and eventing.

His Nationals rug from 2008 has been passed through each family (so Topaz still has it!).

On the 14th July 2009, Kristine Dery of Duffy’s Forrest sold Topaz to the David Family of Berrima, for their son Henry to ride. Topaz is the ideal boy's horse, as he does not like to be brushed and fussed over. He of course did a stellar job of showing another young rider the ropes of jumping and cross jumping. It was this family that highly recommended we purchase Topaz.

From Henry David, Topaz went to a new boy rider in 2012, Henry Gubbins. They describe Topaz as having a love of jumping and sporting, enjoying many pony club rally days. Henry did the odd one day event on him (but the dressage was not Henry’s thing but boy did they love the jumping part and cross country!!).

Henry and Topaz had great success at pony club. In 2012, they were awarded a perpetual trophy for Rider under 15 Most Improved and in 2013 they won the Excellence in Sporting for Berrima & District Pony Club. They enjoyed participating in the young rider clinics, especially at Mirrabooka, and just before they sold him, he came 5th in an enormous class at Berrima Horse Trials.

The Gubbins Family describe Topaz as 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙮, 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙤 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙟𝙤𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙡𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙮 𝙛𝙚𝙬!

In March 2016 Topaz went to another young rider on the Southern Highlands, where he once more dutifully carried them through many pony club rallies and jumping competitions. He was again outgrown and in August 2019, publicly placed for sale. I had been looking for a schoolmaster jumper, and he came highly recommended by the David Family and other members of the Southern Highlands Equestrian Community. In the ad he was described as 14hh and 23yo (perfect!). He had unfortunately already gone on trial to a girl but thankfully, it didn’t work out (he doesn't tolerate total beginner riders), so we did a mad dash with the float to get him.

He was more like 13.1hh (which for Emily who outgrows everything within 6 months, was not ideal) and later we would work out abit older. I certainly didn't have all the peices of the puzzle in terms of Topaz's history, but knew he had been a great jumping pony and felt a duty of care to take him home.

This was the Topaz we met and paid money for (what was I thinking?!).

𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵

Two months of good feed (despite the drought conditions), expensive dental treatment & lots of love, Topaz & Emily were ready for their first ride together.

By the end of 2019 the palomino pony was starting to shine.

Early 2020, Emily enjoyed pottering around the farm on Topaz, taking him trail riding and learning to trust a pony when jumping, which gave her huge amounts of confidence.

February 2020, Topaz attends his first dressage competition with Emily.

February - October 2020 in photos

By October 2020, Topaz seemed grumpier than usual. I thought perhaps he had had enough of teaching children and needed to be semi retired.

He headed over to The Shearing Shed, Cowra to assist with keeping the grass down, greeting guests and starring in TV commercials with AirB&B, like this one.

Topaz came home around March 2021 and during the various midyear Covid lockdowns Emily decided to take him for a little ride one day…. Topaz was back! Turns out he just needed a small holiday as he loves his job! He then introduced Emily to eventing, and has always carried her safely around the course, at whatever speed she wants to go.

2022 - Topaz continues to shine and enjoys taking part in a variety of activities.

𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮

Topaz wins the CUDAL OC ODE E grade.

Whilst we never have any major plans for him and just enjoy each day as it comes, we decided on a last minute entry to the Jumping section of the Interschool NSW Championships.

Despite the numerous flood & SES warnings, NSW Interschools went ahead in July 2022. Only to get to day 2 of the event and it was cancelled due to the horrendous weather (rain) conditions.

Pictured: Topaz enjoying his visit to SIEC

Stay tuned for the next chapter...

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