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Saddle Camp Goss - November '17


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2017 Open Gardens November 25 & 26: Helpers Needed

Braidwood Preschool have started planning for the 2017 Open Gardens weekend and this year there will be 6 Braidwood Gardens open! The funds raised from this event, in the past 2 years, have meant that fees havent increased and that Preschool has been able to employ about ratio numbers of educators! So parents & childrten have directly benefitted from the funds raised. 

The Open Garden Weekend will be held on November 25 & 26 in the Braidwood area so mark your calendars and invite family and friends! 

To make this event happen, a large number of volunteers are needed. Please let us know if you're able to help out over the weekend for any of the following shifts/tasks;

- sit at the gates, to collect payments and hand out information
- morning shifts 10am to 1pm
afternoon shift 1pm to 4pm
bake goodies to sell on the day
- putting out and packing up signs

Contact Kathy or Samara on 0418 465 312 for more info, and you can also check out our Facebook page!

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Girls Day Out
11th November 2017


JCF Contracting Goulburn Cup
26th November 2017


034 Racecourse, Taralga Rd, Goulburn NSW 2580



Halloween at Saddle Camp

Last Tuesday our Saddle Club riders celebrated Halloween in true spooky style. Riders dressed as witches, skeletons, mummies, monsters and even as a Cheshire Cat! Everyone participated in a ride which took place down Bombay road and had various stopping points where riders were able to take their pick of a "trick or treat". Although the weather was quite cool, it was a successful afternoon with all riders and helpers coming away with many treats & also grins as big as a Cheshire Cat's! 



Teagan and Spirit's Show Debut!

A few weekends ago Saddle Camp rider, Teagan Mathews, and her Shetland pony, Spirit, competed at their first show together. The pair did very well coming away with 2 ribbons!  Well done Teagan!


Congratulations Teagan & Spirit! Best of luck for the rest of the Show season!  


Winners of our Monthly Barrel Draw! 

This months winner is Kaitlyn Rolfe! Congratulations Kaitlyn, you have won a Gift Certificate for a free Day Camp of your choice!

Congratulations to our runner-ups - Bailee Winton-Murray, Carys Hogkinson, Lucy McCudden, Ella Day, Milla Molloy, Sophia Lovegrove, and Lily Sheridan. 



Our winner of last months competition is Jessica Lauff! Congratulations Jessica, you've won a $50 Gift Certificate which can be put towards any purchase of your choice at Saddle Camp!   

Congratulations also to our Runner Up Winner Bianka Micic




Congratulations To:

 Akira, Alyssa Kelso, Kesha Botis, Olivia Cheetham, Eden Carpenter, Lucinda McGrath, Lily & Frankie Goldsbrough who were all awarded a trophy for Best Horse Person at Saddle Camp (at our Day and Overnight Camps)! 

Happy Birthday To:

Georgia Allen, Lucinda Antcliff, Finlay Barrett, Olivia Baumann-Lionet, Naomi Beard, Annie Bilbrough, Zoe Brown, Ellis Brown, Scarlett Bunn, Lauren Bunney, Ebony Bunt, Sienna Cheesman, Grace Clee, Daisy Coloton, Jade Cottam, Tylae Crean, Finn Creevey, Lyla Crosbie, Rory Davis, Olivia Dhepnorrarat, Tate Doherty, Georgia Earle, Sarah Efford, Arrabella Gardiner, Jallamara Gardner, Kate Gore, Bally Gunderson, Caitlin Hagan, Ashanti Harkness, Sara Harryson, Angus Hawker, Tabea Henckel Quinn, Adelaide Hutchings, Micthell Johnson, Emily Jones, Sophie Lee, Ariana Louis, Teileigha Lukey, Holly Mackay, Lola Maher, Kelsie Mailler, Lachlan Malcolm, Molly May, Charlotte McGrath, Cora Michell, Lily Moore, Brittany Olde, Zoe Oliver,  Rose Osborne, Greta Owen, Georgia Page, Gabrielle Palme, Ela Parsons, Lydia & Addie Penprase, Khalia Perre, Kaylee Rawson, Audrey Rivers, Ellie-Rose Roberts, Poppy Robertson, Amelia Robinson, Arlo Rose, Alisha Ryan, Elsa Schmidt-Liermann, Dana Seward, James Sinclair, Piper Spillaino, Katya Strahan, Chloe Stuart, Leila Stubbs, Elyse Swann, Zuzanna Szczesmek, Jake Taylor, Lachlan Taylor, Penelope Van Holst, Evelyn Van Wijk, Peter Vlasoff, Ariella Vogl, Kayla Walkom, Kevin Wang, Harry Waters and Zara Writer. 


For Sale:

Lola-Lee Lou's Equestrian T-shirts! Handmade & designed Equestrian t-shirts by Lola-Lee Lou Hoeffer-Dunne from Canberra. These t-shirts are displayed at Saddle Camp but can be mailed to those of you who wish to purchase one of these gorgeous pieces of clothing! To order yours now, contact Helen on 0417 456 093 or E:

New Size L 10 Saddle Camp Polo Shirts - We have new & improved Saddle Camp shirts for those of you who would like to purchase one. All have "Saddle Camp" written on the backs, but can order a batch for those of you wishing to have shirts personalised & in appropriate sizes - $45
For more details contact Helen on 0417 456 093 or Email: 

 Kids Leather Gloves - Like new, smart looking brown & taupe ELT riding gloves - would suit 7 - 10 year old $15
Contact Helen for more details - 0417 456  093 or E:

 If you have any outgrown horsey gear, name your price and let me know. I’d be delighted to advertise it here in our newsletter, free of charge!  There’s

In our Café/Gift Shop, we have:

·                     Brand new, never been read, Thoroughbred, Heartland and Saddle Club books from $2-$5 each. 

·                     Saddle Camp Caps, Beanies, Hats, Pillow Cases, Key Rings, etc. 

·                     Horse Riding Apparel – cute jods, gorgeous shirts, chapettes, jackets, socks, etc.

·                     Espresso Coffee & Freshly Baked Treats with some featuring Australian Native Ingredients (such as Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake, Anzac Biscuits, Saddle Camp Short Bread Girls, Pies, Chocolate Cake & Brownies).

·                     Sully's Homemade Pickles, Chutneys & Assorted Brewed Soft Drinks - various delicious flavours to choose from & are all made from local, homegrown produce at The Old Cheese Factory in Reidsdale, Braidwood.

·                     Yerriebah Jams with berries grown and bottled in Little Bombay Road.

·                     Elanor’s Eggs – Free range eggs from our lovely next door neighbor Elanor.  $5 for a fresh dozen.  Call 0415 585 878 to order and collect them on your next visit to Saddle Camp.


Also, we have a huge collection of lost property – so if you think you’ve left something behind don’t be afraid to ask me.  I’ll post it back to you!


How I Got Into Horses! 

Chynna Marston - Former Jockey


Chynna Marston began her riding career at Pony Club in her home town of Griffith. She competed in hacking, showjumping and eventing until she was thirteen at which time she left pony club to concentrate on the country show circuit. Concentrating on showjumping, she competed at Royal shows and at State level in both showjumping and eventing. Chynna trained her own team and it’s a credit to her, that two of her team, both former racehorses, were selected for the Youth Olympics, with one winning a gold medal as part of the Australian team. Unfortunately Chynna herself was unable to compete, as she was too young at the time.

At sixteen Chynna had a bad fall while showjumping. “I ended up with six broken ribs; a lacerated lung; a broken collarbone and a broken sternum and was sidelined for a year. When I recovered, I started breaking-in horses. Then a local trainer asked me if I’d ride trackwork for him. I agreed and a new career opened up for me. I just fell in love with racing.”


While riding trackwork, Chynna accepted an offer to take up an apprenticeship with Wagga Wagga based trainer, Trevor Sutherland. A lack of opportunities saw her return home to Griffith, where she began to study law through Charles Sturt University. A few months later however, she was offered an opportunity to resume her apprenticeship. This time the opportunities did come. She rode her first winner, Benny’s Jet, at Berrigan. Doubles and a treble quickly followed. Her success led to a move to Canberra, where local trainers gave her a warm welcome and plenty of opportunities. Life was looking pretty good, but then disaster struck. A fall at Tumut ended her career as a jockey. She suffered a fractured neck which left her suffering with epilepsy  and regular migraines. As one door closed, another opened, thanks to Sky Racing presenter, John Scorse.

“John knew I dreamed of a career in the media and introduced me to his executive producer. That introduction resulted in me attending the Sky Academy and landing my job as a presenter, which I just love.”

When not working on Sky, Chynna is devoting her time to her other dream, that of rescuing, retraining and rehoming retired racehorses. “I simply adore these beautiful animals. It’s so sad that many of them face a very bleak future when their racing days are over. I want to help as many as I can to find a life after racing, which is why I set up Recycled Racehorses, with the help of my mother.”

Chynna and her mother Cheryl, are currently caring for thirty ex-racehorses. At the moment, Chynna has to support them through her earnings as a part-time Sky presenter and through giving riding lessons. Anyone wishing to donate to this worthy cause, may do so, simply click on the link provided for more details - GoFundMe at



Braidwood Events


Local Nature & Wildlife Happenings!

Micro Bat Workshop

Micro bats are more important to the Australian environment than most people appreciate. To learn about these active but rarely seen night flyers Tarago Landcare Group (TLG) invites the public to a presentation by micro bat expert Heather Caulfield - at the Tarago Hall on Sunday 5th November at 9.30am. - followed by morning tea.

Heather's talk will cover these points:
- overview on bats - flying foxes and microbats
- environmental importance of bats
- health impacts of bats living in proximity to humans
- the threats to bats (land clearing, habitat loss etc)
- the bats you are likely to see around Tarago
- what people can do to help to reduce the risk to bats

For those interested in bat and bird box construction TLG will have example boxes and plans on hand for assessment. Gold Coin Donation for non-members of Tarago Landcare Group


We hope you have a Nifty November, and we really hope to see you soon! From Helen, Rob, Laura, Sarah, Blake, Dexter, Carson,Victory, Belle, Champ, Abby, Cadie, Callie & Eddie xoxox 

1040 Bombay Road Braidwood, Ph: 0417 456 093, E:,